Catalogue description Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Consular Department: Registered Files (K, KO and GK Series)
|Title:||Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Consular Department: Registered Files (K, KO and GK Series)|
This series consists of registered files of the Foreign Office Consular Department (January to March 1967), the Joint Foreign Office/Commonwealth Office Consular Department (March 1967 to October 1968) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Consular Department (October 1968 onwards). They are the London headquarters end of correspondence with UK consular representative overseas. From March 1967 the series includes Commonwealth as well as foreign consular affairs.
Arrangement is by former file reference. The K series files in this series are a continuation of earlier K series records created in the Foreign Office, but from January 1967 the registration system used was altered from the earlier 'jacket' system to a registered file system in preparation for the formation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in October 1968. Records in the K series created by the Foreign Office Consular Department were inherited by a joint Foreign Office/Commonwealth Office Consular Department (in which the Foreign Office was the lead department) which was established in March 1967, using the KO file series.
This was replaced by a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Consular Department on the creation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in October 1968, which inherited both the K and the KO series files. A new GK series was used by the FCO Consular Department from October 1968.
For earlier Commonwealth Relations and Commonwealth Office Nationality and Consular Department files see DO 211
For earlier Foreign Office Consular Department records see FO 369
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Former reference in its original department:||GK, K and KO file series|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
Commonwealth Office, Consular Department, 1967-1968
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Consular Department, 1968-1996
Foreign Office, Consular Department, 1893-1968
|Physical description:||1841 file(s)|
|Access conditions:||Open unless otherwise stated|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
From 1999 Foreign and Commonwealth Office
|Accruals:||Series is accruing|
|Administrative / biographical background:||
The consular departments dealt with consular matters, such as assisting distressed UK citizens overseas, care of war graves and British cemeteries, and repatriations.
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