Finding out about your ancestors in British India
This is an introductory talk which looks at the role of Britain in the British Indian Empire. There are two versions of this talk which I can present to groups. The first is a more general history, which will be of interest to local history groups; whilst the second looks in more detail at specific issues useful for the family historian. Both talks will look at the life of British people in India, their work, leisure and travel.
The family history-focused talk explores the methods and sources that are available for the family historian, and how to access information about Europeans who lived in India. Over the period of British rule more than half a million Europeans resided in India: in 1867 alone, there were nearly 40,000 Europeans. Therefore, most people will have had an ancestor who worked, lived, and sadly for many, died in India. This talk should be an interest to all.
By Edgar Holroyd-Doveton
Free to members of the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society
£2.50 for non-members