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Church records are an excellent source for accurate information on names and dates and on places of births, marriages, and deaths. Many people who lived in India have information recorded about them in a church record. Since civil authorities did not begin registering vital statistics until 1872, church records are the best source for family information before that date.  
 
Church records are an excellent source for accurate information on names and dates and on places of births, marriages, and deaths. Many people who lived in India have information recorded about them in a church record. Since civil authorities did not begin registering vital statistics until 1872, church records are the best source for family information before that date.  
  
 
The first step in researching European or Anglo-Indian ancestry in colonial India is to use the church records. For administrative purposes, colonial India was divided into three Presidencies, Bombay, Madras, and Bengal. Protestant and Catholic churches began to keep records in India in 1698 (Madras), 1709 (Bombay) and 1713 (Bengal). Each year, these records were transcribed and sent to the capital of the Presidency, where they were indexed. The records and indexes were then sent to headquarters in London. This practice ceased at Independence in 1947. Learn more about family history in the [http://indiafamily.bl.uk/UI/ India Office Records].  
 
The first step in researching European or Anglo-Indian ancestry in colonial India is to use the church records. For administrative purposes, colonial India was divided into three Presidencies, Bombay, Madras, and Bengal. Protestant and Catholic churches began to keep records in India in 1698 (Madras), 1709 (Bombay) and 1713 (Bengal). Each year, these records were transcribed and sent to the capital of the Presidency, where they were indexed. The records and indexes were then sent to headquarters in London. This practice ceased at Independence in 1947. Learn more about family history in the [http://indiafamily.bl.uk/UI/ India Office Records].  
  
Parish maps can help you determine which parish to search. Maps will reveal neighboring parishes to search if your ancestor is not listed in the parish where you expected him or her to be. See [[India Maps]] for more information.  
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Parish maps can help you determine which parish to search. Maps will reveal neighboring parishes to search if your ancestor is not listed in the parish where you expected him or her to be. See [[India Maps]] for more information.
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=== Christian parish records  ===
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Record type: Baptisms, marriages, and burials. Includes not only British, and European members, but native Indians as well.
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Time period: 1700 to present.
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Contents: Burial records give date and place of death and deceased name, if in the military has detachment, if a mariner the name of his ship, if a colonist the words “inhabitant”. European nationality was given if not English and if a native Indian the words “India Man” were used. Initially no age was given however, if an infant it was so noted. Cause of death given. Christenings, baptisms and births are often mixed together in the register. The event’s date, the name and sex of the child, it’s father’s name and sometimes that of the mother is given as is European nationality if other than English. The marriage records show date and place of marriage, full name of bride and groom except in the case of an Indian woman where only a European first name is given, the groom’s military affiliation if any and the word “inhabitant” was generally noted.
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Percent in Family History Library: Approximately 90%
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Population coverage: About 3% of the Indian population. Virtually 100% of the Christians are found in these records. However, not all are extant. Catholic records in the Goa are being filmed at this time. Also there may be original church records for which transcripts have not been made and Included with the India Office records.
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=== Locating Church Records  ===
 
=== Locating Church Records  ===
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To find an ancestor in church records, it helps to should know his religion and the parish where he lived. The Imperial Gazetteer may help you find the parish. See the "[[India Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]" section of this Wiki for information about the gazetteer and for other help in finding a parish.  
 
To find an ancestor in church records, it helps to should know his religion and the parish where he lived. The Imperial Gazetteer may help you find the parish. See the "[[India Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]" section of this Wiki for information about the gazetteer and for other help in finding a parish.  
  
