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== Foreign Language Title <br> ==
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== Record Description  ==
 
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Hindu pilgrimage records were kept by a Pandit Madhukar Balkrishan Akolkar at Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra, India. They include records for people from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan, India, and&nbsp;are created and updated when family members pass on.
  
 
=== Record Content  ===
 
=== Record Content  ===
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The registers are arranged by "caste" and contain the following information:
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*Native residence
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*Names of family members
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*Last occasion on which a family member came to this place of pilgrimage and made an entry in the register
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*Ceremony performed at the time
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*Offering made to the priest
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No women are mentioned unless their deaths are referred to indirectly.
  
 
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== Record History  ==
 
== Record History  ==
  
Hindu pilgrimage records kept by a Pandit Madhukar Balkrishan Akolkar at Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra, India. They include records for people from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan, India. These records are created and updated when family members pass on. The registers are arranged by "caste" and contain native place, names of family members, the last occasion on which a family member came to this place of pilgrimage and made an entry in the register, the ceremony performed at the time and offering made to the priest. No women are mentioned unless their deaths are referred to indirectly.<br>
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These Hindu pilgrimage records were kept by a Pandit Madhukar Balkrishan Akolkar at Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra, India. They include records for people from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan, India. The records are created and updated when family members pass on.  
 
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== Why This Record Was Created  ==
 
== Why This Record Was Created  ==
  
This custom not well known today to Indians settled abroad, in an ancient custom detailed family genealogies of Hindu families for the past several generations are kept by professional Hindu Brahmin Pandits, popularly known as Pandas, at the Hindu holy city of Haridwar in hand written registers passed down to them over generations by their Pandit ancestors which are classified according to original districts and villages of ones ancestors, with special designated Pandit families being in charge of designated district registers, even for cases where ancestral districts and villages that have been left behind in Pakistan after Partition of India with Hindus having to migrate to India.  
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The&nbsp;ancient custom&nbsp;of keeping family genealogies is not well-known today to Indians settled abroad. Professional Hindu Brahmin Pandits, popularly known as "Pandas", kept detailed family genealogies&nbsp;over the past several generations at the Hindu holy city of Haridwar. The&nbsp;registers are handwritten, having been passed down to them over generations by their Pandit ancestors, and are classified according to original districts and villages of one's ancestors. Special designated Pandit families are in charge of designated district registers, including ancestral districts and villages that were left behind when Hindus had to migrate from Pakistan to India&nbsp;after the Partition of India.
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In several cases, present-day Hindu descendents are now Sikhs, Muslims, and even Christians. It is not uncommon for researchers to find details of up to or even more than their past seven generations in these genealogy registers.
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Hindu ancestors have visited the holy town of Haridwar&nbsp;for centuries for various religious and cultural purposes, including:
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*Religious pilgrimage
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*Cremation of their dead
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*Immersion of a kin member's cremated remains into the holy river Ganges
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For centuries, Hindu ancestors who have visited Haridwar for any of these purposes&nbsp;also visit the Pandit in charge of their family registers and update the family's genealogical family tree with details of all marriages, births, and deaths in the extended joint family.
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In present-day India, people visiting Haridwar are dumbfounded when Pundits unexpectedly step forward and invite them to come update their very own ancestral genealogical family tree. The news of a visiting family travels quickly to the Pandit in charge of their district.
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With Hindu joint family system having broken down into nuclear families, the Pandits prefer visitors to Haridwar to come prepared after getting in touch with all of their extended family and to bring all relevant genealogical events, such as:
  
In several cases present day descedents are now Sikhs and many maybe Muslims or even Christians. It is not uncommon for one to find details of up to or even more than one's past seven generations in these genealogy registers kept by the Pandas of Haridwar.
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*Ancestral district and village
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*Names of grandparents and great grandparents
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*Births
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*Marriages
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*Deaths
  
For centuries when Hindu ancestors visited the holy town of Haridwar for any purpose which may have mostly been for pilgrimage purposes or/and for cremation of their dead or for immersion of ashes and bones of their kin after cremation into the waters of the holy river Ganges as required by Hindu religious custom, it has been an ancient custom to go to the Pandit who is in charge of ones family register and update the family's genealogical family tree with details of all marriages, births and deaths from ones extended joint family.<br>In present day India people visiting Haridwar are dumbfounded when Pundits out of the blue solicit them to come and update their very own ancestral genealogical family tree, news travels like wildfire among the Pandits with ones family's designated Pandit being quickly notified of ones visit. Nowadays with Hindu joint family system having broken down with people preferring more nuclear families, record keeping Pandits prefer visitors to Haridwar to come prepared after getting in touch with all of ones extended family and bringing all relevant details regarding ones ancestral district and village, names of grand parents and great grand parents and marriages, births and deaths that have occurred in the extended family, even with as much details as possible of the families married into. A visiting family member is required to personally sign the family genealogical register furnished by ones Family Panda after updating it for future family visitors and generations to see and to authenticate the updated entries, friends and other family members accompanying on the visit may also be requested to sign as witnesses.<br>
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They also ask for&nbsp;as much information as is possible about the families they are marrying into. A visiting family member is required to personally sign the family genealogical register furnished by his or her personal family Panda after updating it for future family visitors and generations to see and to authenticate the updated entries. Friends and other family members accompanying on the visit may also be requested to sign as witnesses.  
  
