The Genealogy of the Royal Family

Jongbusi (a department of Joseon)Joseon, 1681 (year 7 of Sukjong)

Academy of Korean Studies

Academy of Korean Studies
Seongnam-si, South Korea

Seonwon-rok is a genealogical book of the royal family. It was published every three years by an office called Jongbusi, and recorded biographical information on the royal clans under government administration. King Taejong (the third king of Joseon) who was concerned about the future conflict over the throne after his death, gave order to split the genealogy into three types: 《Seonwon-rok》, 《Jongchin-rok》 and 《Yubu-rok》. Present day 51 books of 《Seonwon-rok》 was compiled on the year 7 of King Sukjong (1681), recording the descendants of kings from Taejo to Heonjong. Each page is divided into 7 columns by a red line, the top of which writes the name of the queen. For the descendants of the prince, down to 9th generation was written down in the other 6 columns, and for the descendants of the princess, down to 6th generation was listed. The order of composition goes from a legitimate prince and princess to a prince and princess by a concubine.


  • Title: The Genealogy of the Royal Family
  • Creator Nationality: Korean (Joseon)
  • Date: Joseon, 1681 (year 7 of Sukjong)
  • published: Jongbusi (a department of Joseon)
  • location: Jangseogak, Academy of Korean Studies, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, Rep. Korea
  • composition: 51 books
  • Physical Dimensions: w42.1 x h62.1 cm
  • Original Title: Seonwon-rok (선원록, 璿源錄)
  • Korean caption: 선원록은 종부시(宗簿寺)에서 식년마다 편찬한 왕실의 족보로 국가에서 관리하는 왕의 친인척에 관한 인적사항을 조사하여 기록한 것이다. 태종(太宗, 조선 3대 임금)이 자신의 사후에 일어날지도 모를 왕위계승 분쟁을 우려하여 1412년 왕실족보를 《선원록(璿源錄)》, 《종친록(宗親錄)》, 《유부록(類附錄)》의 세 가지로 분할하여 작성할 것을 명하였다. 숙종 7년(1681) 이것들을 통합 개수한 것이 이 51책의 《선원록(璿源錄)》으로, 태조부터 현종까지 왕의 후손들을 기록하였다. 붉은 선으로 각 면을 7단으로 나누어 상단에는 왕후(王后)를 밝히고 나머지 6단에 왕자의 후손은 왕의 9대손까지, 공주의 후손은 왕의 6대손까지 적혀있다. 구성은 대군-공주-왕자-옹주 순이다.
  • Provenance: Academy of Korean Studies
  • Type: Manuscript
  • Rights: Academy of Korean Studies

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