Friday, November 23, 2007


India Office Records: " are the documentary archives of the administration in London of the pre-1947 government of India. They comprise the archives of the East India Company (1600-1858), of the Board of Control or Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India (1784-1858), of the India Office (1858-1947), of the Burma Office (1937-1948), and of a number of related British agencies overseas. The India Office Records are administered by The British Library as part of the Public Records of the United Kingdom, and are open for public consultation."

  • 300,000 births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials in the India Office Records

  • biographical notes from a variety of sources

  • for mainly British and European people in India c.1600-1949

  • for people in other countries connected with the history of the British in India

The India Office Records

The India Office Records is the custodian of the archives of
  • East India Company (1600-1858)
  • Board of Control (1784-1858)
  • India Office (1858-1947)
  • Burma Office (1937-1948 )
The India Office Records’ collections contain much information of great interest to family historians, mainly relating to European and Eurasian people. There are biographical sources for official and non-official inhabitants of the many overseas areas where the East India Company and India Office had influence, and also for home staff based in Britain The records include details for
  • civil servants
  • military personnel
  • mariners
  • medical staff
  • chaplains
  • railway workers
  • law officers
  • non-official inhabitants such as merchants and planters, free mariners, and missionaries.
The main British Library website includes details of all India Office Records, not just those of interest to family historians.


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