How to trace your roots in India through the National Archives
Today (9/6/21) at 5.30 p.m., the National Trust is teaming up with the National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago to host a FREE webinar for the public on how to trace their family roots in India through the eyes of the archives.
The presenters will be Mr. Shamshu Deen and Mrs Roma Wong Sang. Deen has been a researcher in genealogy at the National Archives since 1982 as well as for BBC, Australian and American TV documentaries. He is the former Chairman of the Nelson Island Restoration Committee and also the UNESCO Memory of the World Committee in Trinidad and Tobago.
Mrs Wong Sang is a Senior Archives and Records Officer at the National Archives with over 20 years of diverse and extensive experience in the private, public and international civil service sectors, including 13 years collective work experience with the International Labour Organization, Caribbean Office, and United Nation’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Caribbean Office.
This joint event is being hosted in recognition of International Archives Week and Indian Arrival Day (30/5/21). Please join the meeting via ZOOM
Meeting ID: 851 6215 6782
The National Archives has Indian Indentureship Records i.e General Registers which is a
comprehensive record of East Indian Indentured Immigrants. These are large bound volumes which cover specific chronological periods, for example, 1845-1857; 1881-1886.
Information is recorded according to the arrival of ships. Names of ships are boldly written at the top of each page. Pages are in numerical sequence with information in columns. These include the Ship number followed by the Registration number of the immigrants (in numerical order), and, thereafter, by name of immigrant, father’s name, age, sex, name of estate, name and date of arrival of ship and finally the Remarks column.
Information such as birth, death, illness, return to India, receipt of land, is recorded under Remarks. Registers of the late 1800s and 1900 contain additional information such as caste, native place, bodily marks, and date of exemption.