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Your brick wall could be in India!

Whether you are a genealogist, family historian or social historian researching India or South Asia between 1600 and 1947 our website can help you with your research. Let FIBIS help you break down those brick walls in your research. The Families In British India Society (FIBIS) is a self-help organisation devoted to members researching their British India family history and the background against which their ancestors led their lives in India under British rule.


Membership from only £15 a year

  • Two FIBIS Journals per year
  • Research provided by our Research Officer
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We hold two open meetings a year, plus various regional meetings worldwide. Our events calendar may also list events held by the British Library Asian and African Studies and BACSA.

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Find out more about the lives your ancestors lived with guides, lists sources and general background information about the culture, society and history of India during the period from 1600 to 1947.

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FIBIS Google Books library includes books on topics related to its aims.

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