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Includes southern Borneo. (For the former British North Borneo, see Malaysia).

Indonesia was formerly known as the Dutch East Indies, and was generally under Dutch control.

However the East India Company had some involvement as Bencoolen on the southside of the island of Sumatra, was occupied by the East India Company from 1685 to 1825, when it was exchanged with the Dutch for Malacca which was more strategically useful.

In 1811, the island of Java was captured by the Madras Army of the East india Company, see Java Expedition and Sir Stamford Raffles was appointed as the island's Governor. In 1814, Java was returned to the Dutch under the terms of the Treaty of Paris, but the British retained at least some control until 1816.

Also see

FIBIS resources


  • See General Register Office (UK) for general sources which may be relevant.
  • See Dutch for sources or aids which may be relevant.
  • See Bencoolen.
  • Bogor, Indonesia : the cemetery in the Botanical Gardens by Justin Corfield 1999 36 p. Available at the British Library UIN: BLL01009894001 and also Mss Eur F370. Distributed by BACSA
Pangkalpinang : a guide to cemeteries : Bangka Island, South Sumatra by Justin Corfield 1999. 48 p. Available at the British Library UIN: BLL01009894005, and also Mss Eur F370. 48p. Distributed by BACSA
  • BACSA publication Java: British and Empire Graves (1743-1975) by Justin Corfield, 1999. MIs including World War II.
188pp, 70 illustrations and plans Available at the British Library UIN: BLL01008880088 and also Mss Eur F370.
For details including purchase, see BACSA- See also.
BACSA have put indexes to the majority of their cemetery books online and these indexes are free to search and browse, see the BACSA Fibiwiki page. If an indexed name is of interest then application can be made to BACSA for details of the relevant burial inscription - charges apply for this service.
Justin Corfield’s book incorporates some of, perhaps the English language burial entries of, three of the four volumes of the book by P.C. Bloys van Treslong Prins, Genealogische en heraldische gedenkwaardigheden betreffende Europeanen op Java, [Genealogical and heraldic memorabilia relating to Europeans in Java] published 1934-1939, but not Volume 4, published in Batavia in 1939 and not widely available due to WW2. Volume 4 appears to be available at the British Library, UIN: BLL01002992238 (note the BL appears to be missing Volume 3), and Volume 4 'was also included, together with the first three volumes, in the USB stick mentioned below from IGV (Dutch language), but none of the volumes seem to be included with the listing current 7 February 2023. Note that the FamilySearch catalogue, see following, states that the information has been "transcribed from gravestones", but it appears additional sources have been included.
  • The FamilySearch catalogue of microfilms/digitised microfilms includes the following
    • "Genealogische en heraldische gedenkwaardigheden betreffende Europeanen op Java" (stated to be "Genealogical and heraldic information transcribed from gravestones in European cemeteries in Java") catalogue entry Volumes 1-3 of the book by P. C. Bloys van Treslong Prins, mentioned above. Note these have been digitised and are currently (2021/04/06) available to view on your home computer, but you must be signed in to FamilySearch. The three volumes are the first three items on the film. Mainly Dutch language, although if the cemetery inscriptions were originally in English, the transcriptions also are in English. Each volume contains an index of names which appears at the beginning of each filmed volume (although from the page numbering probably comes from the back of the book). Volume 1 1934. Volume 2 (1936) commences image no. 258, and Volume 3 (1938) commences image 516, ending image 773. There are generally two printed pages per image. The FamilySearch microfilm does not include Volume 4 (1939) which is however available at the British Library, or was available on a USB stick to buy from IGV, but may not be included now, see below. The impression (subject to language difficulties) is that each additional volume contains new information which has become available since the previous edition.
    • "Extracts from St. Andrew's Outlook, quarterly messenger of the Presbyterian Churches in Malaya, Sumatra, Burma and Siam : marriages and deaths, March 1914 - July 1951" catalogue entry film 87992.
    • Search the Family Search Catalog for the country Indonesia. Most of the English records originate from either The National Archives at Kew, or the India Office Records at the British Library and are available elsewhere online, see General Register Office (UK) and Findmypast. The Dutch records include
Registers van de Burgerlijke Administratie, 1772-1806 Civil marriages and deaths of Batavia (now Jakarta), Indonesia
Kerkelijke registers, 1808-1828 Roman Catholic parish registers of Batavia (now Jakarta), Indonesia.
Kerkelijke registers, 1746-1855 Lutheran Church registers of Batavia (now Jakarta), Indonesia.
Registers van de Burgerlijke Stand en kerkelijke registers, 1794-1889 Civil registration and church records of births, marriages and deaths of Batavia (now Jakarta), Indonesia
Kerkelijke registers, 1616-1890 Dutch Reformed parish registers of the various congregations in Batavia (now Jakarta), Indonesia.
Uittreksels van geboorten, huwelijken, overlijden, 1817-1923 : verzameling van gegevens van de Burgerlijke Stand, gepubliceerd in de Regerings Almanak van Nederlands-Indië Births, marriages, and deaths of the civil registration of East Indies (Indonesia) as recorded in the Official Government Almanac. Text in Dutch. Records from Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie (Nederland)
