Since the C17th Britain has sent nearly 1.8million people to India.
- Most were there because they had jobs to go to. The East India Company, founded in 1600, needed military personnel, civil servants, engineers and domestic staff.
- As the Company expanded so did the opportunities.
- Those employed in India were usually temporary migrants and the records of their coming and going can sometimes be tracked via census returns or later passenger lists.
- If they were in the military then their records can be traced using the Indian Army lists.
- Civil servants records can also be searched as can the records of, for example railway companies.