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Tracing Your British Indian Ancestors [Paperback]

Emma Jolly
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16 Feb 2012
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.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (16 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848845731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848845732
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Emma Jolly is the author of Tracing your British Indian Ancestors (Pen & Sword, 2012).

Emma is a genealogist and historical researcher working for her own company, Genealogic. She writes regularly on the subjects of the British in India, London social history and genealogical problem-solving.

Her first book, Family History for Kids, was published in 2007, and won Your Family Tree magazine's Beginner's Book of the Year in 2008.

Emma currently lives in London with her husband and two children.




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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

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Wow!! A brilliant book which brings any researcher (novice or experienced) quickly up to speed. It provides the reader with relevant background historical information, useful "how to" explanations, and great lists of sources to check (both online and hard copy records). I estimate that this book it saved me many hours on a recent visit to the British Library to research in the India Office collection. More importantly, I was quickly finding relevant records by following the suggested sources and approaches in the book. The "Tracing Your xxxxx Ancestors" is a great series and this is one of the best books in the series.
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I spend hours researching my Indian ancestors, with some success, but was reluctant to shell out for the hardback version in case it told me what I already knew. So, bought this on Kindle, which I knew was probably a mistake, as wonderful though Kindle is, it is not an ideal medium for reference or non-fiction works. What I have read is fine, but I'm already frustrated by my inability to mark and flick to and fro to the bits I really want. I may indulge in the hardback when I have finished skim-reading this version, if I feel it has enough that is of use. No one to blame but myself, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Genealogists 29 May 2012
By LinT
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A really useful book for those interested in the history of British India and the people. Helpful web sites and where to go for further information. Easy to read and understand. Well worth purchasing if you are tracing your ancestors in British India.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good helpful book 17 Oct 2012
By Pauline
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Found this book very helpful, especially with the getting started information. It has also give me quite a few websites that I didn't know existed to check out.
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