Online Databases & Records for Research in British India

Find online databases and records for researching ancestors in British India, the territories of India under the tenancy or sovereignty of the East India Company or British Crown between 1612 and 1947. Among these were the provinces of Bengal, Bombay, Burma, Madras, Punjab, Assam and United Provinces, encompassing portions of present-day India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

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A free index to selected India births and baptisms online from FamilySearch. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. The greatest number of India birth and baptism records in this collection are from Bengal, Bombay and Madras. More »

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This free, online database at present consists only of EIC mercantile marine vessels, ships which were in the East India Company's merchant service, which operated from 1600 to 1834. More »

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A free index to selected India deaths and burials. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. The majority of the records in this database are from Bengal, Madras and Bombay. More »

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A small index to selected marriage records from India, primarily from Bengal, Madras and Bombay. More »

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Indian Cemeteries

Photographs and transcriptions from cemeteries and grave monuments of India, from the area which used to be British India and including present-day India, Pakistan and Bagladesh. Entries are not limited to British citizens, monuments cover many nationalities. 

A petition from a small group of Pitt County, NC, neighbors asking that their portion of Pitt County be annexed to Edgecombe County due to geography that made it extremely difficult for them to travel to the Pitt County courthouse. NC General Assembly Session Records, Nov.–Dec., 1787. North Carolina State Archives

A free, searchable database of more than 710,000 individual names, plus tutorials and resources for researching ancestors from British India. More »

There are many different types of marriage records available.
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This free, searchable database from the British India Office includes 300,000 baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials in the India Office Records, primarily relating to British and European people in India c. 1600-1949. There is also information on a remote search service for Ecclesiastical Records not found online for researchers who cannot visit in person. More »

A variety of online, searchable lists and indexes, the largest of which is an index of Cadet papers held at in OIC in London, with approximately 15000 names of officer cadets that joined the EIC Madras army from 1789 until 1859. More »