The Anglo-Indian community

This guide was last updated in 2012

During the era of the Raj the British kept birth, marriage and burial records for the European community living there as well as those for the Anglo-Indian community. The Anglo-Indian community was a distinct community originating from mixed marriages between the European and native population.

Records for this community can be found among the church records held by the British Library in the African and Asian reading room, known as the Returns of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1698 – 1969. These are returns from churches in areas administrated by the East India Company and then the Government of India. They include records for Anglo-Indians as well as Europeans.

The records can now also be searched online as part of the collection on If your ancestor was an Anglo-Indian he may have also served in the Indian Army and any existing records will also be at the British Library. You can search to see if your ancestor is among the Library’s biographical index at

Finally, the Families in British India Society has a website dedicated to the lives of European and Anglo-Indian ancestors living in the subcontinent between 1600 and 1947. Their website can be found at It has many useful functions including a database that can be searched for free and contains over one million names.

It also has a guide to research for beginners available at:

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