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Introduction

Researchers of family history of Europeans in India, for the period between 1713 and 1948. usually use the Ecclesiastical returns found in the British Library and LDS centers as the primary source of records for marriages, baptisms and burials.    In addition, it is often found that Thackers Directories are a valuable source of information.   Published each year and covering the period until Indian Independence in 1947 the Directories contain annual lists of civilian European and prominent Indian residents which help to place many individuals in specific places and points in time and allows careers in India to be traced.   Military Officers are listed in the East India Registers and Army Lists.    Unfortunately only officers are listed, not the many thousands who made up the other ranks.    Women are rarely mentioned unless they have standing in their own right as principals or teachers in schools; owners and managers of boarding houses, missionaries etc.   The most extensive and comprehensive collection of directories for India is held in the Oriental and India Office Collections (OIOC) at the British Library, however, collections of reference material can be found in many libraries around the world.


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map of the sub-continent

Thackers Directories

Thacker, Spink & Co was a well known Calcutta publishing company.   Their directories are well known and comprehensive.  In particular, Thackers Bengal Directory which was published 1864 - 1884 covered the presidency of Bengal; but from 1885 was expanded to cover the whole of India and its title was changed to Thackers Indian Directory.   It continued to be published until 1960.


The following edited description of Thackers Directories is provided by Roz Monaghan of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

The best way of describing one of these directories is to say that it is a combination of a yellow pages directory and a telephone directory, (without the numbers).   The directory contains alphabetical lists of European residents and prominent Indian residents.   Thacker may also have street directories and maps of the major cities, e.g.. The Bengal section may contain a list of Calcutta streets, the names of the residents of each house and a map.   The names of property owners may not appear in the residents list, so it pays to check both lists.    You'll need a lot of patience and a good magnifying glass for this task.

To give you a better understanding of what sort of information Thacker contains, here's a list of some of the contents:-   almanac holidays, postal information, telegraph rates, addresses of Govt. officials for state telegrams, P.O. & Tel. stations in India, list of dak bungalows, chronological list of appointments in the Govt. of India, census (pop.numbers only), Secretary of State for India, Government of India, local Governments, official directory of India and Bengal Government offices, political officers, forest, telegraph, postal, survey and police departments, and army and civil vet. depts., railway directory of India, mofussil directory, list of the civil divisions of India, alphabetical lists of European and prominent Indian residents, British and foreign merchants and manufacturers, maps of India's railways, maps of environs of Calcutta, Madras, Bombay, newspaper and periodicals directory.

For Calcutta, Madras, Bombay and Burma, it holds the following:-   Ecclesiastical directory and missions, charitable societies and hospitals, education directory, institutions, etc., literary and scientific societies, clubs, freemasonry, commercial directory.   It also lists the commercial industries of India which include among others - cardomon estates, coal, cocoanut, coffee, cotton, distilleries, flour, gold, ice, indigo factories, jute mills, lead, lime and stone works, mica works, pepper estates, quarries, salt mines, saltpeter refineries, silk filatures, soap factories, tanneries, tea companies/gardens, etc., tobacco, wool.

The directories are designated "Reference Use Only" so have to be used in-house.   The editions after the 1880s are  about 4-5 inches thick.   The earlier editions from the 1860s and 1880s are not quite so unwieldy but of course they only cover Bengal, whereas the later ones include Madras and Bombay presidencies also.


Tony Fuller,   London, U.K., adds the following:

Be careful with Thackers - it is only an indication, it is incomplete and is only as good as the information given to the publisher and then to the printers.   Thackers were an India/UK firm who ended up as one of the official printers to the India Government.

Prior to Thackers, which as Rosaline said started in Bengal where the firm was based, there were a number of other directories/almanacks dating from the late 18th century, based on the three Presidencies or specific areas like the early Calcutta directories.    They contain all sorts of information, some of which is consistent, like military officers but in some years they will have one set of contents and the next year drop some stuff - continuity and ease of use cannot be guaranteed.

They should be used in conjunction with the India Lists, which are the formal HEIC publications of the Company's activities in India and the UK - but, only the HEIC chaps and chapesses - no licenced inhabitants, uncovenanted people.   A reminder that some of the India lists are available on micro fiche.

