|About Sindhi heritage: families & stories
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Welcome. Family trees and stories, are a fun way of remembering our relatives - far and wide. We started our genealogical fact finding journey in 2003 - thanks to encouragement from our elders. En route, information technology has naturally played a great part in our research effort. The "List of Last Names" below, is a useful cross reference of families included at this site. Not surprisingly, the international and multicultural nature of Sindhi families becomes evident. In 2016, we translated Amilan-jo-Ahwal(A history of the Amils). Written in Sindhi in 1919, the book captures stories of Amil and Bhaibund families, who had to adapt to historical events spanning 250 years: under Muslim Kalhora (1700) and Talpur (1783) dynasties, followed by British Administration (1843). The migration of Hindu families (starting c. 1670), mainly from Multan-Punjab and Shikarpur into north Sindh Province, and the continual shift southwards towards Karachi, is described in the context of numerous villages and towns (including Khudabad, Larkana, Hyderabad, and Shikarpur) dotted along ancient trunk roads. Over time, these Hindu migrants, originally from Punjab and neighbouring parts of the subcontinent, became known as Sindhis. The book traces the roots of many such Sindhi families. By combining these roots with our own research, we present here an expanding number of Sindh-based family trees and their branches. Our material is continuously refreshed, often through valuable pre-Partition notes and stories, provided by Sindhis residing across the globe. We hope you enjoy examining this wonderful tapestry of Sindhi heritage. Your suggestions and contributions are most welcome. Guestbook entries made by you, will hopefully encourage others to participate, and thus create worthwhile records for future generations. Best Wishes! Ramesh Ramchandra Shamdasani (email) ========================================================= Sindhi naming conventions follow the general pattern below: #1:Male names - middle name is taken from father's first name. This helps trace lineage. #2:Unmarried female names - middle name is taken from father's first name; surname is taken from father's surname. #3:Married female names - middle name is taken husband's first name (if known). Surname retains father's surname, as this can help in ancestry searches. ========================================================= Male date of births where not available, are estimated using several factors: a)historical events of the day involving Kalhora dynasty (called Mians),Talpur dynasty (called Mirs) and British Administration b) assumption that males are of a healthy age, generally between 20 and 40 (depending on occupation e.g. swordsman, zamindar, Diwan, Munshi, sindhworker, student at college, etc); c) father and first son are generally separated by 18-20 years; d) brothers are separated by 1-2 years.