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This article details connections between British India and Ireland, particularly emigration and immigration.

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FIBIS Resources

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  • Limerick Museum has a section on The East India Company and Limerick containing the following datasets online:
    • Limerick Recruits to East India Company to 1832
    • Bombay soldiers 1831-60
    • Madras soldiers 1831-60
    • Bengal Soldiers 1831-1860
    • Supplementary Information
    • Discharged Soldiers 1820-61
    • Bengal officers to 1834.
    • Ghuznee prize list
  •, a free website operated by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Government of Ireland “a website that allows users the opportunity to search a wide range of record sources in their search of their Irish Ancestry. The website is home to the on-line historic Indexes of the Civil Registers (GRO) of Births, Marriages, Civil Partnerships and Deaths and to Church Records of Baptism, Marriage and Burial from a number of counties”. There is also a category "Research: Get Help"
Note, the website also includes records prior to 1922 for what became Northern Ireland.
  • From 8 September 2016, images of the General Register Office's historical birth, marriage and death registers are also available online. Due to privacy restrictions, birth records from the past 100 years (after 1915), marriage records from the past 75 years (after 1940) and death records from the past 50 years (after 1965) are not available.
  • Updated 01 March 2022, additional records have been released, with births to 1921, marriages to 1946, and deaths to 1971.
Update October 2016. These records are also available on Findmypast, a pay website, as Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Registers Browse (located in Life events (BMDs)/Parish Registers). Significantly it is stated "we have further indexed the records, which means that they are available for search by name". Findmypast also has databases Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (3 separate databases), (located in Life events (BMDs)/Parish Registers) and Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records, located in Life Events (BMDs)/Religious Ceremonies, with images, all sourced from National Library of Ireland, (and with links to the image on NLI Registers website).
  • National Archives of Ireland
    • Genealogy Includes links to the 1901 and 1911 Censuses, Soldiers Wills 1914-1918 and Calendars of Wills and Administrations 1858 - 1920. Free online records.
  • 15 September 2016. Six new record series were released , including "Shipping agreements and crew lists, 1863 – 1921" for the Merchant Navy, which covers not only Irish sailors, but include natives of Norway, Russia, Sweden, American and Germany. Also "Will Registers 1858 – 1900". Four of these record series, including Crew Lists and Will Registers are also available for free on Findmypast.
  • November 2018. Census index records are also available on FamilySearch, with data provided by the National Archives of Ireland.
  • "The India Callaghans" by Alfred D. F. Gabb, Volume 11 (1995) page 32
  • "From Co. Kildare to India" by Tom Radigan, Volume 13 (1997) page 3
  • "An Irish community in Bombay" by Abagail Sheppard, Volume 15 (1999) page 22
  • "Irishmen in the East-India Company Army" by Peter Bailey, Volume 17 (2001) page 84

Historical books online


  1. "A Lost Heritage: The Connaught Rangers and Multivocal Irishness" by John Morrissey, 2005 , Chapter 3 of Ireland’s Heritages: Critical Perspectives on Memory and Identity edited by M Mc Carthy 2005. Website: ARAN, National University of Ireland, Galway, archived webpage.