 

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The British Library

Oriental and India Office Collections

Visitors to the OIOC Reading Room who are researching family history usually start by consulting the "Returns of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials."    The following description of these records is included in the OIOC web site.

"Returns of baptisms, marriages and burials, relating mainly to European and Eurasian Christians in India, Burma and other areas administrated by the East India Company and the Government of India.    The returns were transmitted by chaplains and ministers to the Government of India, and thence to the India Office, primarily for record purposes.   Apart from the series for the three Indian presidencies (Bengal 1713-1948; Madras 1698-1948, and Bombay, 1709-1948), there are returns for St Helena (1767-1835), Fort Marlborough (1759-1825), Penang (1799-1829), Macao and Whampoa (1820-1833), Burma (1937-1957), India and Pakistan (1949-1968), Kuwait (1937-1961), and Aden (1840-1969).   Copies of the contemporary indexes and microfilm of many of the registers may be consulted directly in the Reading Room."

Additional reference material of use to family historians is included in the Oriental and India Office Collections, the Humanities Collections and the Official Publications and Social Sciences Collections.

In the following tables the OIR shelfmarks are available on the open shelves of the Oriental and India Office Reading Room, the P.P. shelfmarks are contained in the Humanities collections but can be requested for consultation in the OIOC reading room, and the B.S. and I.S. shelfmarks are in the Official Publications and Social Sciences Collections, which are on 2nd floor directly below the OIOC reading room.

 

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Directories that are available on the open shelves of the   OIOC

Thackers Directories
Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
OIR 954 The Bengal Directory 1873, 77-80, 83, 84 Thacker & Co.: Calcutta
OIR 954 Thacker's Indian Directory * 1885(-1960) ** Calcutta
*Some volumes are not on shelf because of their fragile condition, e.g. 1912.
**Entries in each volume are for the year previous to the year of the directory, or in years when two volumes were issued, for the previous six months.
(The same rule applies to all Almanacs, Army Lists and similar year books that went to press at the end of the year).

 

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Bengal Presidency
Shelfmark Title Years(s)
OIR355.332 List of the Officers of the Bengal Army. Alphabetically arranged and annotated with biographical and genealogical notices by Major V. C. P. Hodson. 1758-1834
OIR 954.14 Original Calcutta Annual Directory and Calendar 1813
OIR 954.14 Calcutta Annual Register and Directory 1814
OIR 954.14 Bengal Directory 1815
OIR 954.14 Original Calcutta Annual Directory and Bengal Register 1817
OIR 954.14 Bengal Almanac and Annual Directory 1818, 1820
OIR 954.14 Calcutta Kalendar 1821
OIR 954.14 Bengal Directory 1822, 1823
OIR 954.14 Bengal Directory and General Register 1824, 1834 - 1858
OIR 954.14 Calcutta Annual Register and Directory 1831, 1835
OIR 954.14 Scott and Co's Bengal Directory and Register 1842, 1852
OIR 954.14 New Calcutta Directory 1856 - 1862

 

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Bombay Presidency
Shelfmark Title Years(s)
OIR 954.792 Bombay Kalendar and Register 1806, 1811-1813, 1816-1817, 1819-1828
OIR 954.792 Bombay Calendar and Almanac 1829-1844
OIR 954.792 Bombay New Almanack , Directory and General Register 1844
OIR 954.792 Bombay Calendar 1845
OIR 954.792 Bombay Calendar and General Directory 1846-1851
OIR 954.792 Bombay Almanac and Directory 1851-1853, 1856-1860, 1862-1868
OIR 954.792 Bombay Almanack and Book of Direction 1854, 1855, 1861

 

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Madras Presidency
Shelfmark Title Years(s)
OIR 954.8 Madras Register 1799
OIR 954.8 Madras Almanac 1800, 1803, 1811-1861
OIR 954.8 Asylum Press Almanac 1863 - 1936

 

