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Finding Ancestors born in Burma and India

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Deborah

Deborah Report 20 Sep 2013 09:45

Can anyone give me advice please on how I find out about family born in Burma and/or India. I haven't a clue how to even start, and your help would be appreciated.
Bless you
Debbie

Reggie

Reggie Report 20 Sep 2013 09:48

https://familysearch.org/

............or, if they were of British parentage, FMP has overseas BMD's

Lynne From Up North !!

Lynne From Up North !! Report 20 Sep 2013 09:55

Hi Deborah,

If you could post some names and dates, perhaps someone could take a look for you!

Lynne

Deborah

Deborah Report 20 Sep 2013 11:21

My family

Frederick WMC Lee 1857 Bombay , India
(appears on 1871 census with relatives in Somerset, then disappears)

William Lee 1861 Bombay, India
(appears on 1881 census then traceable from there)

Just checking to see if they were related.

Hubby's family

Gran Sybil Maude Ragh 1904
But she was born in Burma.
Married Cyril Joseph Cann 1897 - 1972. Born in Sheerness, but in Rangoon by 1911 census.
Cyril's dad was Edrick Joseph Cann 1871
mum was Alice Amelia Whiffen 1870

Cyril was already a widower when he married Sybil and ties with her family were then severed. He was part of the Burma Exodus, but wouldn't talk about the war at all. Any help with mititary records would help. Family moved to Bombay during the exodus and awaited him there. They all later returned to Portsmouth.

I've had a look at overseas BMD but can only find the names born in Greece.

Thanks for your help
Bless you
Debbie

Deborah

Deborah Report 20 Sep 2013 11:50

Cyril Joseph Cann married 1921 to Sybil and was in Army Transport & Supply.
His dad Edrick was a Lance Corporal in the Royal Engineers. Would this take him and the family to Burma?

Flip

Flip Report 20 Sep 2013 11:59

Are you sure of Edrick's birth year - there is this record, he enlisted 6/9/1892

Edrick Joseph Cann
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1862
Age at enlistment: 30
Birth Parish: Gillingham
Birth County: Kent
Document Year: 1892
Regimental Number: 26864
Regiment Name: Royal Engineers
Number of images: 22


I'll have a look through the images to see if there are any connections to your family

Deborah

Deborah Report 20 Sep 2013 12:07

We have a marraige cert for Edrick and Alice showing
8th June 1895 and his age as 23, which would make his year 1871/2
He was at Garrison Point Fort, Sheerness when he got married.
Hope this of some use.
Bless yo
Debbie

Flip

Flip Report 20 Sep 2013 12:08

It is the right military record. He was discharged in Rangoon 15/9/1915, but re-enlisted in Rangoon 7/12/1915 - finally discharged 28/3/1921 (in Rangoon).

It gives marriage to Alice Amelia 9/6/1895, with three children (first names difficult to make out, so I may have them wrong) all born Sheerness - 10/4/1896 Eris George, 18/10/1897 ? Joseph and 27/10/1899 Doris Hannah.

Flip

Flip Report 20 Sep 2013 12:25

It's the military record that has been mistranscribed by Ancestry - he was 20 not 30 when he enlisted.

There are quite a number of images (some duplicates), but it definitly places him in Burma and India - I guess the family went with him. One image gives his parents as Joseph & Hannah Cann, both deceased, but I can't find a date on that one.

I've got to pop out, but if you would like some of the images sending I can do that later.

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 20 Sep 2013 15:16

Name: Cyril Joseph Cann
Birth Date: 1898
Birthplace:
Age: 23
Spouse's Name: Sybil Maude Rajh
Spouse's Birth Date: 1904
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age: 17
Event Date: 14 Jan 1921
Event Place: Rangoon, Bengal, India
Father's Name: Edric Joseph Cann
Spouse's Father's Name: David Cornelius Rajh
Marital Status: Widowed
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M75050-7
System Origin: India-EASy
GS Film number: 527925

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 20 Sep 2013 15:17

Name: Cyril Joseph Cann
Birth Date: 1898
Birthplace:
Age: 21
Spouse's Name: Mabel Milliston Abraham
Spouse's Birth Date: 1900
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age: 19
Event Date: 04 Jun 1919
Event Place: Rangoon, Bengal, India
Father's Name: Edric Joseph Cann
Spouse's Father's Name: John Samuel Abraham
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M75049-5
System Origin: India-EASy
GS Film number: 527558

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 20 Sep 2013 15:17

Name: Alice Ursula Cann
Gender: Female
Burial Date: 29 Mar 1942
Burial Place: Lucknow, Bengal, India
Death Date: 28 Mar 1942
Death Place: Bengal, India
Age: 9
Birth Date: 1933
Father's Name: Cyril Joseph Cann
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B75062-7
System Origin: India-EASy
GS Film number: 532563

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 20 Sep 2013 15:18

Name: Cyril Joseph Cann
Birth Date: 1898
Birthplace:
Age: 23
Spouse's Name: Sybil Maude Rajh
Spouse's Birth Date: 1904
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age: 17
Event Date: 14 Jan 1921
Event Place: Rangoon, Bengal, India
Father's Name: Edric Joseph Cann
Spouse's Father's Name: David Cornelius Rajh
Marital Status: Widowed
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M75050-7
System Origin: India-EASy
GS Film number: 527925

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 20 Sep 2013 15:19

Name: Albert George Searls
Birth Date:
Birthplace:
Age:
Spouse's Name: Doris Hannah Cann
Spouse's Birth Date:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age:
Event Date: 17 Feb 1920
Event Place: Rangoon, Bengal, India
Father's Name: George Samuel Searls
Spouse's Father's Name: Edrick Joseph Cann
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M75049-8
System Origin: India-EASy
GS Film number: 463386

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 20 Sep 2013 15:20

Name: Cyril Joseph Cann
Birth Date: 1898
Birthplace:
Age: 21
Spouse's Name: Mabel Milliston Abraham
Spouse's Birth Date: 1900
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age: 19
Event Date: 04 Jun 1919
Event Place: Rangoon, Bengal, India
Father's Name: Edric Joseph Cann
Spouse's Father's Name: John Samuel Abraham
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M75049-5
System Origin: India-EASy
GS Film number: 527558

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 20 Sep 2013 15:22

just in case these r connected in some way

Joseph Farr Cann
India Deaths and Burials, 1719-1948
birth: 1888
death: 2 April 1915
burial: 3 April 1915 Lyallpur, Bengal, India

Joseph Cann
Father
India, Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947
spouse:Ellen
child:Susie Cann

Cyril Cann
India Deaths and Burials, 1719-1948
spouse:Alice Amelia Cann

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 20 Sep 2013 15:23

and this one

Name: Susan Cann
Gender: Female
Burial Date: 04 May 1926
Burial Place: Rawal Pindi, Bengal, India
Death Date: 04 May 1926
Death Place:
Age: 29
Birth Date: 1897
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: C. S. M. Cann
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B75054-5
System Origin: India-EASy
GS Film number: 527585

Flip

Flip Report 20 Sep 2013 15:37

Ann, what site are you using for these records please? Brilliant finds!

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 20 Sep 2013 15:42

www.familysearch.org - the Mormon LDS site

Flip

Flip Report 20 Sep 2013 15:46

Wow, I must be doing something wrong with my searches I didn't find any of this - even though I tried familysearch.org

Thanks Ann

Added: Just realised Rangoon was classed as India before it was Burma so I was looking for the wrong country! Oh why didn't I do history at school??