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Here is an excellent link to the Indian Railways and it's history. Many of
our ancestors were connected with the Railways and so this will interest all
<A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/irfca_faq/faq-hist.html">Click here: [IRFCA] Indian Railways FAQ: IR History</A>
Charles Dique in Hawaii
When researching our roots we are also curious about the history of our
birthplaces. The link below from the Fordham University is a treasure house
for you to browse at your leisure.
<A HREF="http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/india/indiasbook.html#The Western Intrusion">Click here: Internet Indian History Sourcebook</A>
Sleepless in Hawaii with all the noisy fireworks
For those who are not familiar with the advent of the British colonization
in India, the link below will be a good introduction. I always find
something more to add to my knowledge when researching new sites.
<A HREF="http://www.theeastindiacompany.com/contents.html">Click here: The East India Company</A>
Charles Dique wishing all a Happy New Year in 2001 from Honolulu, Hawaii
where the night sky is full of fireworks and where thunder fills the air.
I am a new subscriber and interested in the family name of SLADE.
I am looking for links with these ancestors:
Alfred William Slade:
Born abt. 1880 ? in India
Was Sgt to his Excellency the Governor of Bombay's Band in 1905
Was a Band Corporal in Calcutta at the time of his marriage to Rosa Clark nee Duggan in 1913. (Rosa was born in Bangalore)
They had many children including my grandfather.......
Fredrick Duggan Slade:
Born 1905 in Perrel Bombay. Died in 1972 Dartford, Kent, England
Worked on the railways in India and married Doris Gilson who also was born in India.
They had 4 children, David, Shirley, Althea and my father .......
Fredrick Ernest Slade:
Born in 1931 in Maraderbad India.
Here's hoping that someone out there can link up with my family or has some information about them to help in the search.
Hope this will be of interest ...but I am still having problems
getting links in my e-mails to work - sorry.
The Harappa ('The Indus Valley and Raj in India and Pakistan') website
at http://www.harappa.com/welcome.html is a collection of very well
presented lithos, postcards, photos and slides (with index),
engravings, maps, some essays, sound-clips, memoirs (and a short list
of debtors from Civil & Military Gazatte, Lahore 1880!!!) and a
bazaar. The images are of buildings and landscapes, military and
civilian costume and lifestyle and there are links to other websites,
which extend this 'taste of Asia' into a real feast!
researching: HALLWOOD ( UK) Chester, Liverpool, Warrington (all UK)
HALLWOOD worldwide all dates
SOORD worldwide all dates (esp Burma 1850+)
SNADDEN Burma 1800s
CROSBY/ASTBURY from Lancs to Melbourne (Aust) area
An amendment,folks! My cousins are Jim and TIMOTHY Frost (not Leslie). Their father was Jim also and his brother was Leslie,who died during WWII,drowned whilst travelling by ship from Africa to India.
Whilst on the subject of cousins,there was (is?) also an elder brother to Jim & Leslie,named Bill,who settled in London. I would also appreciate any news of my uncle Bill and/or his family. My mother was their only sister.
Signed: Joyce (Davies) Callaway
I would like to introduce myself to the List and give my reason for
joining. I have been unable to trace a birth certificate for my father
in the UK, nor in Ireland. His name was Walter Herbert Eric Newling
GOODE and he was born about 1895. His father's name was Charles
Herbert Newling GOODE, occupation architect according to my parents
1943 marriage certificate.
Relatives now dead told me that my father had served in the Indian
Army in a cavalry regiment and had reached the rank of Captain or
possibly Major. I presume from his age that he had served during WW1.
As I live in Spain I have little opportunity to look up Army Lists
etc. and the few I have located have been outside this time span. I
wondered if any members of the List have access to Army Lists for this
period and would be willing to look up any entry there might be?
I read in your archive list that architects came out from England to
design houses. Is it possible that his father Charles was one of
these, and if so would he be listed in the Thacker's Directory that I
have seen mentioned so many times in the Archive? Could some kind
person with access to a copy for the 1895 period look for me?
It is rather embarrassing when people ask how my family history
project is going to have to admit to falling at the very first fence,
so I would appreciate any pointers your joint experience could give me
with my problem.
I have little to offer in return at present, except that I do have a
1903 copy of the International Directory of Booksellers and
Bibliophile's Manuel, that includes Booksellers and Public Libraries
in India and the rest of the world.