Catatan sipil, Jakarta, Indonesia, 1829-1945 Births, marriages, deaths and recognitions of illegitimate children for Jakarta (formerly Batavia), Indonesia. From records at the Civil Registry Office, Jakarta.
Most of the above records are available to view at FamilySearch Centres and FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries, see the Fibiwiki page FamilySearch Centres for information about microfilms and digitized microfilms.
Indische testamenten, 1700-1800 Wills of the Netherlands East-Indies. Available on home computers provided you are signed in to FamilySearch.
There are also some records for Indonesia in the "World Miscellaneous" records on FamilySearch. The source of these records is unknown. Search FamilySearch for the three collections for births, marriages and deaths.
  • For online editions of the publication The Directory & Chronicle for China, Japan, Corea, Indo-China, Straits Settlements, Malay States, Siam, Netherlands India, Borneo, the Philippines, &c, and similar publications, which may contain birth, marriage and death notices, see the Fibiwiki page China.
  • The London and China Express, published in London, with target readership those outside the Indian Empire, including Java, is available on Findmypast, category "Newspapers & periodicals"/"British newspapers", with the same contents also available on the British Newspaper Archive, both pay websites. The date range is from November 25, 1858 to July 2, 1931. For more details see Newspapers and journals online.
  • British & Indian Armies in the East Indies (1685-1935) by Alan Harfield 1984 is available at the British Library, UIN: BLL01012321679 and UIN: BLL01012672115 . History of British and Indian Armies in Sumatra, Java, Sarawak, Malaya and Singapore from 1685-1935. Includes names of officers and men buried in these areas. Also includes name lists of persons in some military units which served in these areas.
  • For webpages which follow which are not available in English, you can obtain a computer produced translation of the webpage using Google Translate, (by entering the URL of the webpage, or copying and pasting text), or your browser (such as Chrome) may have an automatic facility.
  • Indische Genealogische Vereniging IGV or Dutch Indies Genealogical Association. Members have exclusive access to the Indisch Archief , a professional database with more than 2 million records with data that are not all publicly accessible. IGV also sells publications, including a USB stick of records from multiple sources. All four volumes of the book by Bloys van Treslong Prins, refer above, were previously included, but appear to have been deleted from the listing dated 7 February 2023. Please clarify with IGV if this is relevant for you. Note both the USB stick and the webpage describing the USB stick, are in Dutch. If the webpage does not display the contents of the USB stick, click on Beschrijving.
Previously the content of the USB stick just described was available on two separate USB sticks which could be bought separately, but this option no longer seems to applies. Note that there is a 50% discount for IGV members, so it would be cheaper to become a digital IGV member if you want to purchase the USB stick.
IGV Guide:
"Voorlopige zoekwijzer ten behoeve van genealogisch onderzoek naar Europeanen (Nederlanders) in Nederlandsch-Indië (Zuid- en Zuid-Oost-Azië)" (versie: april 2018)]
Google Translate English title "Provisional search guide for genealogical research to Europeans (Dutch) in the Dutch East Indies (South and South East Asia)" (version: April 2018). To obtain a translation of the contents copy and paste the the URL in Google Translate, alternatively copy and paste the text.
The "Provisional search guide" refers to a published guide in the Dutch language Asal Oesoel, published by Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie en Familiegeschiedenis [CBG] [Central Bureau for Genealogy and Family History], available through the IGV online shop, with a 50% discount for IGV members.
  • Search online newspapers and books on the free Dutch language website Delpher, developed by the KB (National Library), "Ruim 130 miljoen pagina's uit Nederlandse kranten, boeken en tijdschriften" ["More than 130 million pages from Dutch newspapers, books and magazines"]. Wat zit er in Delpher? (Dutch language) advises there are newspapers from Nederlands-Indië, with a link to Krantenoverzicht which then links to a pdf, List of newspapers (Dutch language). The following titles were noted (but there may be others) with first and last dates, but no details of the extent of the holding:
Het nieuws van den dag voor Nederlandsch-Indië 2-7-1900 to 22-12-1957
Java government gazette 29-2-1812 to 10-8-1816. In English and Dutch. (The British were in control during this period.)
Java-bode : nieuws, handels- en advertentieblad voor Nederlandsch-Indie 5-1-1853 to 30-11-1957
Javasche courant 3-1-1828 to 29-12-1847
Nederlandsch-Indisch handelsblad 16-12-1828 to 18-6-1833.
  • The National Archives of Singapore has in its collection, viewable in Singapore, a microfilm of records from "Church of England, Diocese of Singapore" catalogued as "Marriage Register (Marriages Solemnized in Java) from 05.07.1911 to 14.11.1946 and Baptism/ Confirmation Register from 21.04.1912 - 09.12.1917" Microfilm Number: NA 2349, catalogue entry. Within this catalogue entry, click on the source "Church of England, Diocese of Singapore" for more catalogue entries for Java BMD records from the same source, mainly from the 1930s, including some specified Sourabaya/Sourbaya.