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HEIC and India Lists
Shelfmark Title Years(s)
OIR 354.5 East India Company List of Civil Servants 1771,1774,1776,1782,1790,1799
OIR 354.5 Correct List of East India Company's Civil and Military Servants Nov. 1784
OIR 354.5 List of East India Company's Civil and Military Servants Bengal Asylum Press Almanac Aug. 1785
OIR 354.5 India Calendar 1789
OIR 354.5 Bengal Calendar and Register for the year 1790
OIR 354.5 Bengal Calendar for the year 1792
OIR 354.5 Proprietors of East India - Stock 1795,1806,1838
OIR 354.5 East India Register and Directory 1803 - 1842
OIR 354.5 India Register 1843 - 1860
SM 205. OIOC Allen's Indian mail 1843; 1845 - 1891
Hendon The Indian Mail, a monthly register for British and Foreign India, China, and Australasia. vol. 1, 2. 1845 - 1891
OIR 354.5 Indian Army and Civil Service List 1861 - 1876
OIR 354.5 India List 1877 - 1895
OIR 354.5 India Office List 1893 - 1895
OIR 354.5 India List and India Office List 1896 - 1937
OIR 354.5 India Office and Burma Office List 1938 - 1940
OIR 354.5 India Office and Burma Office List 1947 supplement
OIR 354.5 Supplement to India Office List 1947
OIR354.5P The directors of the East India Company, 1754-1790
James Gordon Parker,   University of Edinburgh
1977

 

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Army Lists
Shelfmark Title Years(s)
OIR355.31 A register of titles of the units of the H.E.I.C. & Indian armies, by Chris Kempton 1666-1947
OIR 355.33 Indian Army List April 1891 - October 1946

 

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The following directories are available in the Humanities collections of the British Library

Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
P.P.2551.da. The Bengal Directory 1873, 77-80, 83, 84 Thacker & Co.: Calcutta
0790.115000n Allen's Indian Mail and Official Gazette 1858 - 1891   
P.P.2551.da. Thacker's Indian Directory * 1885(-1960) ** Calcutta
P.P.2544.c. Street's Indian and Colonial Mercantile Directory, etc. 1867 London
P.P.2548.ka. A Directory of the chief Industries of India. (Burma, Ceylon, Straits settlements and the East Indian Islands.) With which is incorporated a list of tea companies and gardens, indigo and coffee estates ... and a directory of tea, coffee, chinchona, cardamon estates in Ceylon. With two maps. 1896 Thacker & Spink: Calcutta
P.P.2551.db. McCluskie's Indian Directory & Guide. Commercial & Official. Compiled by E. T. McCluskie. 1907(s) Baptist Mission Press: Calcutta
P.P.2548.kh. The Encyclopaedic Indian Directory.  Edited and compiled by Harnarayan Prasad. 1918(s) Allahabad
P.P.2553.ab. The Encyclopaedic Indian Directory, Delhi.  Edited and compiled by Harnarayan Prasad. 1919 Allahabad

 

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Bengal Presidency
Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
P.P.2551.a. The Calcutta Annual Directory and Kalendar (The Original Calcutta Annual Directory and Calender-The Original Calcutta Annual Directory and Bengal Register) 1809, 1810, 1812, 1817, 1818. Calcutta
P.P.2551.d. The New Annual Bengal Directory and Calcutta Kalendar 1824 Calcutta
P.P.2551.d. Bengal Directory & General Register 1825 [29, 31, 33, 37, 39, 42] Calcutta
P.P.2551.d. The Bengal and Agra Directory and Annual Register 1843 [44, 49-51, 53, 54.] Calcutta
P.P.2551.d. The Bengal Directory and Annual Register 1855 Calcutta
P.P.2551.c Scott and Co.'s Bengal Directory and Register with the almanac, and an appendix, etc 1839 (41, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 52) I. B. Scott & Co.: Calcutta
P.P.2551.e. The New Calcutta Directory, for the town of Calcutta, Bengal, the North-West Provinces, Punjab, Arracan, Assam, Pegu, Tenasserim.  Compiled by A. G. Roussac. 1856 - 1858 F. Carberry: Calcutta,
P.P.2551.dc. Thacker's Calcutta Directory, City and Suburbs.  Together with a directory of the chief industries of Bengal, etc. 1906, etc. Thacker, Spink & Co.: Calcutta
P.P.2551.ba. Metro's Calcutta Directory, with Howrah & suberbs 1941 Calcutta

 