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
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== Related Web Sites  ==
 
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This is an interactive map showing a varity of [http://www.xmission.com/~jsvare/simile/exhibit/Hindu_pilgrimage_sites.html Hindu Pilgramge Sites]<br>
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Interactive map of [http://www.xmission.com/~jsvare/simile/exhibit/Hindu_pilgrimage_sites.html Hindu Pilgramge Sites]  
  
More information on other[http://www.movinghere.org.uk/galleries/roots/asian/countries/lds.htm Indian Geneological records can be found here].
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More information on other&nbsp;[http://www.movinghere.org.uk/galleries/roots/asian/countries/lds.htm Hindu Geneological Records]  
  
The BBC also has a video report on an person tracing their [http://www.bbc.co.uk/whodoyouthinkyouare/past-stories/meera-syal.shtml Indian ancestory].  
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[http://www.bbc.co.uk/whodoyouthinkyouare/past-stories/meera-syal.shtml BBC Video Report of Meera Syal] as she traced her Indian ancestry.  
  
 
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Foreign Language Title

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Collection Time Period

How to Use the Record

Record Description

Hindu pilgrimage records were kept by a Pandit Madhukar Balkrishan Akolkar at Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra, India. They include records for people from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan, India, and are created and updated when family members pass on.

Record Content

The registers are arranged by "caste" and contain the following information:

  • Native residence
  • Names of family members
  • Last occasion on which a family member came to this place of pilgrimage and made an entry in the register
  • Ceremony performed at the time
  • Offering made to the priest

No women are mentioned unless their deaths are referred to indirectly.

Sample Images

Record History

These Hindu pilgrimage records were kept by a Pandit Madhukar Balkrishan Akolkar at Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra, India. They include records for people from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan, India. The records are created and updated when family members pass on.

Why This Record Was Created

The ancient custom of keeping family genealogies is not well-known today to Indians settled abroad. Professional Hindu Brahmin Pandits, popularly known as "Pandas", kept detailed family genealogies over the past several generations at the Hindu holy city of Haridwar. The registers are handwritten, having been passed down to them over generations by their Pandit ancestors, and are classified according to original districts and villages of one's ancestors. Special designated Pandit families are in charge of designated district registers, including ancestral districts and villages that were left behind when Hindus had to migrate from Pakistan to India after the Partition of India.

In several cases, present-day Hindu descendents are now Sikhs, Muslims, and even Christians. It is not uncommon for researchers to find details of up to or even more than their past seven generations in these genealogy registers.

Hindu ancestors have visited the holy town of Haridwar for centuries for various religious and cultural purposes, including:

  • Religious pilgrimage
  • Cremation of their dead
  • Immersion of a kin member's cremated remains into the holy river Ganges

For centuries, Hindu ancestors who have visited Haridwar for any of these purposes also visit the Pandit in charge of their family registers and update the family's genealogical family tree with details of all marriages, births, and deaths in the extended joint family.

In present-day India, people visiting Haridwar are dumbfounded when Pundits unexpectedly step forward and invite them to come update their very own ancestral genealogical family tree. The news of a visiting family travels quickly to the Pandit in charge of their district.

With Hindu joint family system having broken down into nuclear families, the Pandits prefer visitors to Haridwar to come prepared after getting in touch with all of their extended family and to bring all relevant genealogical events, such as:

  • Ancestral district and village
  • Names of grandparents and great grandparents
  • Births
  • Marriages
  • Deaths

They also ask for as much information as is possible about the families they are marrying into. A visiting family member is required to personally sign the family genealogical register furnished by his or her personal family Panda after updating it for future family visitors and generations to see and to authenticate the updated entries. Friends and other family members accompanying on the visit may also be requested to sign as witnesses.

Record Reliability

Related Web Sites

Interactive map of Hindu Pilgramge Sites

More information on other Hindu Geneological Records

BBC Video Report of Meera Syal as she traced her Indian ancestry.

Related Wiki Articles

India

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  •  Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023 How Has This Article Helped You? (Heading 3) This section consists of the following link that takes wiki users to the FamilySearch Collection Feedback wiki article. Use the phrase: Send us your story to link as the link text. Link to the URL: https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/FamilySearch_Collection_Feedback.

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