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Are you a Mughal?

As I was browsing the internet, I came across an article that was published back in April in the Telegraph, about a trust being opened to bring back the remains of the last Mughal Emperor and for his descendants to be traced.

Dean Nelson writes:

‘Calls for Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar’s body to be returned to India and to be buried along with those of his royal ancestors have steadily grown since 2007’s 150th anniversary of the Indian mutiny – when “sepoys” in British army regiments massacred their officers.

The rebellion was eventually put down with great brutality in a series of bloody battles and Bahadur Shah Zafar was sent into exile in Rangoon, Burma, where he died.

Although he has been described as the “Last Mughal”, there have been numerous claims from alleged descendants that Zafar’s lineage continues to this day. Now a powerful trust, including influential Muslim academics, businessmen and one of India’s leading Urdu poets have joined forces to establish how many Mughals remain, and seek the return of the last emperor.

Professor Aslam Pervez, an historian of Zafar’s reign and a founding member of the Mughal Trust, last night told The Daily Telegraph its main aim was not simply to reunite the remaining Mughal royals, but to bring back the last Mughal to Delhi.

“There is a move that we should bring back his last remains from Rangoon and make a grave for him here in Delhi, at Mehrauli, where his father and grandfather are buried.

“There are so many people who claim to be descended. The Mughals were scattered, many ran away from Delhi, to Hyderabad, after the mutiny and no-one knows who went where,” he said.

Many are believed to have fled to Calcutta, where 70 descendants have been traced by the trust, and Aurangabad where a further 200 are believed to live. Others are believed to be living in Pakistan and Burma.’

I think it’s a great idea but I’m unsure about the reasons of wanting to do this. Is it for historical purposes or just to find out who his descendants are so we can help them out? The article doesn’t mention how the findings will be published so I’m not sure whether the public will be able to see this famous family tree. I imagine it’s gonna be a difficult task of tracing descendants, perhaps they will be using new technology such as DNA.

Now I’m not claiming to be a desecendant here but my Dad is always telling us we are Meer Mughals so how does that fit in with this? I don’t know but it’s all very interesting.

What do you think about this? Do you have rumours of Mughal ancestry in your family?

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Family Tree Website

So you have the makings of a family tree with you, your parents and grandparents and it’s all on pieces of paper but you’re looking to share it with others and present it an easy format. Now all you need is somewhere to display it which brings me to a great website thats FREE: www.tribalpages.com . You can build your tree with ease and update it with photos, dates, events and use features that allow you to make reports and charts.

To start a family tree, click ‘Register’ and you will be taken to a page where you will need to fill in details such as your name, country and email address as well as a website ID that will become part of your website address. Choose the ID carefully as you will not be able to change this later! Click ‘Signup now’ and you should be on your way.

You can limit who can view your website by changing the settings on ‘privacy’ so that guests may only see certain information.

I created my family tree 3 years ago and have been happy with the site, however the site is pretty basic with less features than say Ancestry.com. In the following posts I’ll be telling you about other popular websites where you can not only display family trees but also share information with other researchers.

Have you got a family tree that you want to share with others? Can you suggest a better website than Tribalpages? Please leave a comment.

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A 100 years ago

These are my ancestors that were alive in 1909..

Paternal side of the family:
My 3rd great grandad (age abt 39), my 2nd great grandad (age abt 19),
my great grandad (age abt 1)

Maternal side:
My great grandad (age abt 4)

P.S. These are only rough calculations.

Which of your ancestors were alive in 1909? Try finding out their age, who was in the family and where they lived.

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Inspired..

What event or person inspired you to start your genealogy research?

For me it was my Dad and Uncle. Both began the first attempts to create a family tree of our ancestors and of relatives that were living presently in Pakistan and England. I began thinking about the branches of our family tree that were hardly mentioned. This fascination of the past led me to my interest in history that wasnt written in history books but had shaped my life and who I was. This was a personal history that linked me with many people.

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