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“Finding My Family in India” – by Elaine MacGregor – a Zoom meeting

March 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Elaine knew her father and grandmother were born in India, it wasn’t until she joined FIBIS (about 20 years ago) that she discovered 6 generations in India, originating from two poor Irish soldiers, one in His Majesty’s forces and the other in the East India Company Army being sent out to India.  It is estimated that there were 3 million Britons who lived and served in India over the three and half centuries of British presence on the sub-continent.  They did not always stay there, some took their families with them, some had families in India, many died there, but just as many returned to the UK –  hopefully Elaine will be able to give you an introduction of how to research those ‘brick wall’ ancestors during the period the British were in India from 1600 to 1947 together with sources and general background information of how and where to look for the records.

Now in her 70’s, Elaine started researching her family history in her teens and used her grandmother’s dog breeding pedigree forms to fill in a basic family tree.  Then in her 20’s Elaine started travelling, got married, had children etc and it was  only about 25 years ago that she started researching her family in earnest.   Elaine’s husband bought  a family history software package for Christmas – how he has regretted that purchase ever since!  Elaine is  a Trustee of FIBIS [Families in British India Society];  a member of  BACSA [British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia]; the Sussex Family History Group and The Guild of One Name Studies, with two names being researched – WOODNUTT, her maiden name and VANDERVORD, her husband’s maternal ancestors.  Elaine is currently doing the IHGS [Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies] Correspondence Course.

Zoom sign-in from 7.15 pm (UK time).

Society Members who have consented to receive information by e-mail will find a meeting invitation link, and how to donate the £3 admission, in the E-News sent about 4 days before the meeting.

Those who do not receive E-News, or who are not Society Members, are welcome to join this meeting and should use this link and select Liaison in the E-mail section to request an invitation link at least 6 hours before the meeting is due to start.


March 15
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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