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Does your history include the royals?

- May 31st, 2012

If you’ve ever wondered if a family tale about your great, great uncle Robert worked for the royals, now you can find out.

The website FindMyPast has released 50,000 staff records from the reign of King Charles II to King George V between 1660 and 1924. The records include details such as name, occupation, age, length of service and salary.

“A number of Canadians of British descent are likely to be able to trace their ancestry to the 50,000 royal staff who served British monarchs over four centuries and feature in these records,” Peter Freedman said in an e-mail promoting the release of records.

The records were previously only accessible at Windsor Castle by appointment.

With the release of the records, FindMyPast has also released the top 10 interesting job titles:

1. Chocolate maker to the queen

2.Yeoman of the month to her majesty Queen Mary in the pantry

3. Necessary woman to the corridor and entrance hall

4. Keeper of the lions in the tower

5. Moletaker

6. Master of the game of cock fighting

7. Groom of the removing wardrobe

8. Groom of the stole

9. Stewer of Herbs

10. Laundress of the body linen

“People across the globe continue to be fascinated by the British Royal Family, as well as the relationship between ‘upstairs’ and ‘downstairs’ life. In the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, this is the perfect opportunity to explore your family history and discover whether you have an ancestor who worked for the royal household,” historian Debra Chatfield said in the press release.

 

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