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Publications, Newspapers, Periodicals and Directories

Newspapers and periodicals are a great resource for tracing ancestors. If you have been unable to find a baptism, marriage or burial, or an arrival or departure on a passenger list, or various other events then it is worth checking some of the following indexes our volunteer transcribers have made.

Allens Indian Mail
(Births, Marriages and Deaths)
Asiatic Annual Register
(Births, Marriages and Deaths)
Asiatic Mirror and Commercial Advertiser
Benares Recorder
(Births, Marriages and Deaths)
Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce
(Births, Marriages and Deaths)
Calcutta Annual Register 1821
(Births, Marriages, Deaths)
Calcutta Newpapers 1793
Gentlemans Magazine
(Deaths, Marriages)
Hickys Bengal Gazette
Journal of the Families In British India Society
(Members only access)
Madras Courier
Madras Mail
(Births, Marriages, Deaths)
Parburys Oriental Herald, Colonial Intelligencer
(Births, Marriages, Deaths)
South African Commercial Advertiser
(Christenings, Marriages Deaths)
Stirling Observer 1857
(Escapees from the Mutiny 1857)
Suffolk Regimental Gazette
(Births, Marriages, Deaths, Promotions, Awards, Sporting events)
The Bangalore Spectator
(Candidates for Examination in Bangalore Schools in 1894)
The European Magazine and London Review
(Bengal Army list, Births, Marriages, Deaths)
The London Gazette
The Times of India
(Births, Marriages, Deaths)
The Times of India
Arrival and Departure Notices
The Times of London
The World 1794
Welsh publications
(Births, Marriages, Deaths)
Directory: East India Register
(Births, Marriages, Deaths)
Directory: Samuel Smith and Co
Directory: Scotts Bengal Directory
Fibiwiki articles: Newspapers
Using Newspapers and various other sources in your research.
Fibiwiki articles: Passenger Lists
Using Passenger lists in your research.
Fibiwiki articles: Findmypast
Article: India Office Records on Findmypast.


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