Genealogical Resources, Tools and Links

Several previous posts have presented the various resources available for researching family in British India. Following a number of requests for links, it seemed prudent to [re-]publish the list here, for ease of access and use. More links will be added as they are discovered.

Useful Tools and Resources

1. Families in British India Society (http://www.fibis.org/): (highly recommended)

…an [charitable] organisation devoted to members with an interest in researching their ancestors and the background against which they led their lives in ‘British India’. 

The Society was formed in November 1998 to provide a resource for people researching families and their social history in India from 1600 up to, and even after, Indian Independence in 1947.

Membership is a very reasonable £15 per year (at the time of writing), which provides access to the FIBIS databases and a very helpful community of fellow ancestry researchers and experts.

2. British Library, London (http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelpregion/asia/india/indiaofficerecordsfamilyhistory/familyresearch.html): (highly recommended)

The Asian and African Reading Room is where they store the records for the India Office Family History Search. A valuable resource for researching your ancestry in British India. The staff are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable on British India (and wider Asia and Africa).

Membership is free.

3. Find my past (http://www.findmypast.co.uk/):

All British India records are digitized on Find my past. However, the digitized records do not necessarily have the documents available electronically (you can access these in the British Library – see (2) above).

A subscription service, but free if accessed in most public libraries.

4. Anglo-Indian-Central (http://www.anglo-india-central.co.uk/): (highly recommended)

free online library of links and resources for Anglo-Indian research.

5. Family Echo (http://www.familyecho.com/):

Very useful online tool for building an interactive family tree.

6. Census Records (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/census-records/):

UK-based census searches. Useful for finding details of relatives in the UK.

7. Family Search (https://beta.familysearch.org/): (highly recommended)

A non-profit organisation collatingthe largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world.’

8. Society of Genealogists (http://www.sog.org.uk/):

Charitable organisation which ‘has many unique unpublished manuscript notes and printed and unpublished family histories. Its library contains Britain’s largest collection of parish register copies and many nonconformist registers. Along with registers, the library holds local histories, copies of churchyard gravestone inscriptions, poll books, trade directories, census indexes and a wealth of information about the parishes where our ancestors lived.’

9. Calcutta Tiljallah Relief (CTR) http://www.blairrw.org/ctr/ a US based charity to help indigent Anglo-Indians in India

10. Anglos in the Wind magazine http://www.angloink.com/

11. A compilation of research, publications, global events and many more Anglo-Indian related resources http://anglo-indians.com/

12. Anglo-Indian resources including the International Journal of Anglo-Indian Studies and The Anglo-Indian Wallah http://home.alphalink.com.au/~agilbert/indexold.html

13. Anglo-Indian family trees http://anglofamilytrees.com/

14. Anglo-Indian Project including:

Explore the Anglo-Indian Project further for more links, support and guidance. In particular, see the About the Anglo-Indian Project page and use the search, categories and tags functions on the left-hand side to explore the content.

Recent changes to the website are explained here. 

Happy hunting!


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