This impressive volume provides a detailed tour of the history and genealogical resources relating to British India. This is a book that cannot fail to assist you in your search for your British Indian Ancestors. - Who Do You Think You Are? Many of us have ancestors who lived and worked in India, not only for the East India Company, its Army and Navy, but in the Civil Service, the railways in India, mining and engineering and, of course, in tea. The book covers the period from 1600 to the late 18th century but offers a very useful chronology of the British in India from 1600 to independence in 1947 - it describes the history and development of each strand of Indian society and gives advice on searching online records and where other data can be found. A very useful guide for your research into British India. - West Middlesex Family History Society
Tracing Your British Indian Ancestors gives a fascinating insight into the history of the subcontinent under British rule and into the lives the British led there. It also introduces the reader to the range of historical records that can be consulted in order to throw light on the experience of individuals who were connected to India over the centuries of British involvement in the country.Emma Jolly looks at every aspect of British Indian history and at all the relevant resources. She explains the information held in the British Library India Office Records and The National Archives. She also covers the records of the armed forces, the civil service and the railways, as well as religious and probate records, and other sources available for researchers. At the same time, she provides a concise and vivid social history of the British in India: from the early days of the East India Company, through the Mutiny and the imposition of direct British rule in the mid-nineteenth century, to the independence movement and the last days of the Raj. Her book will help family historians put their research into an historical perspective, giving them a better understanding of the part their ancestors played in India in the past.