Hyderabad State

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Hyderabad State
Coordinates: 17.366°N 78.476°E
Present Day Details
Place Name: Hyderabad District
State/Province: Pradesh Andra Pradesh
Country: India
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Hyderabad State, also referred to as the Nizam's Dominions, was the largest of the Princely states. Not formally a part of British India, the mainly Hindu state was ruled by a series of hereditary Muslim princes called 'Nizam' (from Nizam-ul-Mulk - Administrator of the Realm [1]) from 1724 to September 1948 when it was forcibly integrated into the Indian Union and the Nizam deposed.

The state had borders with the Madras Presidency to the south, the Bombay Presidency to the west and Berar and the Central Provinces to the north. Its capital was the city of Hyderabad: immediately to the capital's north lay Secunderabad, a city in its own right and a military cantonment under direct British rule. Collectively, the two were often referred to as the 'Twin Cities'.

There were also other military cantonment under direct British rule. Records of baptisms, marriages and burials which occurred in the cantonments under British rule, will be found in the usual sources. At least for some periods these cantonments were regarded as part of the Madras Presidency.


British Library Records

  • Baptisms,Marriages and Burials - Indian (Princely) States 1890-1946, N/5. These records appear to be on the LDS beta Family Search website, refer IGI
  • Histories of Service, 1879-1903 - V/12/429-33
  • Civil Lists, 1875-1903 - V/13/1225-32


  • List of Local Officers of the Nizam's Army, 1807-1853 by Humphry Bullock. Second edition, printed for the subscribers: Rawalpindi, 1938. Available at the British Library [2]
  • List of inscriptions on tombs or monuments in H.E.H. the Nizam's dominions : with biographical notes by O.S. Crofton. Hyderabad, published under the authority of His Exalted Highness the Nizam's Govt, 1941. Available at the British Library, UIN: BLL01001781826

This India List thread gives the names of the cemeteries in 1939, probably taken from the book above.

See also external links below.

LDS Microfilms

A keyword search in the LDS Library Catalogue for Hyderabad shows entries

Related articles

Hyderabad Contingent

External links

Inscriptions from some old tombs in Hyderabad State from Inscriptions on Tombs or monuments in Madras by J J Cotton 1905 archive.org

Historical books online

Volume I 1929 Pdf download, Digital Library of India. Archive.org version. Poor quality images. Different Archive.org/DLI file with some improved images. 3rd file, Archive.org, Digital Library of India Collection
Volume II 1934 Archive.org. Poor quality images. May require a Djvu or BitTorrent plug-in for ease of reading.
  • The following books are available on Archive.org in the Digital Library of India Collection.
    • The Hyderabad Almanac and Directory for 1892. No contents page. List of Principal European and Anglo-Indian Residents in Hyderabad computer page 170 Archive.org
    • 1936 Hyderabad Directory Contents, computer page 5; Who's Who, computer page 226; Lawyers, computer page 282 Doctors, page 291 Archive.org.
  • The Classified List Of Officers Of Civil Department 
H.E.H.The Nizams Government 1932, 1934, 1939 are available to download as pdfs on OUDL (Osmania University Digital Library).
The Classified List of Officers of the Civil Departments Of H E H The Nizam’s Government. Links to a broken range of editions 1928 to 1940s. Archive.org, Digital Library of India Collection. DLI perhaps may have additional volumes.


  • "Reprinting Deccan heritage" The Hindu, Jan 14, 2010 talks about the reprint of the book Glimpses of The Nizam's Dominions being an exhaustive photographic history of the Hyderabad state, Deccan, India. With nearly 600 superbly reproduced views by Claude Campbell first published in 1898.


Hyderbad State map Imperial Gazetteer of India Vol 26 Atlas 1909


  1. "Nizam", Wikipedia
  2. If there are difficulties finding this book in the British Library catalogue, identifying numbers are UIN: BLL01000527926 and System number 000527926.