With many thanks,
Jo in Alicante Spain
Briefly,I was born in 1927 in Ahmednagar,India to British parents Thomas Joseph Davies & Barbara Hilary Frost. My father at that time was in the Royal Artillery,as were my mother's parents. My father subsequently transferred to the Indian Army Corps of Clerks,remaining in India until 1947. I was educated at the Lawrence Memorial Royal Military School, Lovedale,Nilgiri Hills and the Lawrence Royal Military School,Sanawar, Simla Hills.
My grandfather R.S.M. WILLIAM FROST,R.A. died in India,probably at Rawalpindi. I am interested in finding out where and when he died and where he is buried and tracing anyone who might have a photograph of him e.g. my cousins Jim and/or Leslie Frost, who subsequently,I believe,served in both the British & Australian Armies. The only known photograph of him,which was shown to me by my mother when I was a teenager in Pachmarhi,disappeared when she died in 1985 in the U.K.
Signed : Joyce (Davies) Callaway
e-mail : joydon(a)senet.com.au
I've found a very good account at
http://web.ukonline.co.uk/alec.powell/middlesex/77i.htm of the 77th
Foot (Middlesex) in action in India (Mysore etc) up to 1807, when they
returned to the UK.
However I can't find anything about the 47th Foot (Lancashire) in
Bombay 1809-1818. I would also like to know whether the 15th King's
Hussars were there 1818-1822.
I have a copy from the India Office of John EASTON's marriage to Ellen
Eliza Anne BLAND in Bombay in 1812 and the birth of a daughter in
1813. John was a surgeon with the 47th, then with the 15th Hussars.
Can anyone provide some background? I'm also trying to find Ellen's
parents. As the wedding was in India, it implies that her parents were
living there, possibly with army or merchant connections?
It would be wonderful if anyone out there can help.
Hi, I'm Shirley and I am reseaching the Cobie and Coffey families. I am looking for descendants of James Henry Cobie born 1863/65 he was married in Blacktown, Madras. His father was Daniel Cobie who it is believed arrived in India about 1840 from Devon, England. Also information on Michael Patrick Coffey arrived in India about 1854. His son Frank Alfred Coffey married Winifred Rebecca Carter in 1900 in St Pauls Oorgaum.
The lunch or the discussion, which is free? Possibly both.
Unhappily, a little far for me in either event.
Yours aye Andrew Sellon East Anglia
Death must be distinguished from dying, with which it is often confused.
Sydney Smith 1771-1845, Canon of St. Paul's.
From: "CE Haymet" <cehay(a)hotmail.com>
> Monday 30th April 2001 when the WAGS (West
> Australaian Genealogical Society) free lunchtime discussion will be
> "Researching in India."
I have just discovered some old family correspondence that indicates that my
grandfather on my mother's side, Edward Murray, owned or managed an Indigo
plantation or factory in the 1890's. The place was Mungulghur, Dulsing
Serai. Has anyone any information about this plantation or Edward Murray.
The letters are faded and difficult to read but the factory name could be
Anthony de Goutière, Victoria, BC, Canada
I am interested in any reference to McDiarmid in India in the time
period 1850-1890. I am trying to separate fact from fiction in some
Gilbert Clarke born about 1880, parents died (?) and was adopted as an
infant by the McDiarmid family.
Thank you for your message. I contacted you since I had seen no response to
yours of the 8th Dec - and I only receive the Digest.
I spoke to a fellow land surveyor - Jim Smith, the author of 'Everest - The
Man and the Mountain' and he confirmed that Col. Sir Gerald Ponsonby
LENOX-CONYNGHAM was born in 1866 and was with the Survey of India from
around 1889 -1920. More importantly his obituary was published in the Survey
Review (previously known as the Empire Survey Review) No. 105, dated July
1957. You should be able to refer to this via the New Zealand Institute of
Surveyors. The term 'surveyor' covers a wide span of disciplines but since
the proportion of land surveyors within the NZIS is probably greater than in
our RICS you should have no difficulty but if you cannot locate the issue
please contact me again.
From: Bruce Conyngham <rbcon(a)maxnet.co.nz>
To: Lawrie Butler <lawrie.butler(a)talk21.com>
Date: 30 December 2000 23:35
Subject: Re: Re; [India-L] - Surveyor
>Thank you Lawrie
>Yes I did receive a reference to Sir Gerald [Lenox-] Conyngham who I think
>was an uncle of the last inhabitant , Mina L-C- who I met in 1957 at
>Springhill Moneymore LNDY. If you have anything more about his work in
>India residence in UK and/or family - yes please. Or the specific
>to the survey of Mt. Everest?
