India Compiled Genealogies

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The term "genealogy" is used to describe records that contain family information gathered by individuals, societies, or archives. These records may include pedigree charts, compiled family information, correspondence, ancestor lists, research exchange files, record abstracts, and collections of original or copied documents. These excellent sources of information can save you valuable time. However, these types of records may contain inaccuracies, so you should verify the information you find.

A list of Personal Records and an Index are found under reference O/6/1-20 at the OIOC at the British Library in London. These records cover the period 1794 to 1841 and can be accessed at:

The series consists of data prepared at East India House and covers a range of miscellaneous subjects, including the services and character of individuals, memorials, complaints, claims, petitions, suggestions on administrative changes, and expeditions.

See also, for a compilation of over one thousand pages, some organized by surname, of family trees of Indian families.

Records Within India[edit | edit source]

Most compiled genealogies are to be found at pilgrimage sites across India. See India Religious Records - Hindu Records for additional information. Wikipedia has an article describing some of the records available in the Haridwar district in the State of Uttarakhand.

External Links[edit | edit source]

  • India
  • Ceylon Tamils - compiled trees and ancestral information for ancestors who originated in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon)

Oral Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Oral genealogies are spoken lineages that are common in certain parts of the world. Oral Genealogies can be especially useful in localities where few if any written records exist and in some cultures are the main genealogical tool for researchers.

There are not many oral genealogies online for India, and therefore, interviewing likely family members of the deceased individuals may be more productive than searching for oral genealogies online.