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Welcome to the website for people tracing their British, European and Anglo-Indian family history in India, Burma, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This website was created by Cathy Day of Canberra, Australia.

*** The COMPLETE index to Bengal marriages 1855-1896 is now available ***
*** The total number of names on this site is now over 234,000 ***

Pages last updated on 22nd September, 2005. Recent changes are :


To search for any words in this site, including the names of about 234,000 Europeans and Anglo-Indians resident in India during the colonial period, please use this search engine. This will search for words in the Family History in India website. If you are searching for an individual, please enter only their surname. You may also search for a location, regiment, occupation, and so on, but use one word at a time.

If you want to try an advanced search, such as using exact spelling or a combination of words, please click here.

Starting Out

If you are just starting out researching your family history in British India, then please read through the Starting Out section. It will guide you on how to proceed to trace your own family history.

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Church Records

India has no birth, marriage or death certificates, so the best place to start searching for your ancestors in colonial India is in the church records.

Cemetery Records

If your ancestors were buried in South Asia, then you may find some information on cemeteries useful. This page describes some cemeteries in South Asia, and has links to the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia (BACSA).

Other Sources

There are many sources for family history in India in addition to church and cemetery records. These include the Oriental and India Office Collections of the British Library (formerly records of the India Office).

Mailing List

Join the Mailing List

This is a free email mailing list for persons researching their British and European ancestors in India, Burma and surrounding areas. There are currently over 700 members who may be able to offer free, friendly and helpful advice on your research problem.



Books related to the subject of the European presence in India are available for online ordering from Amazon.com. Visit the bookstore for some recommended reading.

Names of Europeans

This page contains lists of over 85,000 European and Anglo-Indian persons in colonial India. These include newspaper birth, marriage and death notices, civil pensioner lists, Army muster rolls, a book index, military pensioner lists, mariners' certificates, Indian Mutiny Medal recipients and more. Check out this webpage to see if your ancestor is named. A composite index is available.

Background Information

This page is a series of links that provide general background information on the British in India. This includes histories, maps, photos and so on.

Regimental Histories

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If your ancestors served in the British Army in India, then you may be interested to read the histories of some of the regiments that served in India during colonial times. There are also links to other regimental history websites, rolls of members of some regiments that served in India and a diary of a soldier who served in India in the Green Howards.


This page provides guidance as to where to search for records, depending on your ancestor's occupation in colonial India. Check out this page and find an alphabetical list of occupations and how to find genealogical information on soldiers, sailors, teachers, missionaries, tea planters and more.

Non-British Ancestors in India

Most of the Family History in India website refers to British and Anglo-Indian research. However, I have created a few pages relating to non-British ancestry in India. These cover Indian, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Danish, Armenian and Jewish family history in India.

Societies and Associations
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This page provides links to a variety of associations and societies that are related to the topic of European genealogy in India. They include British, New Zealand and Dutch organisations - some of which are directly related to genealogy and others of which are related to the general subject of Europeans in India. Most of these groups are not connected to the Internet.

Professional Researchers

Professional researchers in England, India and Australia are able to offer paid assistance in researching family history on the sub-continent. This webpage provides contact details for selected professional researchers.

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My Family History

Related Pages

This section will provide links to subjects and areas that are not strictly related to India, but may be useful for those whose ancestors went further afield than India.

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