More than 200,000 transcriptions of indexes to church records are available on [http://www.search.fibis.org/frontis/bin/index.php FIBIS Families in British India Society] and [http://indiafamily.bl.uk/UI/ India Office Family History Search]. All of the church record transcriptions and indexes have been microfilmed and are available on microfilm at the Family History Library ([http://wiki.fibis.org/index.php?title=LDS_Microfilms_of_Church_registers_in_India direct link to a list of&nbsp;LDS Microfilms of Church registers in India]). They can be found by using the Place Search for [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog India - Church Records].
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More than 200,000 transcriptions of indexes to church records are available on [http://www.search.fibis.org/frontis/bin/index.php FIBIS Families in British India Society] and [http://indiafamily.bl.uk/UI/ India Office Family History Search]. All of the church record transcriptions and indexes have been microfilmed and are available on microfilm at the Family History Library ([http://wiki.fibis.org/index.php?title=LDS_Microfilms_of_Church_registers_in_India direct link to a list of&nbsp;LDS Microfilms of Church registers in India]). They can be found by using the Place Search for [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search India - Church Records].  
  
 
=== Records in the Family History Library  ===
 
=== Records in the Family History Library  ===
  
The Family History Library has a set of films containing christenings, marriages and burials. Learn how to find these [[Births, Marriages and Death Records for British in India|records]] in the Family History Library Catalog.  
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The Family History Library has a set of films containing christenings, marriages and burials. Learn how to find these [[Births, Marriages and Death Records for British in India|records]] in the FamilySearch Catalog.  
  
 
=== External Links  ===
 
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'''Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:'''
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'''Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:'''  
  
 
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Church records are an excellent source for accurate information on names and dates and on places of births, marriages, and deaths. Many people who lived in India have information recorded about them in a church record. Since civil authorities did not begin registering vital statistics until 1872, church records are the best source for family information before that date.

The first step in researching European or Anglo-Indian ancestry in colonial India is to use the church records. For administrative purposes, colonial India was divided into three Presidencies, Bombay, Madras, and Bengal. Protestant and Catholic churches began to keep records in India in 1698 (Madras), 1709 (Bombay) and 1713 (Bengal). Each year, these records were transcribed and sent to the capital of the Presidency, where they were indexed. The records and indexes were then sent to headquarters in London. This practice ceased at Independence in 1947. Learn more about family history in the India Office Records.

Parish maps can help you determine which parish to search. Maps will reveal neighboring parishes to search if your ancestor is not listed in the parish where you expected him or her to be. See India Maps for more information.

Christian parish records

Record type: Baptisms, marriages, and burials. Includes not only British, and European members, but native Indians as well.

Time period: 1700 to present.

Contents: Burial records give date and place of death and deceased name, if in the military has detachment, if a mariner the name of his ship, if a colonist the words “inhabitant”. European nationality was given if not English and if a native Indian the words “India Man” were used. Initially no age was given however, if an infant it was so noted. Cause of death given. Christenings, baptisms and births are often mixed together in the register. The event’s date, the name and sex of the child, it’s father’s name and sometimes that of the mother is given as is European nationality if other than English. The marriage records show date and place of marriage, full name of bride and groom except in the case of an Indian woman where only a European first name is given, the groom’s military affiliation if any and the word “inhabitant” was generally noted.

Percent in Family History Library: Approximately 90%

Population coverage: About 3% of the Indian population. Virtually 100% of the Christians are found in these records. However, not all are extant. Catholic records in the Goa are being filmed at this time. Also there may be original church records for which transcripts have not been made and Included with the India Office records.

Reliability: Good[1]

Locating Church Records

To find an ancestor in church records, it helps to should know his religion and the parish where he lived. The Imperial Gazetteer may help you find the parish. See the "Gazetteers" section of this Wiki for information about the gazetteer and for other help in finding a parish.

More than 200,000 transcriptions of indexes to church records are available on FIBIS Families in British India Society and India Office Family History Search. All of the church record transcriptions and indexes have been microfilmed and are available on microfilm at the Family History Library (direct link to a list of LDS Microfilms of Church registers in India). They can be found by using the Place Search for India - Church Records.

Records in the Family History Library

The Family History Library has a set of films containing christenings, marriages and burials. Learn how to find these records in the FamilySearch Catalog.

External Links

Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:

References

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