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Bombay Presidency
Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
P.P.2557.b. The New Bombay Directory.  With an appendix 1838 Bombay
P.P.2557.ba. Thacker's Bombay Directory, city and island.  Together with a directory of the chief industries of Bombay, etc. 1913 [etc.] Thacker & Co.: Bombay
P.P.2555.da. The "Times of India" Calendar & Directory (Bombay Directory) 1864(-1929) Bombay
P.P.2557.bb. The Times of India Directory of Bombay City & Presidency 1930 Bombay

 

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Madras Presidency
Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
  Madras Register 1799  
P.P.2564. The Madras Almanac (The Madras Almanac and Compendium of Intelligence) 1812, 17, 19, 24, 26, 33, 39, 40, 42, 43, 45-48, 50, 51, 56, 57 Madras
P.P.2564.d. The Illustrated Madras Almanac 1863, 1865, 1866 Madras
P.P.2564.d. Foster's Illustrated Madras Almanac 1867 Madras
P.P.2564.d. Foster's Madras Almanac 1870, 1876 Madras
P.P.2564. The Asylum Press Almanac and Compendium of Intelligence 1867, 73, 74, 92 Madras
P.P.2564.ba. The Madras Almanac and Directory 1892 Madras
P.P.2564. The Asylum Press Almanack & Directory of Madras and Southern India, including Burma, etc. after 1892 Madras
P.P.2566.caa. The Madras Directory & Who's Who 1946, (1856-57) etc.   Madras

 

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Ceylon
Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
P.P.2576.a. The Ceylon Calendar 1814, 23, 30 Colombo
P.P.2576.a. The Ceylon Almanac and Compendium of Useful Information 1833-1850 Colombo
P.P.2576.a. The Ceylon Almanac and Annual Register 1851-1859, 1861, 1862 Colombo
P.P.2576.bae. Peterson's Ceylon Almanac 1870 E. H. Peterson: Colombo
P.P.2575.q. The Ceylon Almanac and Directory.  Compiled by Joseph Savarimuttoo 1888 Jaffna

 

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Army Lists
Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
P.P.2566.a. The Quarterly Army List of Her Majesty's and the Honorable Company's Services, on the Establishment of Fort St. George. To which is added, the Civil Servants on the Madras establishment. A list of the Officers in ... the Nizam's service: a gradation list, with an appendix and index. 1844, 1849 Madras
P.P.2566.a. The Madras Army List, etc. Jan., July, Oct. 1850 Madras
P.P.2566.b. The Quarterly Army List; Her Majesty's British and Indian Forces on the Madras Establishment corrected to 30th September, 1859 Madras
P.P.2566.c. The Adelphi Press Army List, and Civil List for the Madras Presidency. Apr.-Aug. 1865 Madras
P.P.2486.lba. The New Army List, Militia List and Indian Civil Service List. 1870-1880 London
P.P.2486.lba. The New Army List, Militia List, Yeomanry Cavalry List and Indian Civil Service List. 1881-1893 London

 

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Periodical Publications
Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
251.l.21. The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British India and its Dependencies. vol. 1-25. 1816-28 London
P.P.3780. vol. 26-28 1828, 29 London
P.P.3780. The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British and Foreign India, China, and Australasia. New series. 1830-43 London
P.P.3780. The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Miscellany. Third series 1843-45 London
P.P.3780. The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Review. Fourth series 1845 London
1509/1021. The Asiatic Journal, etc. New Series, vol. 31. no. 124. 1840 London

 

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The Official Publications and Social Sciences Collections of the British Library


HEIC, India and Army Lists
Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
I.S.bo.107. The Bombay Army List. Also the Hyderabad Contingent List, the Indian Navy List, and the Bombay Civil List 1854, 1858, 1875 Bombay
B.S.21/60. The East India Register and Army List.  By F. Clark. 1845 - 1860 London
B.S.21/60. The Indian Army and Civil Service List. 1861 - 1876 London
B.S.21/60. The India List, Civil and Military. 1877 - 1885 London
B.S.21/19. The India Office List.  Containing an account of the services of the Officers in the Indian Service. 1886 - 1895 London
B.S.21/19. The India List and India Office List 1896 - 1906 London
I.S.365/3. The Quarterly Indian Army List. January 1, 1895 Calcutta
I.S.365/4. The Monthly Indian Army List. September 1, 1901 [etc.] Calcutta
I.S.365/5. The Half-Yearly Indian Army List. January 1, 1902 Calcutta
B.S.21/19. India Office List 1907 - 1937 London
B.S.21/19. The India Office and Burma Office List 1938-1940, 1945-1947 London
These can be consulted in the Science 2 North Reading Room which is situated on the 2nd floor directly below the OIOC.

