Since the C17th Britain has sent nearly 1.8million people to India.
- Most were there because they had jobs to go to. The East India Company, founded in 1600, needed military personnel, civil servants, engineers and domestic staff.
- As the Company expanded so did the opportunities.
- Those employed in India were usually temporary migrants and the records of their coming and going can sometimes be tracked via census returns or later passenger lists.
- If they were in the military then their records can be traced using the Indian Army lists.
- Civil servants records can also be searched as can the records of, for example railway companies.
The following links are some of the most useful sites for tracing your family history in India. The best place to start is to search the catalogue of the British Library, India Office Records.