Fibis Conference Families In British India Society

Jan Leeming

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Jan's Blog

Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

FIBIS CONFERENCE - Families in British India Society

Date: 16th October 2018

My father was born and brought up in India and came to the UK just before Partition.  He was 13 when his mother died and as he said 'At thirteen I wasn't interested in family history' but he did tell me the family went back to the time of Clive of India around 1750 and, as far as he knew, he was the first of the immediate family to return to the UK.  Sadly his Father's second wife also died and her adult children took our family bible - heaven knows why as it was of no use to them but there you are - a whole heap of our traceable history lost (unless Mrs. Kelly's offspring still have it and would like to return it to us ??- I'd pay to have the book returned as the history it contains would be priceless to our family.)

I've no idea whether the Atkins went out with the military or to work for the East India Company and I've only got the marriage certificates of my Grandfather and Great Grandfather - so not a lot to go on!

I only wish my father and I had known about FIBIS before he died 4 years ago - he would have been so interested in trying to trace his history.

So I was delighted when asked to give the after dinner Talk at the Oxford Conference a few weeks ago.  I opted to go for the whole weekend and what a treat was in store.  We had so many interesting talks from how to trace your ancestry through DNA; behind the scenes of #WhoDoYouThinkYouAre; the formation of the renowknowned Gurkhas; the trek out of Burma and into India during WW1 after the Japanese Invasion and a whole lot more.  We were spoiled for choice.  

I was a trifle nervous after all the experts and was hoping my talk would amuse and be interesting. Until shortly beforehand,  I wasn't aware that it would be recorded and used on the FIBIS Website.  I didn't mind but wish I'd not worn those distracting earrings and had, maybe, structured it differently.  However the audience seemed to enjoy it and I've been sent a link so that, if you've 50 minutes to spare you can watch it too.   

I hope you are able to copy and paste the link as it's not come up in active blue - you can see how untechnical I am.

Really hope you'll enjoy it and if any of you are interested in India or are related to anyone who was British born in India you might like to join FIBIS - it's not expensive and opens up a world of opportunity to discover more about your family background.

Bye for now,  Jan

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