Steamship TSS California - Anchor Line built 1907

Steam Ship log 3rd October 1935 Liverpool to Bombay

Ancestry in India ? - how to search


We are getting many requests for details on ancestors who worked in India or were Tea Planters in Assam, Darjeeling or North East India.

This page is here to help you.

Frequently Asked Questions :

Question - Why did so many tea planters end up in Australia and NZ ?

Answer -  When the big exodus of tea planters took place in the late 1960s/1970s, a lot of tea planters opted to go to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and some went to New Zealand. Then from PNG, those planters that reached a ‘retirement age’, naturally thought of Australia as it was so close. Larry Brown (ex-Margherita Tea Company) settled in Queensland after PNG, and then started up a tea estate and company with a couple of other ex-India planters. They produced tea under the Madura Tea Company, which is still going strong in Oz, although Larry has long since retired.


Here are some sources to find more information on your ancestors : - This is a good website and can be joined for a short period for not a huge sum of money.  CLICK HERE FOR ANCESTRY.COM

Within this the search engine you can find the ships logs - as per the example above from 3rd October 1935.


British Newspaper Archive - CLICK HERE


India Office Family History Search - CLICK HERE


The Kabristan Archive - CLICK HERE



The Families In British India Society (FIBIS) is a self-help organisation devoted to members researching their British India family history and the background against which their ancestors led their lives in India under British rule.
There's lots of useful information you can find for free and a subscriber option and items to purchase for those who wish - CLICK HERE



If you are still interested in chasing ancestors, here's a site you might checkout. It's an incredible resource.

When you get to the opening page just type in your last name (not your first) and see the list which results.  Then, just to see how it works, click on one and you will see that person's profile - family and dates, etc.  Then, if  you look at the tabs at the top, click on the tab labeled Family Tree & Tools and you will see that person's ancestors.

Play around with a bit and you'll get the hang of it.  Then you can do some serious searches.

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Here is a film of the steamship TSS California - amazing interiors !