Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part V

It’s already been 3 months since the last time out to reflect on progress.

It is easy to lose track of information and begin getting confused by it all, so this is another quick summary of:

(1) Where is the #Angloindianproject up to?

and

(2) What next for the #Angloindianproject?

This summary will focus on progress since the last review posted on 19 December 2015.

(1) Where is the #Angloindianproject up to?

Since the last review, twenty four blog posts have been published on a range of topics:

(i) Cuisine (4): Pork Vindaloo, Black Daal, Why is the UK in a curry crisis?, and Anglo-Indian Easter treats.

(ii) People (7): A major focus on the children of James and Martha Hassett: Bertha Geraldine, Muriel Isabel, Percival William, Leonard, Hubert Earle, Henrietta Marie, some family notes on mother’s day.

(iii) Travel (2): Plans for the 2016 India trip, travelling to Bombay,

(v) Context (7): An Anglo-Indian Christmas, tracks of empire, teatime at Peggy’s, learning Hindi, Prince William’s Anglo-Indian heritage, a review of Shantaram and ayahs using opium to calm crying babies.

(vi) Project outputs (5): About the Anglo-Indian Project, a ‘quick-facts’ post, a couple of messages wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and the milestone post-100

That is where the Anglo Indian Project is right now.

(2) What next for the Anglo Indian Project?

The information presented so far is still only a tiny piece of the overall information gathered to date. At the time of writing over 100 (and counting) draft blog posts sit in the #Angloindianproject, waiting to be finalised and posted. A few snap shots of future posts:

1. Insights into the offspring of the Whartons, Pereiras and Smiths – including new people and exploration – still searching for additional Hassetts

2. Stanley Wheeler – more context on his life

3. Clifford Melville Carr Smith – an overview of the records collected so far

4. Leonard Havelock Hassett – insights from his life

——

Still not covered in detail is the process of gathering ancestry information. A few highlights of things to come:

1. More information on gathering information on family history

2. Overcoming (apparent) obstacles and brick walls in finding information

3. How to manage large amounts of data

4. Reviews of useful books and organisations

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There are also many contextual areas of interest. To name a few:

1. Spies and intelligence gathering in British India

2. More detail about the East India Company

3. More Anglo-Indian cuisine

4. History of Bombay

5. Crime and Justice in British India

6. Gandhi’s influence on the Anglo-Indian community

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Not forgetting the unanswered questions from the family research so far. Again, just a few:

1. How far back do the Hassett’s go? (I will break through generation 8!)

2. Who was the first full Indian citizen in the family? (or at least the earliest I can find)

3. How many family members are there in total? (As I start to explore the extended family, the volume of people is incredible)

4. What can we learn from our ancestors? (very important – aside from just retaining family information and records for posterity – the information can be used to learn about ourselves and the contemporary world we live in)

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Moving further forward, a few plans:

1. Still mining data and searching for additional names and information

2. Continuing to build the ‘family map’ – where ancestors lived, worked, settled, were buried, and a few other notable locations

3. A trip to India in September 2016 is booked, using the ‘family map’ as a guide, which will hopefully provide further information, but at least it will provide some visuals to accompany the records and the write-ups

That’s just a snap shot, there’s plenty more planned

Hopefully this summary is a useful point to pause and reflect (it certainly is for me!)

Links to previous summaries:

Anglo-Indianproject Review: Part I

Anglo-Indianproject Review: Part II

Anglo-Indianproject Review: Part III

Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part IV

Cover picture credit: Dr Laura Bui

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Interact with the Anglo Indian Project:

Twitter: @angloindianproj or search #Angloindianproject

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