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Societies and Associations

There are many societies and associations that can be useful to anyone researching their family in British India. I've included details of just a few of these below.

British Association for Cemeteries In South Asia (BACSA)

Formed in October 1976. The Association is involved with many activities such as the setting up of local committees in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Sri Lanka, Malaysia etc to help maintain and repair European Cemeteries and the building up of a Records archive in the Oriental and India Office Collections at the British Library. There are also several other projects.

The Association has a newsletter called the "Chowkidar" distributed free to members twice a year. There are also many other publications of interest on subjects such as social history and cemeteries to name a couple.

Here is an example of the content of the "Chowkidar" from Volume 9 Number 4 Autumn 2001.
The Baramulla Tragedy
Mailbox
Can You help?
The Tiger Lady of Jaulasal
The Grave of 'Lurgan Sahib'
Notices
BACSA Books
Several photographs of monuments included

Enrolment fee and subscription rates are available from the Secretary.

Honorary Secretary
Mr. T.C. Wilkinson
76 1/2(one half)Chartfield Avenue
London
SW15 6HQ

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society

The aims of the DHRS are to promote awareness of, interest in, and support for, the Darjeeling Himalayan railway. For more details about the society and enrolment details visit the websites below.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (Australia)

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (England)

For Canada please email

Yvonne Lefort

Families In British India Society (FIBIS)

FIBIS Website

Briefly the primary aim of the Society is to help individuals research their ancestors in India and associated countries such as Burma, those which are now Pakistan and Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Persia and the Persian Gulf and the islands linked to India, for example Mauritius.

FIBIS has a journal which contains brief, non-academic articles; a list of members' interests; requests for help; exchanges of information; lists of publications and book reviews; advice on using archives, etc.

Meetings are held involving lectures on subjects relevant to Family History in India.

There is an information exchange service, where information can be passed on or be requested by other researchers. Much of this will be via the INDIA@Rootsweb site.

The annual subscription for membership is currently 10 GB Pounds for people living in the UK and Europe and 15 GB Pounds for people living abroad. Subscriptions should be sent to the Treasurer.

Donald Jaques
25 Blacketts Wood Drive
Chorleywood
HERTS
WD3 5PY
UK

General Enquiries should be sent to the Membership Secretary.

Lawrie Butler
51 Taylors Ride
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire
LU7 3JN
UK

Email: lawrie.butler@talk21.com

The Indiaman Magazine/The British Ancestors in India (UK) Ltd

A genealogical magazine issued 4 times a year for people researching their ancestry of British and European origin in India and South East Asia from 17th-20th Century. For further details about the magazine and how to subscribe click on the link below.

The Indiaman Magazine

The Womens Auxillary Corps (India) Association

The Association was formed in 1948 and is open to all ranks as well as to those who served in the RAF and in the WRINS,

An annual newsletter is sent out to all members in early March. The annual subscription is 2.00 GB Pounds, payable at the time of the Re-union Luncheon. Send payment to:

Hon. Secretary
Miss J. Collins
85 Valleyfield Road
London
SW16 2HX

The Re-union Luncheon is held on the third Saturday in October each year and the venue is the Victory Services Club in Seymour Street, London W2. A notice concerning this is sent out in early September.

The Association is also a member of the Indian Army Association and one or two of the functions organised by this Association are attended by some of our members -in particular the Wreath Laying Service at St. Paul's Cathedral on the first or second Wednesday in November when, among others, a wreath is laid at the plaque to the WAC(I).

List of members names mentioned in the 2003 Newsletter

Given name Surname Notes/ Maiden Name
Enid Adams -
Phyllis Aitken Garraty
Lawna Allen Gabb
Avril Atkinson Richards/Blackburn
Barbara Atkinson Pigott
Deirdre Banyard Carmichael
Daphne Barnes -
Nan Bazin ATS
Anne Beck Budgen
Pat Brodrick Hay
Ivy Brown -
Pamella Buttle Loader
Joan Clark -
Pat Clarke -
Joan Collins Hon. Sec.
Rhoda Coventry Dunlop
Joan Cragg -
Norma Creais Jordan
Jessica Creed Watts
Vera Cullinan -
Joy Dent Goff
Dorothy Downes Thornton
Jane Dunhill -
Joy Ells -
Joan Evans Pearce
Helen Fallon Tasker
June Finn -
Annette Gahan Huff
Elizabeth Gascoyne Wardley
Colleen Gilberg -
Tuppence Gillson Graham
Violet Goodall Tilley
Audrey Hadfield -
Doreen Harris Finlay-Davies
Yvonne Harvey -
Ruby Haughty Neeves
Christine Henderson O'Hara
Vivienne Holmes Bartels
Gwen Horseman Maxwell
Joan Hutchinson Webb
Joan Jackman Chairman
Marjorie James McHarg
Michael Jones Hon. member
Lilian Lees Garraty
Norma Lucas Samuells
Pat Mamprin -
Dee Massey WRNS
Diana Matthews Cursetjee
Isabel McDonald -
Marjorie Mitchell Horton
Vicky Nicholas Coote
Enid Oldrini Higgs
Kate Orchard Hillier
Pat Orr Batterbury
Hazel Packham Taylor
Anjali Paul Dutt
Josephine Plumstead Bilderbeck
Kathleen Price Brown
Joan Ramplin Devenish-Meares
Ann Rennie -
Molly Revell Barrett-Francis
Helen Roberts Myers
Beryl Rusmanis Sterling
Sheila Sharpe McDermott
Dapne Sherwood Lyons/Mellor
Peggy Skipwith Cooper
Lorna Smith-Shaw Probert
Frances Smithson Sheridan
Jill Spilsby -
Joan Tabor Kilford
Zoe Taylor -
Pat Thipthorpe Martin
Eileen Thomson-Peart Smith
Eileen Weguelin -
Mary Wilcocks Paxton
Barbara Woodroffe Robson
Merle Yashin Hillier

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