Korea Civil Service Examinations and Records of Officials and Employees (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Korea, Civil Service Examinations and Records of Officials and Employees, 1390-1900
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Service
Collection years: 1390-1900
Languages: Korean
Title in the Language: 공공기록 (간찰, 통문, 기타), 900-2012
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What is in This Collection?

This collection will include records from Jeollabuk-do and Jeonju-si, South Korea. The records are in Korean and Chinese, dated from 1390 to 1900, and include Korean civil service examinations from the Joseon Dynasty, as well as records of officials and employees.

The civil service examinations under the Joseon dynasty were known as the gwageo. These difficult tests were central to most education during the Joseon dynasty and assessed the applicant’s knowledge of Chinese classics and, occasionally, technical skills. Passing the tests qualified individuals to enter into the higher governmental or aristocratic positions.

Reading These Records

These records are in Korean and Chinese. For help with reading these records see the following resources:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Korea, Civil Service Examinations and Records of Officials and Employees, 1390-1900.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Civil service examinations

  • Name of Employee
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Names of Parents
  • Name of Spouse
  • Residence

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  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • Approximate age
  • Approximate location of residence

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  1. Select Country (국가), Province (도, 시), City or County (시,군)
  2. Select 제명 (Title), 년 (Year) , and 권 (Volume) and/or 페이지 (Page) to view the images.

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the birth date to calculate an approximate marriage date
  • Use the residence to search for other records in the area
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Check for variant spellings of the names

Record Finder

Consult the South Korea Record Finder to find other records

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"한국 국가 공무원 시험 및 공무원의 기록, 1390-1900." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 30 August 2016. Private collection of Song Man Oh, Jeollabuk-do.
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