I have seen elsewhere on the internet today that the comedian Al Murray is not happy with a claim that he is related to David Cameron!
This was just some of the publicity that has surrounded the launch today of 2.5 million records from British India records that provide a fascinating glimpse into life on the Indian subcontinent
Family history website findmypast.co.uk has, in partnership with the British Library,Â added 2.5 million records covering over 200 years of history of the British in India and published them online for the first time today.
These records covering 1698-1947 give real insight into the heart warming and heart breaking stories of British citizens living in India during the tenure of the East India Company and the British Raj.
Debra Chatfield, Brand Manager at findmypast.co.uk said of the release: â€œThe new British in India records at findmypast are a great opportunity to find ancestors that previously were considered missing, as so many of our relatives sought their fortune on the subcontinent. Whether your relatives were clergy, aristocracy, tradespeople, merchants, civil servants or soldiers, the lowest and the landed all have stories to be told with these records.â€
These 2.5 million records include:
- Baptisms, Marriages & Burials (Catholic, Anglican & Civil registers)
- Army officersâ€™ marriage notifications
- Records for other locations administered by the India office (Aden, Burma, Kuwait, St Helena)
- Civil service records
- Pension registers
- Probate records & wills
I’ve already been taking a look for some of my ancestors.
British in India records are available on all findmypast sites and can be searched here .
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