Inscriptions on gravestones and memorials – ‘Monumental Inscriptions’ – often provide valuable genealogical information, and in the course of its work of preserving and recording cemeteries Bacsa has naturally accumulated much information useful to family history researchers.  Some of it is published in its series of Cemetery Record Books, for which there is an online index in the burials database on this site, and unpublished inscriptions are scattered throughout its cemetery files held in the British Library, sometimes with photographs of the actual gravestones. Also to be found in its archives are a number of family histories varying in scope from brief notes or family trees through short memoirs to full blown histories.

These resources are a ‘lucky dip’.  They are worth a try but there is no guarantee that you will find your ancestor in them.  For a website specifically devoted to family historians researching their British Fibis logoIndia antecedents and the historical background against which they  led their lives in India under British rule go to the website of our sister organisation The Families in British India Society where you will find a rich and varied range of genealogical and historical information.

Imperial India: Find your Ancestors

This is the title of a 14 day tour, 17th-30th October 2018, led by Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, MBE (editor of our Journal Chowkidar).  It will trace the history of the British Raj from its last capital Delhi to its original captal Calcutta, including visits to Meerut, Lucknow, Cawnpore, Serampore and Chandernagore.

The tour is organised by Indus Experiences a long established tour company based in Harrow, and is limited to 18 people, so an early decision to go may be advisable.

To book or for further information on the tour please contact the company:
tel: 0208 901 7320

The company donates £25 for each person joining the tour.

For further information on tours the company can offer see its website: