Records in the UK

This guide was last updated in 2012

Depending on when and how your family arrived in the UK, it may be possible to find records for them online either through immigration or naturalisation records.

The website www.movinghere.org.uk is a great place to start your search. It gives timelines for the history of various migrant communities settling in the UK, including the South Asian community, and also has a searchable database.

If your ancestor arrived by ship before 1960 then you may be able to find them listed on passenger lists. You can search them on Ancestry.co.uk at: search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1518.

If your emigrant ancestor was naturalised, try to see if you can find a record for their naturalisation among TNA’s collection here: nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/looking-for-person/naturalised-britons.htm

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