Families In British India Society

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The Families In British India Society (FIBIS) is a genealogical organisation which assists people in researching their family history and the background against which their ancestors led their lives in British India.[1]


FIBIS was formed in November 1998 to provide research and social history resources for India from 1600 up to (and even after) Indian Independence in 1947. It covers the earlier part of the British East India Company's history and provides help and advice on researching it both in England and abroad,[2] and all EIC stations, including those outside the Indian sub-continent.

The Society states that it "does not concentrate on the Raj period nor solely on the British in India because to do so would exclude a number of other nationalities who played an important part and became part of the Indian culture."[3]


FIBIS provides books, journals, online resources and community facilities to assist research into individuals' ancestors and the social structure in which they lived.[4] They also host a wiki to aid information sharing and research.

Transcription and publishing of records[edit]

In conjunction with the British Library, FIBIS have a programme of transcribing and publishing East India Company and India Office material that was previously only available in the India Office Records at the library. These transcriptions are freely available to the general public in searchable form on the FIBIS website.[5] Information available covers areas including lists of Indian cemeteries, ecclesiastical records (births, marriages and deaths), passenger lists, military history and wills.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.ukbmd.org/british_abroad
  2. ^ For reference to activities in Scotland and relating to finding Scottish ancestors please refer to the BBC Radio programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007rv8l
  3. ^ "Aims of FIBIS". www.fibis.org. Families In British India Society. Archived from the original on 16 April 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
  4. ^ http://www.sog.org.uk/events/pdf/2012-Show-Handouts/WDYTYA-20120224-Researching-Ancestors-in-British-India.pdf
  5. ^ Which site has been archived for preservation by the British Library, pl see https://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/target/15237122/source/search

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