Other archive resources
United Kingdom Memorial Inscriptions (UKMIs)
There are a great many memorial inscriptions in the United Kingdom of people who lived or served in British India or elsewhere in Asia. Most of them do indeed come from the UK but there are also some from other countries notably the Republic of Ireland. The archive currently contains almost fifty UKMI Files arranged by English county with separate files for Scotland Wales, Ireland, and overseas. A name index to the files can be found on the Burials database. Bacsa continues to collect ‘UKMIs’ and the database is updated as they are received. If you spot an India-related memorial in a UK church or cemetery, do make a copy of the inscription and send it in.
Family History Files
Biographical information on people connected with India and South Asia ranging from brief notes to full scale family histories.
A wide range of books, articles, notes and occasional papers on cemeteries and other topics relating to India and elsewhere in South Asia, subdivided into three series:
3. Secretary’s history files
Where are they?
Both the Cemetery archive and the Administrative archive are open to public access at the British Library in London where they are held as individual collections in the India Office Private Papers (under shelfmarks Mss Eur F370 and F605) and can be consulted in the Asian and African Studies Reading Room. Persons wishing to do so must have a British Library Reader Pass: click here for details of how to obtain one. On your first visit the staff on the Enquiry Desk will be happy to explain how to order the files. If you have questions regarding the files which they cannot answer the Bacssa archivists Richard Bingle or David Blake email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org may be able to help.
The archives contain material dating from Bacsa’s foundation to roughly 2011. Some files have continuation files not yet transferred to the Library: enquiries to Richard or David as above.
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: https://www.indusexperiences.co.uk