Sources in India?

+10 votes

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 CourtIndia." 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?


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
WikiTree profile: Richard Wilberforce
in Genealogy Help by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (691k points)

2 Answers

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by Anonymous Anonymous G2G6 Mach 1 (16.9k points)
FindMyPast has some overseas births, deaths & marriage and some of the military pension records contain data from time served in India.
+2 votes

Hi Greg,   Ancestry is having a freebie this Easter Weekend re all their Commonwealth Records.   Found this re Samuel:-

Hon. Samuel Wilberforce (born 1874)

Cambridge Uni Alumni - Adm. at PEMBROKE, Oct. 1893. [4th] s. of Reginald G[arton], barrister, of Lavington House, Petworth, Sussex. B. Feb. 19, 1874, at Midhurst. School, Malvern College. Matric. Michs. 1893; B.A. 1896. Entered I.C.S. 1896; served in the Judicial Branch and acted as Judge of the High Court, Lahore, 1918. Puisne Judge of Lahore High Court, 1921-3; retired, 1923. Introduced the cooperative credit movement into the Punjab, 1904-9. Married, May 31, 1906, Katherine, 5th dau. of the Rt. Rev. John Sheepshanks, Bishop of Norwich, and had issue. Of Lavington, Walton-on-the-Hill, in 1952. Brother of Reginald W. (1887) and Francis R. (1890). (Malvern Coll. Reg.; I.C.S. Lists; Kelly, Handbook; Who's Who.)

Also :-

Name: Samuel Wilberforce
Birth Date: abt 1874
Age: 45
Port of Departure: Bombay, India
Arrival Date: 17 May 1919
Port of Arrival: London, England
Ports of Voyage: Plymouth
Ship Name: Malta
Search Ship Database: Search for the Malta in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
Shipping line: Peninsula and Orient Steam Navigation Company Ltd
by Maria Maxwell G2G6 Pilot (190k points)
edited by Maria Maxwell

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