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Tracing Your British Indian Ancestors (Paperback)

Family History

By Emma Jolly
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781848845732
Published: 5th March 2012
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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.

As seen in YOUR FAMILY TREE.

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 the arrival of the East India Company to independence and the final days of the Raj. With an in-depth look at the records available in the archives- from the Armed Forces and civil service to railways and religion- this will be an essential handbook for all family historians tracing trails to British India.

Family tree, May 2012

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

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 forces, the Civil Service and the railways as well religious and probate records.

Roots and Branch, West Surrey FHS

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 far beyond. READ IT FOR: A definitive guide to exploring British roots in India.

Your Family Tree June 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. 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.

Kent FHS Journal

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

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 the East India Company 400 years ago until just after the last days of the Raj in the 1940s. The difference aspects of control by the E.I.Co, the Government and the military are covered and there are specific chapters on topics such as merchants, shipping, railways, religion and schools.

Bristol & Avon FHS, September 2012

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 a fortune. It is therefore surprising that, until now, there has been no adequate guide to searching for ancestors in British India. The gap has at last been filled by the present work.
I knew little about Indian research before reading this book. I now know a good deal more. My judgement is that, if you have ancestors who worked in India for a while, your research will greatly benefit by playing close attention to what Emma Jolly has to say. Thoroughly recommended.

FFHS

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 1600s in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, to the late twentieth century, covering trading links, the period of British rule and up to Indian independence.
The book includes a useful glossary of terms and acronyms, including codes for key references, such as minutes, factory records etc.
Finding an ancestor with a potential link to India is an exciting and challenging prospect and this book will certainly aid any family historian wanting to discover more details.

Genealogist’s Magazine

Pen & Sword have hit another home run, with another great addition to their family history series. This book will be of value both to the beginner and the more experienced researcher. It should be added to every good British research collection and is worth adding to one's personal library.

Federation of Genealogical Societies
 Emma Jolly

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).

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