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 are available on the pay website findmypast and are thought also to be available on the free FamilySearch website (noting you are required to be signed in to FS).
  • Histories of Service, 1879-1903 - V/12/429-33
  • Civil Lists, 1875-1903 - V/13/1225-32


  • 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, and also in an Indian reprint edition. [2]


Hyderabad and Secunderabad cemetery names have changed over time as detailed below.[3]

LDS Microfilms

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

Related articles

Hyderabad Contingent

External links


Historical books online

"More Monumental Inscriptions-V", Nos. 1030-1115 by Capt. H Bullock pages 124-129 Bengal, Past and Present Volume 45 April-June 1933 Archive.org/DLI. Includes Hingoli, Hyderabad State. Archive.org/DLI
"Reprinting Deccan heritage" The Hindu, Jan 14, 2010, now archived, talks about the reprint of the above book which is also available at the British Library UIN: BLL01007259846 .


  1. "Nizam", Wikipedia
  2. Department of Heritage Telangana reprint includes a description of the content, the latter an archived page.
  3. Johnson, Ronnie. New Names of Cemeteries in Secunderabad Rootsweb Mailing List 7 November 2009, archived and Edwards, Kerry. New Names of Cemeteries in Secunderabad Rootsweb Mailing List 8 November 2009, archived. Includes Hyderabad Cemeteries.