At the Annual General Meeting of the Families in British India Society (FIBIS), Chairman, Peter Bailey, announced an exciting partnership agreement with brightsolid Online publishing Limited (BSOP).
BSOP is digitizing many of the India Office Records (IOR) for the British Library, and will be making them available on-line to users of its findmypast.co.uk website. This is a very welcome move which will extend access to the IOR to a world-wide audience. Included are the two million records of Baptism, Marriage and Burial of European and Anglo-Indian persons in India which will be a huge asset to Family Historians.
FIBIS will be linked with all relevant introductory pages so BSOP users can easily visit FIBIS and take advantage of the wealth of free information available on its web site. Details of everyday life, occupations, the Military and explanations of terms peculiar to British India are all available. Researchers and family historians will then be able to fit together many of the pieces of the biographical jigsaw to build a vivid picture of their ancestorâ€™s life.
FIBIS will maintain all its existing databases and, in future, will focus its efforts on providing new material and databases from alternative original sources, such as newspapers and directories, to complement the IOR data.