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This was a good link sent by John Kendall in May 2007. It can be used to
find out the Presidency to which the cities of India were linked.
Charles Dique in Honolulu
Map of India 1937
British India was divided into three Presidencies : Bombay, which covered
the west and north of the country, including what is now Pakistan; Bengal,
which covered the east of the country and included Burma and what is now
Bangladesh, and Madras, which covered the southern portion of India. The main cities
of the Presidencies were Bombay, Calcutta and Madras, respectively.
To find out which Province/District and Presidency of India that a particular
town belongs to, type the place name below:
The map below was produced in 1937 before the constitutional reform took
place in India and Burma. It is therefore not suitable for searching areas where
a person was born or lived in India after 1937. For further geographical
information on India, see _Imperial Gazetteer of India_
Click on the area to find out the provinces and main districts of each
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Dear Liz and list-
When I was at LCRd Cem. in 2005 - they had copies of the records in the
little office that they used for daily reference - and when they found that one I
was looking for was missing - someone climbed up into an attic space and
brought down the original register - which was as you described - very fragile.
re taxis- if you have a busy schedule - another option ( which is what I did
) is to hire a driver for the day at a fixed rate (I happened to like my
first driver and asked him if he would be interested in that arrangement)- was
inexpensive - he arrived every morning at a set time, waited for me wherever I
went - even toured some places with me - giving me a much more interesting
insight. Saved me a lot of time and hassel. Loved the fresh flowers in the car
every day- wish our cabbies did that!
Re; responses from Churches-
Perhaps it would be helpful to include a donation to the church as a thank
you for the research time expended on your behalf and of course to cover the
cost of mailing. I did this and received a promt reply from a church official
for a request I had made for a copy of a marriage certificate.
Hi Listers -
If anybody out there is chasing down turn of the century (1790 - 1805)
adventurers I would be grateful for any help on the residents of Agra and
I have a Louis Deridan, major in the service of Scindea, who died 1782. He
is believed to have married the proverbial "princess" and had daughters who
married into the Hessing and Sutherland families. Hessing and Sutherland
were both in the service of Scindea and received promotions through their
association with General Perron who was married to another of Deridan's
daughters called Madeleine.
Deridan also had a son called Louis, later spelled Lewis and surname
anglicised to Derridon.
All books I have seen - including the memoirs of James Skinner - refer to
Derridon being part French part Indian. However, I have recently come across
information to suggest that Deridan was of Portuguese origin and that a
Colonel E Pedron - defender of Agra fort against General Lake - was the
brother in law of Lewis Derridon. (I have kept the Anglicisation for
Is anybody researching Pedron?
Agra seems to have been a veritable nest of mercenaries, all living, loving
and sometimes dying together, changing sides and trying to maintain some
sort of chilvaric code at a time of betrayal and intrigue amongst the
competing interests of the day.
Also, can anybody shed some light on the trade in indigo? I have an Edward
Tetley described as an indigo planter and later a son described as an indigo
Richard J Hayter
Glad to have been of any help. Have you used the FIBIS website at all?
There are a host of Weston's and Phillips which may or may not be connected
to you. The link is at the foot of each India rootsweb mail.
Richard J Hayter
Has anyone got info on Memoirs of a Bengal Civilian, by John Beames, published 1961. It describes on pages 147 & 148 about a cyclone in India in 1864 and mentions an Engineer called Windle.
There was also a report on the Cyclone of India of the 5th October 1864 by Col. j. Gastrell and Henry F. Blanford which also mentions the same Engineer Windle. I cannot find in local libraries and wondered if I could view online or has anyone read these articles.
Dear Listers could you help me once more and tell me where and when my GG Grandparents were born. Their names William Crowford and Cathrine Crowford.I am trying to start our family tree Thanks so much for previous help.I am unable to give you the maiden name of my Great grandmother as i do not know It. Thanks so much Best wishes Doreen
Dear Roland and Ruth thankyou so much for the information about my grandmother Sarah Anne Crowford I oftened wondered why the second name of Anne was so common in my family. Once again thankyou for the trouble. Doreen Anne !!
William Dalyrmple is appearing on ABC tonight on the "Compass" programme.
No doubt it will be really interesting.
Molly Sarstedt-Hamilton, Townsville, Australia
On a beautiful mild spring morning
A little belated but thanks to Richard Hayter and Margaret of South Wales for information they supplied to me.
I am now looking for any information on a Joseph Phillips (father of Georgiana Weston/Western born either 1829 or 1830) possibly residing in Allahabad where his daughter was married in 1845 to John Weston.
Any information on a John Weston, Bugle Maj., 35th N.L.I. (what does that stand for?) Presidency: Bengal, would be great too.
You will have to excuse my ignorance by I am very new to all this searching!!!!!
I also need help with the name of a city or town in India. I have a copy of the original 1891 Census where is lists the Griffiths family who were all born in different locations India i.e. Jubbulpore (sp!) which I have never heard of. There are lines through all the important information such as ages and occupation etc. and places of birth. It looks intentional but I have no idea why. I can decipher most except a place that starts with Kay or Kaz and ends with, I think, bugh. Hope some kind person can help me.
Incidentally where does everyone get all this information and is there a limit to what one can ask for?
From: ronnie johnson <ronniejohnson100(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sep 30, 2007 6:38 AM
Subject: New Email address for Researchers to mail to in Bangalore
Please in future all requests of research work or grave searching in
Bangalore, you may contact me at my new email address that is *
ronniejohnson100(a)gmail.com* <ronniejohnson100(a)gmail.com> and phone numbers
Landline 091 80 22240145 and Mobile +91 9916494676 as my
ronniejohnson(a)hotmail.com DOES NOT EXIST anymore. The inconvience is
The new email address is basically for the India Group of friends who write
in and their mails get lost in the numerous mails I receive on the other
gmail address which will still be maintained.
The webpage maintained for the group is at
You may also write surface mail to Ronnie Johnson, 5/3 King Street, Richmond
Town, Bangalore 560025, India
Ronnie Johnson, The BangaloreWalla,
My Phone: 091 80 22240145, (+91) 9916494676
My Bangalore Page: http://www.geocities.com/ronnie.johnson
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Church records etc from Karachi will be in the Bombay presidency records,
>The Holy Trinity Church in Karachi is an active church,
> ....... but the LDS may have copies of the records under the Bengal
I have discovered that my Gradfather Mervyn James Calder had a sister, Lottie Amelia Calder, born 8th Dec 1887, Tamil Nadu.
I cannot trace any further information on her.
For ideas on reducing your carbon footprint visit Yahoo! For Good this month.
If you didn't already know the episode of the above programme on Thursday
4th October features Alistair McGowan.
He has found out through his research that he has anglo-indian ancestry in
the Calcutta and Allahabad areas.
My experience seems to be different. I have written (by post) to four
churches in India and Bangladesh and received replies from all four. The
longest delay was four months.
One of the clergy who replied stated that he was very happy to reply to me
since my letter was very well laid out and I was very clear about the
information I was looking for. He also said that many of the letters he
received were useless, since they referred to other parishes, did not
contain enough information to start any investigation, or were very
abrupt/rude and demanding (he referred in this case to the large number from
the USA). One of the replies was from a parishioner to whom all genealogical
queries addressed to the church were forwarded, who was extremely helpful.
In three cases I could not find the address of a church, and decided to
write to complete strangers who I found on non-genealogical mailing lists.
It is often easy with Google search to find someone in even a small village.
In all three cases, they were very helpful in giving me information from the
So never give up. There is always hope.