External links

  • All Saints Anglican Church, Jakarta, Indonesia. The present church building opened in 1831. The church became the Java Chaplaincy of the Diocese of Singapore in 1910, which covered a vast area.
Indonesia is currently one of the Deaneries of the Anglican Diocese of Singapore.
"British trade to Southeast Asia in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries revisited" by Dianne Lewis. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 11, 1 (June 2009): 49-59
"Raffles and the British Invasion of Java" "Footnotes and Sidelights from the Story of the British Interregnum in Java". The British, (being the East India Company in India) ruled Java to 1816.
"A Highlanders' Grave at Probolinggo East Java" by E. Edwards McKinnon. Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research Volume 74, Spring 1996 pp. 52-56. Officers of the 78th Highlanders were killed in May 1813 trying to enforce a new 'land distribution scheme' with which many of the locals did not agree. Read online for free on the website, subject to registration with, and restrictions apply. For more details about Jstor, and the restrictions, see the page Miscellaneous tips. Alternatively you may be able to log in with a Library card.
See Historical books online, below.
  • The website Malayan Volunteers Group includes a category Sumatra. Mainly 1930s and WW2 period.


Note: this map contains insets including A plan of the city of Batavia (bottom corner, towards the left) and A plan of the city of Bantam (top left hand corner) both of which can be enlarged considerably.

Historical books online

Alexander Dalrymple’s Treaties with Sulu in Malay and Tausug 05 June 2014 British Library Asian and African studies blog.
1850 edition National Library of Australia, states translator is W H Medhurst.
Images from the book New York Public Library Digital Collection.
"Treasures from the London Library", now an archived webpage. Article about one particular copy of the book. The author was a tobacco planter.
Come to Java: Information for Travellers, with two maps. Trips in the isle of Java… Official Tourist Bureau 1920. South East Asia Visions, Cornell University.
Volume 3 of the series: The invasion of the Dutch East Indies edited and translated by Willem Remmelink 2015. The campaign to gain control over the Indonesian archipelago. Open Access mirror version.
Volume 26 of the series: The Operations of the Navy in the Dutch East Indies and the Bay of Bengal edited and translated by Willem Remmelink 2018. Describes the Japanese Navy’s role in the campaign to gain control over the Indonesian archipelago. It includes the first complete Japanese analysis of the Battle of the Java Sea, a much-debated battle that ended disastrously for the Allies and opened the way to Java for the Japanese. Open Access mirror version.
Volume 34 of the series: The Invasion of the South: Army Air Force Operations, and the Invasion of Northern and Central Sumatra edited and translated by Willem Remmelink 2021. Open Access mirror version.
  • Full title ‪The General Biographical Dictionary: Containing an Historical and Critical Account of the Lives and Writings of the Most Eminent Persons in Every Nation‬: ‪Particulary the British and Irish; from the Earliest Accounts to the Present Time‬, Volume 11