This guide is the result of merging two separate checklists. The checklist of Army Lists (British Army lists 1642- : a chronological handlist) is undated and without attribution of authorship. It is believed to have been compiled around 1980 as a collaborative effort by the staff at that time of what was then the Official Publications Library (OPL) of the British Library; the identity of the actual compiler is unknown.
The checklist of Navy Lists (Navy lists : a chronological handlist of lists of ships and officers of the Royal Navy since ca 1640) is better documented. It was compiled in 1986 by Joy Tilley, a graduate library trainee, as a project for her work experience training under the supervision of Richard Cheffins who edited the result.