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India Office Library and Records

Sources for family history research (a brief indication of the sort of material available)

1. Biographical Index 295,000 entries for civil and military persons and their families and for non-official Europeans living in India.
2. Ecclesiastical records
1920s), marriages and burials. All are indexed by Presidency within following dates :-
Bengal 1713-1948
Madras 1698-1948
Bombay 1709-1948
Records also exist for Burma, Cochin, Indian States and various other areas.
3. Wills and Administrations Wills - 1618-1948
Administrations - 1774-1948
Probates granted by District Courts from 1865
Registers of probates and admons. 1787 -1974 referring to UK residents only (mainly official pensioners)
Inventories - 1780-1938
Military estate papers - 1850-1937
4. Pension funds Poplar Pension fund
Lord Clive Military Fund
Bengal Military Fund
Bengal Military Orphan Society
Madras Military Pension Fund
Madras Medical Fund
Bombay Military Fund
Bengal, Madras and Bombay Civil Funds
Indian Military Service Family Pension Fund
5. EIC Army Entry papers for Officer Cadets 1789-1860
Service records for officers, surgeons, departmental warrant officers & sometimes NCOs & privates
Recruitment registers and embarkation lists for ORs
NB. For officers of the Bengal Army 1758-1834 see V C P Hodson "List of Officers of the Bengal Army"
6. Indian Army Queens India Cadetships 1858-1930
Sandhurst cadets commissioned into the Indian Army 1859-1940
Wellington and Quetta cadets 1915-18
Assistant Surgeons' & Surgeons' papers 1804-1914
Service records for officers, surgeons, departmental warrant officers.
7. Naval Service Baptism & certificates of age for marine officers 1780-1820
Baptism & competence certificates for midshipmen 1820-30
8. Civil Service Writers petitions 1749-1856
Service records for high ranking officers appear in the India Office List 1886-1947
Civil lists for officials from 1840
Uncovenanted Civil Service - railways, police, works, post office etc lists 1818-1900 & 1922-28
9. Europeans in India European inhabitants in Bengal, Madras and Bombay Yearly lists 1702-1830
10. Private papers Diaries, personal records etc, manuscript and printed
11. Reference library Wide selection of books on India and related subjects.
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