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For information about records for non-Christian religions in India, go to the Religious Records page.
Church records are an excellent source for accurate information on names and dates and on places of births, marriages, and deaths. Many people who lived in India have information recorded about them in a church record. Since civil authorities did not begin registering vital statistics until 1872, church records are the best source for family information before that date.
The first step in researching European or Anglo-Indian ancestry in colonial India is to use the church records. For administrative purposes, colonial India was divided into three Presidencies, Bombay, Madras, and Bengal. Protestant and Catholic churches began to keep records in India in 1698 (Madras), 1709 (Bombay) and 1713 (Bengal). Each year, these records were transcribed and sent to the capital of the Presidency, where they were indexed. The records and indexes were then sent to headquarters in London. This practice ceased at Independence in 1947. Learn more about family history in the India Office Records.
Parish maps can help you determine which parish to search. Maps will reveal neighboring parishes to search if your ancestor is not listed in the parish where you expected him or her to be. See India Maps for more information.
Online Records[edit | edit source]
- India Births and Baptisms - FamilySearch Historical Records
- India Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records
- India Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records
- India (French Overseas) Civil Registration and Parish Registers, 1676-1914, index and images.
- UK, Foreign and Overseas Registers of British Subjects, 1628-1969 at Ancestry ($), index
- 1698-1948: Parish register transcripts from the Presidency of Madras, 1698-1948 at FamilySearch, images and incomplete index.
- 1709-1948: Parish register transcripts from the Presidency of Bombay, 1709-1948 at FamilySearch, images and incomplete index.
- 1713-1948: Parish register transcripts from the Presidency of Bengal, 1713-1948 at FamilySearch, images and incomplete index.
- 1724-1996: India, Archdiocese of Goa, Roman Catholic Priesthood Candidates, 1724-1996 at FamilySearch, index and images.
- 1743-1990: India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990 at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1809-1997: Church records, 1809-1997 of St. Mark's Church in Bangalore at FamilySearch, images
- 1835-1856: Roman Catholic returns of baptisms, marriages and burials, 1835-1856 at FamilySearch, index and images.
- 1854-2012: India, Gujarat Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1854-2012 at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1858-2014: India, Haryana, Gurgaon, New Colony, St. Michael's Church, parish registers, 1858-2014 at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1887-1997: Registros paroquiais (cópias), 1887-1997, Catholic Church, Saint John the Baptist (Benaulim, Goa) at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1913-1995: Registros paroquiais (cópias), 1913-1995, Igreja Católica, São Felipe e São Tiago (Cortalim, Goa) at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1913-1996: Registros paroquiais (cópias), 1913-1996, Catholic Church, Saint Inês (Panaji, Goa) at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1914-1956: Registros paroquiais (cópias), 1914-1956, Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Rosary (Siridão, Goa) at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1914-1957: Registros paroquiais (cópias), 1914-1957, Catholic Church, Our Lady of Snows (Rachol, Goa) at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1914-1982: Registros paroquiais (cópias), 1914-1982, Catholic Church, Saint John the Evangelist (Neurá, Goa) at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1914-1988: Registros paroquiais (cópias), 1914-1988, Catholic Church, Our Lady of Snows (Raia, Goa) at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1914-1988: Registros paroquiais (cópias), 1914-1988, Catholic Church, Saint John the Baptist (Pilerne, Goa) at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1914-1990: Registros paroquiais (cópias), 1914-1990, Catholic Church, Our Lady of Piety (Divar, Goa) at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1914-1990: Registros paroquiais (cópias), 1914-1990, Catholic Church, Saint Thomas (Aldona, Goa) at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1914-1991: Registros paroquiais (cópias), 1914-1991, Catholic Church, Saint John the Baptist (Carambolim, Goa) at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1929-1999: Parish registers, 1929-1999, Catholic Church, Our Lady of Purification Church (Manambathi Kandigai, Chinglepet) at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1940-2013: India, Delhi, Delhi, Shahdara, St. Joseph's Church, parish registers, 1940-2013 at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1940-1947: Registros paroquiais (cópias), 1940-1947, Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Rosary (Rivona, Goa) at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1947-1990: Registros paroquiais, 1947-1990, Catholic Church, Saint Cajetan (Bastora, Goa) at FamilySearch, images only.
- 1949-1967 - India and Pakistan, ecclesiastical returns, registered 1949-1967, at FamilySearch, indexed images.
Christian parish records[edit | edit source]
These include records of baptisms, marriages, and burials. Includes not only British, and European members, but native Indians as well. They generally exist from 1700 to present. Some churches were established in the 1600s, but records generally do not exist from that time.
Burial records give date and place of death and deceased name, if in the military has detachment, if a mariner the name of his ship, if a colonist the words “inhabitant”. European nationality was given if not English and if a native Indian the words “India Man” were used. Initially no age was given however, if an infant it was so noted. Cause of death given. Christenings, baptisms and births are often mixed together in the register. The event’s date, the name and sex of the child, it’s father’s name and sometimes that of the mother is given as is European nationality if other than English. The marriage records show date and place of marriage, full name of bride and groom except in the case of an Indian woman where only a European first name is given, the groom’s military affiliation if any and the word “inhabitant” was generally noted.
