Genealogy

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in its series of Cemetery Record Books, for which there is an online index in the burials database on this site, and unpublished inscriptions are scattered throughout its cemetery files held in the British Library, sometimes with photographs of the actual gravestones.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 www.fibis.org where you will find a rich and varied range of genealogical and historical information.

What we do

We record the locations of cemeteries and monuments, and the inscriptions on headstones. We publish cemetery and church records containing names, inscriptions and biographical notes on individual tombs and gravestones. We support local people active in the restoration and conservation of European graveyards. Well over 100 projects have benefited from Bacsa funding.

This site

On this site you will find more details About our activities, examples of the Conservation Projects which Bacsa has supported, lists of the Cemetery Record and other Books we have published, and details of our Archives which have been built up over more than 30 years  to form a unique record of over 1,300 cemeteries taken from many different sources and often including headstone inscriptions and photographs.