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The Army Children Archive (TACA) Chronicling British army children’s history. This archive aims to  collect, record, preserve and share details of the unique aspects of growing up as the child of a soldier serving in the British Army, whether that growing up was done during the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth or twenty-first century. This site includes an Army Children Graves Register  with names arranged in alphabetical order.

The Kabristan Archives is an organisation dedicated to preserving memorial inscriptions from graveyards in Ireland, the Indian sub-continent, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) and Jamaica, including many which no longer exist. This site offers a free search of the index with a fee obtain a copy of the monumental inscription.

India
Families in British India Society (FIBIS). This site can help you if your European or Anglo-Indian ancestors lived or worked in India or South Asia between 1600 and 1947. The FIBIS database offers free searching of 1,000,000+ individual names 
 
India Office Family History Search to 300,000 births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials in the India Office Records plus biographical notes from various sources. It covers mainly the British and Europeans in India 1600-1949. A dictionary explains abbreviations, references and unusual terms.

FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Asia and the Middle East include:
India Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947
• India Deaths and Burials, 1719-1948
India Marriages, 1792-1948
• India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194-2012
India, Moga Land Ownership Pedigrees, 1887-1958
India, Gujarat Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1854-2012

The Times of India 1838-2003 is available as part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers. If you live in New South Wales you can access this collection for free from home using the State Library of New South Wales eResources. If you live in NSW all you have to do is apply online for a State Library of New South Wales library card. Check what remote access libraries in your state have on offer.

Indian Cemeteries preserving the memory of historic cemeteries in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Burma. The data has been contributed by volunteers and is not a complete record. Searches are available by cemetery, surname, regiment, campaign and occupation.

Indian Railways Research Guide by Julian Rainbow.

Nineteenth Century British and Indian Armies and their Soldiers by Fred Larimore.

Historical Maps of India by Ian Poyntz features an extensive collection of pre-independance regional and local maps for India including military maps and railway maps.

British India Family History by Valmay Young contains information, extracts and transcripts.

India Genealogy Forum where you can post and view messages.

RootsWeb Mailing Lists for India (4). A great way to find others with similar research interests.

Anglo-Indian Family Trees & Their Links to British India. This site has over 1000 trees online and contributions are welcome.

The Forgotten Soldiers dedicated to the soldiers, and their families, who served at Bangalore. Includes a history of the British Army in Mysore and Bangalore and a regiment list (1807-1913). Updated

The Indianman Magazine. A genealogical and history magazine about the British in India.

Ancestorsonboard.com database to Outward Passenger Lists for voyages departing the British Isles 1890-1960 for Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and USA. The free name search lists names, age, sex, departure year and port, destination port and county plus details of transcripts and images which are available for a fee.

The State Library of Queensland, Convict Transportation Registers Database 1787-1867 . This database, compiled from British Home Office (HO11) records, details over 123,000 of the estimated 160,000 convicts to Australia. It lists name, sentence details, ship, departure date, arrival date and place for those convicted in England, Wales and Scotland, not Ireland. Court-martialled soldiers from British colonies (West Indies, India, Pakistan and Canada.) sentenced to transportation are also included.

Sri Lanka
Dutch Burgher Union of Ceylon. The Journals of the Dutch Burgher Union of Ceylon (JDBU) volumes 1-70 (1908-2005) are available online. These journals are an excellent resource for researching the Dutch Burgher community in Sri Lanka, particularly in the pre-migration period of the late 1950s. The Journals also include 200+ family genealogies. These genealogies have been indexed by family and digitised images are available on this site. In the 1950s these genealogies served as virtual passports to many thousands of Burghers, who migrated to countries like Australia whose immigration policies at the time accommodated only people of European descent.

FamilySearch  free searchable Historical Record Collections for Asia and the Middle East include:
• Sri Lanka, Colombo District Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1677-1990

Department of National Archives - Sri Lanka detailing the records held plus historical and other information. Online material includes the Thombu Index with detailed references to Tombos or the land registers first compiled by the Portuguese and later improved by the Dutch. New

Genealogy Sri Lanka - Family History & Genealogy for Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon). This blog by Eileen Hewson,  the founder of The Kabristan Archives, has formed a special archive on Genealogy Sri Lanka consisting of Births Marriages and Deaths (BMD) for the Sinhalese (Singhalese), Burghers, Tamils and Europeans who were born, married and died in Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

Sri Lanka Genealogy. This extensive site includes the naming conventions of Sri Lanka, obituaries 1999 to date plus sections on family trees, history, geography, people, alumni, literature, name lists, serendipity, military, communities, help and FAQ.

Burgher Families of Ceylon and throughout the World. This site by Laura Foenander has extensive online information and record transcriptions. There is also information on families in India.

RootsWeb Mailing Lists for Sri Lanka/Ceylon (1). A great way to find others with similar interests.

Sri Lanka Genealogy Forum where you can post and view messages.

The Victor Melder Sri Lanka Library. This library, located in Melbourne, holds an extensive collection relating to Sri Lanka.

Ceylon Daily News Obituaries. These are available for specific dates from 2001 to date. Click on Archives and then Open Calendar and choose a date.

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