India, Bihar, Koilukh, Pandit Kirtinand Jha, Maithil Brahmin Genealogical Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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India, Bihar, Koilukh, Pandit Kirtinand Jha, Maithil Brahmin Genealogical Records, 1750-1990
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Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh & West Bengal, India
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Record Description
Record Type Genealogical
Collection years 1750-1990
Languages Hindi
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Pandit Kirtinand Jha in Koilukh, Bihar, India

What is in This Collection?

These records span from 1750-1990. Maithil Brahmins is a Hindu Brahmin community from the Mithila region in India, residing mainly in Bihar and the neighboring states of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal. They are noted for panjis, the extensive genealogical records maintained for the last twenty-four generations. Panjis were traditionally written on palm leaves measuring 16 x 3 and threaded by a central perforation. Some were also written on old indigenously made paper called ‘basaha. In the modern age they are increasingly written on paper. Panjikars (genealogists) are expected to diligently copy and memorize the old records.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Person’s Name
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Person’s Gender
  • Person’s Age
  • Parents’ Names and Other Family Relationships
  • Residence
  • Date and Place of Marriage
  • Date and Place of Death
  • Age at time of Death
  • Cause of Death

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  • Approximate date of the the event
  • Family relationships

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

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  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each spouse to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual

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  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list search results

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"India, Bihar, Koilukh, Pandit Kirtinand Jha, Maithil Brahmin Genealogical Records, 1750-1990." Images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Citing Pandit Kirtinand Jha, Koilukh, Bihar.
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