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Happy 2nd Birthday

Today ‘My Pakistani Ancestry’ blog is officially 2 yrs old.

I started this blog in the hope it would attract other Pakistanis to the world of genealogy and as such I have tried to produce content that tailors to the Pakistani and that links with family history. In the last year I have posted about private family graveyards, message boards, family group sheets and much much more. I’ve now decided to re-start my Urdu posts which I hope will be interesting for readers.

Last year I had mentioned I was in search for another Pakistani genealogy blogger (or geneablogger). I did manage to come across a Pakistani genealogy blogger but as yet have not been able to contact him. Click here, if you would like to visit his blog.

As always I’m on the lookout for more readers and responses.

Lastly, thanks for reading 🙂

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I’m back!

Apologies for my being absent for so long but I’ve been to the Land of the Pure: Pakistan. My visit lasted 5 weeks which was spent with relatives, reimmersing myself into Pakistani culture and food. As usual the constant stream of guests to my home consisted of many close and distant relatives that I had not seen for years. Some guests were unknown to me so I was repeatedly asking ‘who is that? and how are they related to me?’ I had to stop myself from asking them 20 questions about themselves.

The weather was a happy change from miserable British weather even though it took some getting used to. I managed to stay alive in the first week by constantly using a fan and drinking lots of water. And yes, there were some ill effects of eating food from vendors which I would like to forget about (think sleepless nights and constant throwing up).

If you’re wondering how much genealogy work I managed to do, then I can tell you it’s probably 10% of what I had hoped. Most of my time was spent making family history rather than recording it. I do regret that I could have done more but I don’t regret the happy moments that I made with my family.

I’ll be posting pics in the following days so please do, pop back to take a look 🙂

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Happy Mothers Day – Pakistan style

Pakistan celebrates Mothers Day on 10th May each year and so I’d like to dedicate this delicious plate of kheer to my Mom:


It’s one of my fav dishes she makes 🙂 Yes, my mom is amazing..

Photo: Google Images

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How many Pakistanis live in the UK?

If you wanted to know how many Pakistanis live in the UK, what would you do? Go around counting all the Pakistanis you could see? Well, now there’s no need as I’ve found some interesting facts on telegraph.co.uk:

  • There are more than one million people in the UK of Pakistani ancestry.
  • It is the second largest overseas Pakistani population after Saudi Arabia
  • The West Midlands is home to 172,000 people of Pakistani ancestry, more than any other British region.
  • There are an estimated 163,000 in London, 163,000 in the Yorkshire area and 133,000 in the North West of England.
  • At least 3.7 per cent of children born in England and Wales in 2005 had two Pakistani parents.
  • It is estimated that by 2031 there will be at least 2.63 million people of Pakistani ancestry in the UK.
  • The most diverse Pakistani population is in London and is made up of Punjabis, Pathans, Urdu Speakers, Mirpuris and Sindhis.
  • The largest presence in the capital is in the East London areas of Ilford, Walthamstow, Leyton, Barking and Newham.
  • A significant number of Pakistanis have set up their own businesses, often employing family members.
  • Well-known British Pakistanis include Anwar Pervez, whose Bestway group has a turnover of £2 billion.
  • Birmingham has one of the largest Pakistani ex-patriate communities in the world.
  • There are at least 110,000 Pakistanis there, amounting to 11 per cent of the city’s population.
  • Bradford is home to an estimated 77,000 Pakistanis making up 15.6 per cent of the city’s population.
  • More than 90 per cent of Pakistanis in the UK are Muslims, mainly Sunni.

Reading these facts made me smile. It seems there are quite a lot of us!

Hmm, now to get those millions of Pakistanis to become family historians and trace their roots…

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Happy Birthday anyone?

My Pakistani Ancestry blog is officially 1 yrs old as of yesterday. Yay!

I started this blog in the hope it would attract other Pakistanis to the world of genealogy and as such I have tried to produce content that tailors to the Pakistani and that links with family history. I posted about the census, social networking, Mughals and then I became slightly serious with memorial posts for Pakistani soldiers who had lost their lives. I’m still figuring out what to do with the Urdu posts as I feel they are not very effective but I’m open to suggestions.

I am still in search for another Pakistani genealogy blogger (or geneablogger), let’s hope this year I find not only him/her but more avid readers who like to comment. (hint hint!)

Lastly, thanks for reading 🙂

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