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The Genealogy Show at Birmingham NEC 7-8 June 2019

FIBIS will have a stand at “The Genealogy Show” at Birmingham NEC 7-8 June 2019 and our team will there to give help and advice on researching your ancestors in British India as well as having a range of FIBIS Research Guides, Fact Files and second-hand books for sale. FIBIS trustees, Beverly Hallam and Valmay Young, will also be giving the following talks.

Friday 7th June 2019

12.30pm – 1.30pm in Arena 3

Researching British India Family History for Free Using Online Sources

Some three million Britons lived and served in India over the three and a half centuries of Britain’s presence there. Families in British India Society (FIBIS) Research Officer, Beverly Hallam and FIBIS Website & Social Media Manager Valmay Young, walk you through the key resources freely available online for researching your family history in British India without having to spend a penny. A couple of case studies will be included in the presentation to demonstrate these online resources and how much you can actually find out.

Saturday 8th June 2019

10.30am – 11.30am in Arena 2

Researching Ancestors in British India

From 1600 to 1947, the East India Company, and the British controlled Government of India, won that country with their armies and governed it with a Civil Service. Britons from all social classes were recruited to run every aspect of social, commercial, political, economic and military life. Many records of these people survive, and Valmay Young and Beverly Hallam of the Families in British India Society will explain these records and where to find them.

Find out more and book tickets online at

Next FIBIS Event

Book your place for our AGM and Open Meeting on Saturday, 15 June 2019.
All welcome.


Trustee, website editor and social media manager for the Families in British India Society.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Brian

    Will there be a post with a summary of the presentations for those of us that can’t make the conference (it’s a long swim from here!).
    I hopefully have a reasonable idea of available (free and paid) online sources, but it never hurts to double check I haven’t missed one (or if there is a new one available).

  2. Valmay

    Hi Brian,

    FIBIS won’t be recording the talks, as it isn’t a FIBIS event. Not sure what the show organisers have planned with regards to recording the talks. If they are recorded and put online I will be sure to notify our members/followers.

  3. Brian

    Thanks Valmay. I’m not worried about a recording of the session. As part of your presentation I would assume you will have a handout, presentation slides, or speaker notes that could be made available. Eg even just a list of the free online sources you will be noting, and where to find other records related to British India research. You (FiBIS) are going to the effort to provide the info for the conference, why can’t the FiBIS members have the key details if they cannot attend the (as you say, non FiBIS) event? I am aware that your work is predominantly voluntary, so I’m not asking for additional work, just making available what you will already have prepared.

    1. Valmay

      Sorry Brian. I misread your post and replied in haste. Normally whenever I post a non-FIBIS event people ask if it is being recorded and put on the website for members and I automatically assumed that is what you read. I will sort something out for the members area after we have given the talk.

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