 

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Liverpool Central Library

Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
  Thacker's Indian Directory 1905, 1915, 1920, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1947/48, 1949/50 Calcutta
There is some uncertainty about which volumes they have, so don't count on a particular year until you see it.

 

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Guildhall Library,    City of London

Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
ST12211 The East India Kalendar or Asiatic Register 1793, 1794, 1795  
ST1217 Original Caalcutta Annual Directory and Calendar 1813, 1817  
ST12211 The Bengal Directory and General Register 1826  
ST1222 Calcutta Annual Directory and Register 1835  
S 915/4 Bengal Almanac, "The Book of Direction" 1840  
ST1218 Bengal Directory and Register 1842 Scott & Co.

 

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School of Oriental and African Studies,    University of London.

Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
JA001 191056 Thacker's Indian Directory 1887,1948/49,1960 Calcutta

 

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Oxford University, Bodleian Library

This table is still under construction
Call Number Title Years(s) Publisher
Vet. A5 f.299 The East India Kalendar; or, Asiatic register for Bengal, Madras, Bombay, Fort Marlborough, China, and St. Helena. 1791 London: printed for J. Debrett
Vet. KK5 e.16 The Madras Almanac 1799-1820 Madras
(Alm.) 2287 f.45 (5) An (The) East-India register and directory [afterward] The East-India register and army list The Indian army and civil service list [afterward] The India list, civil and military 1803-95 London
Johnson d.1818 The first Calcutta quarterly register and annual directory; or, Civil, military, medical and marine lists, of the presidency of Bengal 1812 Calcutta
Dir. 20644 e.71 The Bengal Directory and Annual Register 1838 Calcutta
Dir. 2323 d.14 Street's Indian and colonial mercantile directory 1867-89,
some missing
Calcutta
Dir. 23167 e.72 Whitaker's naval and military directory (and Indian army list) 1898-1900
some missing
London
Dir. 2064 d.62 Thacker's Indian Directory 1903 Calcutta
20644 e.26 Thacker's Guide to Calcutta
by Walter Kelly Firminger
1906 Thacker, Spink & Co., Calcutta
Dir. 15085 d.77 Thacker's medical directory of India, Burma and Ceylon 1913, 1915 Calcutta
Dir. 15085 d.77 Thacker's Indian Medical Directory 1922-24 Calcutta

 

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The Society of Genealogists, London

Library Guides published by the Society of Genealogists show that the following are in their collection.

Unfortunately, the SOG is unable to undertake research for non-members at present due to the very limited number of staff available to undertake this work.   Any consultation of the material listed would have to be done by people visiting the Library or getting someone to do the research on their behalf.

Title Years(s)
East India Directory & Register 1782 to 1859 (some gaps)
Bengal Directory 1824
Ceylon Directory 1830
Ceylon Times Directory 1873
Ferguson's Ceylon Directory 1863, 1903-4, 1926, 1940
Bombay Gazette Bombay Almanac 1842, 1854, 1856, 1858, 1861
Bombay Calendar 1799, 1859, 1861, 1880
Times of India Bombay Directory 1867, 1882
Bengal & Agra Annual Guide & Gazetteer 1842, 1843
Calcutta Directory (Sanders) 1856
Young's Bengal Directory 1867
Street's Indian Directory 1873
Cone's Calcutta Directory 1875
Sind Gazette Karachi Guide 1911
Thackers Directory 1917
Indian Year Book 1931
Liddell's Simla Directory 1939

 

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Key books in the SOG collection:

Title Years(s) Author
Officers of the Bengal Army 1758 - 1834 V C P Hodson
Roll of the Indian Medical Service 1615 - 1930 D G Crawford
Officers in the Bombay Artillery 1745 -1860 F M W Spring
Officers in the Bengal Artillery 1749 - 1902 F W Stubbs
Officers in the Madras Artillery 1748 - 1861 J H Leslie
Record of the services of HEIC Civil Servants in Madras Presidency 1741-1858 C C Prinsep
General Register of HEIC Civil Servants in Bengal 1844 H T Prinsep