A date for your diary, Monday 30th April 2001 when the WAGS (West
Australaian Genealogical Society) free lunchtime discussion will be
"Researching in India."
Many people went to India for various reasons; these include serving with
the British Army and the East India COmpany ( established in 1602) How and
where to obtain information about them which is often available. If you
have researched in India please come along and share your experiences with
6/48 May Street, Bayswater,6053 Western Australia.
Unhappily I won't be there, too far away. Coral, in overcast and cooler
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Veronica Cecil wrote:
> I have read with interest the correspondence about asylums and orphanages
> in India, but were there any in Northern India in the 1930's and if so, I
> wonder if they'd have records? ......
> .....Before she married my mother was a missionary working for
> the Zanana Missionary Society but they tell me they have no records.
That depends, Veronica, if what you had asked concerned the birth of the baby
she had placed for adoption, or whether you were looking for records
concerning your mother as a missionary and other biographical details on her
and possible correspondence she entered into during the period of her Mission.
For background information of the part the CMS
"The Church of England Zenana Missionary Society was founded in 1880 when it
separated from the interdenominational Indian Female Normal School Society,
which had been founded in 1852. Its main aim was to evangelise the women of
India by means of normal schools [teacher training colleges], zenana visiting,
medical missions, Hindu and Muslim female schools and the employment of Bible
women. The society worked in close co-operation with the Church Missionary
Society and in 1957 it amalgamated with CMS. A board of trustees continued to
administer the transfer of property and trust funds until 1968."
The entire archives of the C.M.S. (Church Missionary Society), which includes
those of the F.E.S. (Female Education Society) and the C.E.Z.M.S. (Church of
England Zenana Missionary Society). has been committed to microfilm by Adam
Matthew Publications, who have been retained by many large organisations and
collections to film various archives. This organisation has guides on line as
to the contents of these C.M.S filmed records which amount to hundreds of
reels. This is to enable critical studies by Universities and scholars. How
this is helpful to us all is that it provides us a window into so many
historical, social, economic and religious aspects in a particularly rich
archive. Among these records are the "blue packets" of individual
missionaries applications and correspondence.
click on the above first and scroll the page to find the C.E.Z.M.S. It
provides interesting reading. You might also read the notes on the
organisation and classification of the archive, but after that scroll to the
top of the page and hit their "Home Page" link. ... Find "Updated list of
titles A-Z with prices and contents of reels".
You select $ or Sterling (doesn't matter because what you are looking for is
detail of what is on the films. .... You will be amazed at the information
these records contain including biographical details. I spent hours in there
because I got sidetracked by so much interesting stuff, not only in India but
China and other parts of the globe..
My maternal Gr.Grandmother was recruited by a Missionary to work in caring for
Indian women in the field of nursing. She eventually became the matron of the
Victoria Zennana Hospital in Hyderabad (Deccan), which until the Osmania
Hospital was built was the main hospital in the area, hence my particular
Should you discover promising areas within this context, after visiting the
site, depending on where you live you might find the Humanities/ History
departments of some Universities may have some of these filmed versions of
these records, or if you live in England, you can arrange to visit the
archives themselves. Perhaps others on the list may have more suggestions on
the accessibility of the records themselves?
Kind regards to you,
Gordon and Evelyn.
Genealogy research in India:
Allen (after 1870)\ Anderson \ Bangs \ Coffey (Coffee)
Haimes \ Horricks \ Inglis \ Johnston \ King
Laurence (Lawrence) \ Long \ Stokes
Gordon C. Inglis
While looking for my elusive John Broadbent from Halifax, Yorks, I visited
the Yorkshire Genealogy site www.blunham.demon.co.uk/genuki/YKS/ and learned
that the1851 digitized census is nearly ready for Yorkshire and that the
other counties in England/Scotland and ?Wales are proceeding with their
indexing. Yorkshire is the only county I checked. A member of the Yorksgen
List emailed and said that Halifax, Yorks should be ready by July 2001.
I apologize if this is old news for some.
Dorothy in Idaho
This is the first time I have used this service so I'm not too sure what to expect. I have just discovered that, according to a school register that a great uncle of mine by the name of Hugh Connop Hunter was on the staff of the Madras Ry. Does anyone know what the Madras Ry was or is. All I know about this person is that he gained a B.A and LL.B, this I believe means he studied law and that he died in the Belgian Congo in 1922 aged 28.
Any help regarding the Madras Ry would be much appreciated... Thanks