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.
For those family historians who find a link to India in their investigation, this is a very useful reference book, which points the researcher to numerous resources. The book covers the period from the early... [read full review]Genealogist’s Magazine
Many of our ancestors went to India to work for the East India Company, to service in the army, to undertake various trading activities, or as missionaries. Some – the nabobs – came back with... [read full review]FFHS
This is a history of the Indian sub-continent under British rile and of the lives of the British who were there at carious times. It is a comprehensive social history from the early days of... [read full review]Bristol & Avon FHS, September 2012
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,... [read full review]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. Her book will help family historians put their research... [read full review]Kent FHS Journal
The book is packed with useful information both about the history of the British in India, back to the origins of the British East India Company in the early 17th century through to Independence and... [read full review]Your Family Tree June 2012
Every aspect of British Indian history is covered in this book, plus all the relevant sources currently available in the British Library India Office and the National Archives. It covers the records of the armed... [read full review]Roots and Branch, West Surrey FHS
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? Magazine, July 2012
This new guide is an excellent introduction to researching ancestors in British India. Genealogist Emma Jolly covers the history of the subcontinent under British rule, including what your ancestors’ lives may have been like, from... [read full review]Family tree, May 2012
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About Emma Jolly
Emma Jolly is a well-known genealogist and writer, specializing in London and the British Empire. She is the author of Tracing Your British Indian Ancestors and Family History for Kids. She also contributes to history publications including Discover My Past, Family Tree magazine, Your Family Tree, Genealogists' Magazine, Your Family History and the Journal of FIBIS (the Families in British India Society).