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either the East India Company army or the Indian Army then there is a wealth of information available. The acknowledged repository relating to the British in India and Southern Asia is at the British Library. Often referred to as the India Office, its official title is the Oriental and India Office Collections, and lately the Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections. The records of the British in India are housed there.

Not all of the records survive so don't expect to find everything you are looking for, but it is

BURIAL: At the British Library, you will find microfilmed copies of records taken from the original Church Registers. When I found John Campbell's death record from 1881, I discovered that the very next entry in the burial register, three days later was his son's burial

SIALKOT/SEALKOTE: On 9 July 1857 the 46th Bengal Native Infantry and the 9th Bengal Light Cavalry mutinied here. They went through the station killing any Europeans that they found; and releasing prisoners from their cells very rare to come away from there without discovering some useful snippet of information about your ancestors in British India.

An excellent book to consult before you visit the British Library is Ian Baxter's book Baxter's Guide -Biographical Sources in the India Office Records, now in its third edition. This contains advice and information and more importantly, the references to records relating to the British in India such as officers of the Indian Army, civil servants, railway staff, non-official inhabitants and passengers, etc. Baxter's book is on sale at the British Library bookshop and is available by mail order from them.

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