Personal Research Services (FIBIS Members)

This service is suspended temporarily due to the corona virus pandemic. However, the research team will continue to provide advice and also conduct online searches to assist those members who may not be familiar with available electronic resources.

FIBIS is able to provide personal research services at the India Office Records at the British Library and certain other London Archives to those of its Members who are unable to access records due to distance or disability. This is a service offered by our experienced volunteer researchers and there is no charge for their time. However, we do request reimbursement of reasonable expenses. For further information email

Research Advice

FIBIS does not have the resources to undertake research for the general public but would be pleased to offer some general advice to further your search. Please email your query to [email protected]

A brief introduction to research can be found in the Beginners’ Guide in the fibiwiki .

Baxter’s Guide‘ will also give you a good insight into the types of records held in the India Office Records at the British Library.

Examples of questions asked:

“My ancestor was in the Bengal Artillery around 1857, where would I find out more about him?”

“My ancestors were Catholic, where would be the best place to search?”

“My ancestor worked on the railways around the 1880s, what sort of records exist?”

Updated July 11, 2013