Archives for April 2009

British in India

Here are a collection of links to sites regarding cemeteries etc that may of of help to those of us who have ancestors who lived in India.

Firstly the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia. Set up in 1976 to care for, and to record, European cemeteries wherever the East India Company set foot. It is estimated that some two million European men, women and children are buried in the Indian subcontinent alone.

Online access to burials in India. An arduous process to digitise records of more than 100,000 burials and 20,000 graves has been undertaken for four public cemeteries in Kolkata, Lower Circular Road Cemetery, Tollygunge (Russa Road South, First Lane) and Khidderpore (St.Stephen�s �Sailors� Cemetery) and South Park Street Cemetery & also of Bhawanipore so that the foreigners visiting the city to trace their ancestral roots can locate them at the click of a mouse.

Families in British India Society. This society offers online searching of their extensive indexes plus podcasts. 

Society of Genealogists offer 1st online course

The Society of Genealogists and Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd are pleased to announce a new joint online course called I’m Stuck! How can the Society of Genealogists Help Me? starts 28th May 2009 and is repeated from 2nd July 2009.

In this short two week course, Else Churchill of the Society of Genealogists will guide you through the steps needed to help you think logically about research problems and how to solve them. She also introduces you to records and indexes, held by the Society of Genealogists, which can be used to break down those brick walls, and demonstrates how these resources help you extend your family tree. Emphasis is also placed on learning how to apply research techniques to solve your problems.

Prospective students can pay and enrol via the Pharos website at a price of £23.99 or a discounted price of £19.99 for members of the Society of Genealogists.

The course is suitable for genealogists who have had some experience in family history research in England &: Wales but who have found they have been unable to identify where their ancestor might have come from.

It is hoped that this will be the start of a wider collaboration on distance learning courses between the Society and Pharos.

Helen Osborn, Managing Director of Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd, said today “We are very pleased to be given the opportunity of working with the Society of Genealogists in this collaborative way and to bring the vast knowledge of the Society to a wider audience.”

Else Churchill, Genealogist at the Society & tutor for Pharos courses, said today “The Society of Genealogists is delighted to offer the first of, what we hope will be many, distance learning opportunities for the Society. This course will enable those who are unable to visit the Society and take part in our extensive education programme to learn more about the techniques of family history research and the Society of Genealogists in particular.”




Ancestry World Archives Project

Here is the press release about’s World Archives project. It comes complete with video.



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Manchester Genealogy Resource

My friend Jill has traced all her ancestors either living in Manchester or to within 50 miles of the city. Very neat and tidy genealogy! She will be pleased to find the following website authored by Gerard Lodge. A quick look shows that it is a haven for those with Manchester families.

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