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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

The records are not centrally located. Some are in the capitals of the states, but others are scattered in district and municipal offices.

For a list of India's states and their capitals, see List of state and union territory capitals in India.

For lists of the districts within each of India's states, see List of districts in India.

India Office Records are at:
The British Library
96 Euston Road
United Kingdom

Customer Services Telephone: +44 (0)1937 546060
Customer Services Email:

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Registration of births and deaths began about 1751. However, not until 1969 was there a uniform registration for all of India, excepting the 1886 Act for voluntary registration.

The British involvement in India started in 1619. For more information, see British Presence in India.

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]


  • Child's name
  • Child's gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents
  • Father's occupation
  • Father's caste and religion
  • Informant's name

Some states also collect information about age of mother and order of birth. Birth records do not always have the child’s name recorded as in some areas it is customary to give children names two or three weeks after birth.

For additional information, see India Births and Baptisms - FamilySearch Historical Records.


  • Name
  • Birth Date
  • Age
  • Spouse's Name
  • Spouse's Birth Date
  • Spouse's Age
  • Event Date
  • Event Place
  • Father's Name
  • Spouse's Father's Name
  • Marital Status
  • Spouse's Marital Status

For additional information, see India Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records.


  • Name
  • Gender
  • Death date and place
  • Burial date and place
  • Age
  • Cause of death
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Parents' names
  • Spouse's name
  • Names of other family members
  • Marital status
  • Caste and religion of deceased
  • Occupation of deceased
  • Informant's name

For additional information, see India Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records.

References[edit | edit source]