 

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Libraries outside the United Kingdom

National Library of Australia

Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
  East India Kalendar, or Asiatic Register, for Bengal, Madras, Bombay, Fort Marlborough, China and St. Helena 1791 London, J. Debrett
  East India Register and Directory 1804, 1805, 1808-1810, 1814-1816, 1819-1824, 1826-1828, 1831, 1832, 1837, 1841, 1844 London
       

 

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Personal Collection of    Sylvia Murphy

Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
  The Madras Almanac 1825 Asylum Press
  The Indian Year Book 1925 Bennett Coleman & Co

 

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State Library of New South Wales

Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
RAV/FM4/2
call #
Asiatic register for Bengal, Madras, Bombay, Fort Marlborough, China, and St. Helena*** 1791 London : Printed for J. Debrett
DS950.5/1 offsite Asiatic Annual Register 1800-1811 (1803 missing)   
DS310.548/1 The Madras Almanac 1819 Madras
S954.103A/3 Scott & Co's Bengal Directory and Register 1844 Calcutta : Scott W D & Co PTY LTD
S954.805A/1 Madras New Almanac 1860 Madras
DS954.03/1 Thacker's Indian Directory 1861 - 1956**** Calcutta
S339.054/3 Thacker's Directory of the Chief Industries of India, Burma and Ceylon 1898 - 1928 Calcutta
S954.703A/1 Thacker's Bombay Directory: City and Island 1916 - 1922 Calcutta
DS310.54/2 The Times of India Directory and Year Book, including Who's Who 1920-1927 Bennett Coleman Bombay
S310.54/2 The Times of India Directory and Year Book, including Who's Who 1928-1959/60 Bennett Coleman Bombay
  The war graves of the British Empire***** pub in 1931 London : Imperial War Graves Commission
***Full Title:   The East India kalendar, or, Asiatic register for Bengal, Madras, Bombay, Fort Marlborough, China, and St. Helena : for the year 1791 [microform] : on a more extensive plan than any hitherto offered to the public : containing complete and correct lists of the company's civil, military, marine, law, and revenue establishments ; public offices, bankers, Greek, Armenian, Mogul, and Portuguese merchants, company's agents at home and abroad : with a correct list of British European subjects residing in India, not in the company's service, &c. &c. &c
****Broken series, approx 3 per decade, none for 1870s
*****Full Title:    The war graves of the British Empire : the register of the names of those who fell in the Great War and are buried in cemeteries in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Assam, Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, Burma, Central India, Central Provinces and Berar, Hyderabad (Deccan), Madras, Mysore, Rajputana and Ajmer-Merwara, India / compiled and published by order of the Imperial War Graves Commission.

 

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Society of Australian Genealogists, Sydney, NSW

Periodical Publications
Shelfmark Title Vols./Years(s) Publisher
  The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British India and its Dependencies Vol.20 - 1825
Vol.26 - 1828
London
  The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British and Foreign India, China, and Australasia. New series. Vol.19 - 1836
Vol.20 - 1836
Vol.22 - 1837
London
**An appointment is needed if you want to see these volumes.

 

