From an India Office Records file relating to the repatriation of Austrians and Germans during WWI, Oct 1915-Nov 1915 (See the Untold Lives blog for more details).
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Baptisms, marriages and burials can be searched in Find My Past’s British in India Collection and by visiting our reading room. Alternatively, our reference team can conduct a search. The India Office Records Ecclesiastical Returns (copy registers of births/baptisms, marriages and burials of European and Eurasian Christians in India, Burma and territories controlled from India) are not complete. We estimate that 20-30% of the returns are missing so it is possible that a search will not be successful. Certified copies, i.e. an official copy with the seal of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, can also be provided. The fees for Ecclesiastical Searches and Certificates are as follows:
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- £30 per search for enquirers of non-EU countries
- £18 per certified copy
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