Anglo-Indian – Indian BMD records

Starting with the names and dates (if only approximate) that you know, you can work your family back by piecing together information found on baptism, marriage and burial records produced in India.

The best place to find these records is at the India Office of the British Library in London. A full guide to using these resources, including an example involving the Thomason family, is available at the British Library website.

Some of the records are available online, and copies may be accessible at a family history centre nearer to you. Before you make a journey, take a look at the online collections at the British Library’s India Office Family History Search page, and the Families in British India Society website.

The names that you encounter in these records should give you an indication as to where your Indian ancestry appeared.

In Alistair McGowan’s case, the name of the Indian mother was conspicuously missing, and he turned to a local historian to discover the likely cause.

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