So, for some reason, I thought of William Wilberforce today, so I checked to see if he had been added to WikiTree yet. (He had, and thanks to those who have built out that family tree.)
But while I was searching for "Wilberforce" on Wikipedia1, I got a hit for Richard Orme Wilberforce. Wikipedia says, "Richard Wilberforce was a great-great-grandson of the famous abolitionist William Wilberforce, and son of Samuel, a judge of the Lahore High Court, India." Except Samuel's link is red, so there's no entry for him.
So, I spent most of the afternoon adding in the missing links between William and Richard, sourcing where I could. But there's a disturbing lack of data on FamilySearch2, so apparently FamilySearch hasn't got many (or any) sources in India. But Samuel sounds like he was a pretty important dude, too, so I'm thinking that he deserves documentation. (For that matter, Richard's Wikipedia entry is little more than a stub, so I couldn't put in all that much about him, and I couldn't find a thing on him at FamilySearch.)
So does anybody know a site for records from India?
- Yeah, I know, Wikipedia isn't a good source, but it's quick, and I can check the data I find there with more reliable sources, once I know what to search for. And, when I find that Wikipedia conflicts with the sources, I edit the Wikipedia entry to fix it.
- I'm not all that keen on FamilySearch, for that matter. I've seen a bunch of transcription errors there. But I refuse to join any of those pay sites that seem to exist mostly to empty amateur genealogists' wallets.