Locating Church Records[edit | edit source]
To find an ancestor in church records, it helps to know his religion and the parish where he lived. The Imperial Gazetteer may help you find the parish. See the "Gazetteers" section of this Wiki for information about the gazetteer and for other help in finding a parish.
More than 200,000 transcriptions of indexes to church records are available on FIBIS Families in British India Society and India Office Family History Search. All of the church record transcriptions and indexes have been microfilmed and are available on microfilm at the Family History Library (direct link to a list of FHL Microfilms of Church registers in India). They can be found by using the Place Search for India - Church Records.
Church of North India (Anglican)[edit | edit source]
The Church of North India is comprised of seven diocese: Calcutta, Mumbai, Chotanagpur, Lucknow, Nagpur, North East India, and Nasik. The church was formed by the union of the Church of England in India, the Church of Pakistan, and the Church of South India. It includes all of the states and Union Territories of India with the exception of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana.
The Diocese of Mumbai covers the entire state of Gujarat, as well as parts of the states of Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan. During the Bombay Presidency (1843 to 1936), it also included Anglican churches in what is now Yemen. The seat of the bishop is located at St. Thomas Cathedral, Mumbai.
|Church||Saint||Also Known As||Location||Established|
|All Saints Church||Bijapur|
|All Saints Church||Dharwar||1888|
|All Saints Church||Kirkee||1869|
|All Saints Church||Lonavala||1903|
|All Saints Church||Malabar Hill, Mumbai||1891|
|All Saints Church||Kolhapur|
|Anscesion Church||Deshpandenagar, Hubli||1905|
|Christ Church||Lusadia Village||1904|
|Christ Church||Steamer Point Aden (Yemen)|
|Church Mission House||Mumbai|
|Church of Good Sheperd||Ranibennur|
|Church of Holy Angels||Rasta Peth, Pune||1883|
|Church of Holy Name||Hubli, Dharwar|
|Church of Holy Name||Guruwar Peth, Pune||1883|
|Church of Sholapur||Epiphany Church||Sholapur|
|Church of St Mary the Virgin||Mary the Virgin||Castel rock||1926|
|Church of the Good Sheperd||Dharwar||1888|
|Church of the Resurrection||Betgari, Dharwar|
|Garrison Church||Ghorpadi, Pune||1866|
|Holy Cross Church||Mumbai||1898|
|Holy Home University Settlement||Thane|
|Holy Nativity Church||Matunga||1925|
|Holy Redeemer Church||Dadar||1925|
|Holy Trinity Church||Purandar||1865|
|Kadoli Church||Karoda, Kolhapur||1906|
|Seaman’s Institute Bombay||Prince of Wales Seamen's Club||Ballard Estate, Mumbai|
|St Andrew’s Church||Andrew||Agripada, Mumbai||1916|
|St Andrew’s Church||Andrew||Bhileda, Vijaynagar|
|St Andrew’s Church||Andrew||Keshavpur, Hubli|
|St Christopher Church||Christopher||Goa||1837|
|St Christopher Church||Christopher||Kalyan||1837|
|St Crispin's Church||Crispin||Pune||1907|
|St Francis Church||Francis||Panvel||1992|
|St George’s Church||George||Ahmedabad||1882|
|St Georges Church||George||Kaira||1824|
|St James Church||James||Baroda (Vadodara)||1818|
|St James Church||James||Thane||1825|
|St John the Evangelist Church||John the Evangelist||The Afghan Church||Colaba||1824|
|St John’s Church Army United Church||John||Colaba, Mumbai|
|St Mary’s Church||Mary||Belgaum||1869|
|St Mary’s Church||Mary||Parel||1884|
|St Mary's Church||Mary||Kirkee||1915|
|St Mary's Church||Mary||Pune||1821|
|St Mathew’s Church||Matthew||Pune||1893|
|St Matthias Church||Matthias||Broach (Bharuch)|
|St Paul’s Church||Paul||Pune||1867|
|St Peter’s Church Pachgani||Peter||Satara|
|St Saviour’s Church||Saviour||Mount Abu||1834|
|St Stephen’s Church||Stephen||Bandra||1853|
|St Thomas Church||Thomas||Satara||1847|
|St. James' Church||James||Mount Abu (Rajasthan)|
|St. Mary's Church||Mary||Aden Crater (Yemen)|
|St. Thomas Cathedral||Thomas||Mumbai||1676|
|Umerkhadi Church||Mandvi, Mumbai|
References[edit | edit source]
Digital Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]
Watch for digitized copies of church records to be added to the collection of the FamilySearch Library. Some records might have viewing restrictions, and can only be viewed at a Family History Center near you, and/or by members of supporting organizations. To find records:
- a. Click on the records of India.
- b. Click on Places within India and a list of towns will appear.
- c. Click on your town if it appears, or the location which you believe was the parish which served your town or village.
- d. Click on the "Church records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
- e. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the listing for the record. . The magnifying glass indicates that the record is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the records.