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State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Call numbers starting with YA are located in the Abbotsford store,
GMF and G call numbers are in the Genealogy Centre
Call Number Title Years(s) Publisher
G 954 K329R A register of the units of the Honourable East India Company and Indian armies, author Chris Kempton 1666 - 1947 Bristol [England] : British Empire & Commonwealth Museum, c1997
GMF 80 / BOX 1 The East-India register and directory 1811 London
YA 355.05 E7 The East-India register and army list, compiled by F. Clark. 1857 London : W. H. Allen
GMF 80 / BOX 1 The East-India register and army list 1860 London
YA 355.05 E7 The Indian army and civil service list 1861 - 1876 London : Wm. H. Allen
YA 058.54 T32 Thacker's Bengal Directory 1879, 1884 Calcutta
GMF 28 India Office List 1886 - 1896 H.M.S.O., London
YA 351.254 G79 The India list : civil and military 1877 - 1895 W.H. Allen, London
YA 351.254 G79 The India Office list 1887 - 1895 Harrison, London
YA 351.254 G79 The India list and India Office list 1896 - 1906 Harrison, London
YA 351.254 G79
and GMF 82
The India Office list 1907 - 19376 Harrison, London
YA 351.254 G79/b> The India Office and Burma Office list 1938 - 1947 H.M.S.O., London
YA 058.54 B43/b> The Bengal & Agra directory and annual register 1852 Samuel Smith & Co., Calcutta
  Allen's Indian mail and official gazette from British & foreign India, China, & all parts of the East** 1843, 1858-64, 1866-97 J.P. Allen, London
YA 058 54.T32 Thackers Directories 1911, 1917, 1925, 1929, 1933. 1933 Thacker, Spink & Co., Calcutta
YA 058 54.T32 Thacker's Indian directory including Burma & Ceylon. 1937/38 Thacker's Press, Calcutta
Note: On January 30, 2002 the 1917 edition of Thackers Directories was missing.    If it is found would someone please let me know.

 

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Monash University Library, Victoria, Australia

Call Number Title Years(s) Author Publisher
923.542 A1 HOD List of the officers of the Bengal Army, alphabetically arranged and annotated with biographical and genealogical notices. 1758-1834 V. C. P. Hodson London, Constable

 

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La Trobe University Library, Victoria, Australia

Call Number Title Years(s) Publisher
950 A843 / CPS 96-439 The Asiatic annual register 1799 - 1811 incomplete  
9950 A842 / CPS 96-438 Asiatic journal and monthly register for British and Foreign India, China and Australasia. 1816 - 1829 London : Printed for Black, Parbury & Allen
  General Report on the Census of India for 1891   Dr Peter G. Friedlander
Open Learning Buddhism/Hindi Co-ordinator
Asian Studies

 

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State Library of Western Australia

Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
1st Fl, Serial Stack 954 THA Thacker's Indian Directory 1861 - 1920 Calcutta

 

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Western Australian Genealogical Society

Shelfmark Title Years(s) Publisher
  A register of titles of the units of the H.E.I.C. & Indian armies, by Chris Kempton 1666-1947  

 

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University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Call Number Title Years(s) Author Publisher
DS486.C2F57 1906 Thacker's Guide to Calcutta 1906 Walter Kelly Firminger Thacker, Spink & Co.: Calcutta
UBC has many interesting books on India.  Well worth looking at if you're in the area.

 

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Library of Congress, Washington, DC, USA

Call Number Title Years(s) Publisher
DS486.C2 M55 Thacker's guide book to Calcutta: its high-ways & by-paths, with a chapter on the government of India. 1890 Thacker, Spink & Co
JQ202.A3 The India office and Burma office list 1836 Harrison and sons, London
DS486.C2 T45 Thacker's Calcutta directory, and environs 1866 Thacker's press & directories, Calcutta
  Thacker's directory for Bengal 1866-1867 Calcutta
DS405.A2 Thacker's Indian directory of India, Burma, Ceylon, Pakistan 1866 Thacker's press & directories, Calcutta
DS405.A2 Directory of the chief industries of India 1900 Calcutta
4DS Ind 134 Thacker's new guide to Simla 1925 Simla

 

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The New York Public Library, NY, USA

Call Number Title Years(s) Publisher
  Thacker's Indian directory ???? Calcutta

 

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Digital South Asia Library

  Title Years(s) Publisher
click on the title   The Imperial Gazetteer of India 1909 Oxford, Clarendon Press

 

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The University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA

OCLC Number Title Years(s) Publisher
25163653 The Bengal directory and Annual Register 1854 Calcutta : Samuel Smith and Co.

 

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The Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA, USA

Call Number Title Years(s) Author Publisher
DS434 H6 List of the officers of the Bengal Army, alphabetically arranged and annotated with biographical and genealogical notices. 1758-1834 V. C. P. Hodson London, Constable

 

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Thackers 1895

Buy a copy of the 1895 Thackers Directory on a CD


 

 

 

 

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Australia
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Sylvia Murphy
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Australia
Passages to India
Ian Poyntz
Houston, Texas
USA
The Poyntz Family in India
David Railton
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