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British Colonization (1819-1942)[edit | edit source]
Early European influences on Singapore included the Portuguese and Dutch. However, no colonization appears to have been attempted in Singapore until the British. In 1819, the British established a free port in Singapore which caused for a rapid growth in its population. In 1824, the Treaty of Friendship and Alliance ceded Singapore and neighboring islands to the East India Company and a British governor was installed. Singapore was included in the Straits Settlements in 1826, became the capital in 1836, and a crown colony in 1865. During World War II, Singapore was surrendered to the Japanese in 1942. In 1945, Britain regained control of Singapore and it became a crown colony in 1946 when the Straits Settlement dissolved. Singapore gained independence from Great Britain in 1965 and became the Republic of Singapore.
|Record collection||Years covered||Record type||Language||Who is in the records|
|The Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC), 1384-1858||1826-1856||Wills||English||Until 1858, all wills had to be proved by the church and other courts. Most of the individuals in these records were relatively wealthy.|
|British Armed Forces and Overseas Births and Baptisms, Singapore at FindMyPast - index and images ($)||1838-2005||Births and Baptisms||English||Children born to those working within the armed forces, merchant navy, and consular forces, as well as, civilian ship passengers.|
|British Armed Forces and Overseas Banns and Marriages, Singapore at FindMyPast - index and images ($)||1881-1977||Banns and marriages||English||British armed forces members and civilians who were married abroad and at sea|
|British Armed Forces and Overseas Deaths and Burials, Singapore at FindMyPast - index and images ($)||1879-2005||Deaths and burials||English||Members of the British armed forces who died while serving their country overseas, British civilians who died while traveling or working overseas, and individuals (including seaman) who died at sea.|
|British Civil Service Evidence Of Age at FindMyPast - index ($)||1842-1934||Civil Service applications and paperwork||English||Individuals who worked for, or applied to join, the British Civil Service.|
|UK, Foreign and Overseas Registers of British Subjects, 1628-1969, Singapore at Ancestry - index ($)||1910-1961||Birth, baptism, marriage, death, and burial records||English||Records in this collection come from a variety of sources. Events include both British and non-British nationals|
|Indexes to wills, administrations, inventories and estates, 1618-1909 FS Film 2046673 Items 1-4||1877-1911||Probate||English||Index to treasury deposits, Bombay, 1822-1895 Index to estates advertised by administrators general, 1877-1911 Index to wills, administrations, inventories & accounts, Straits settlements (Prince of Wales's Island, Singapore & Malacca, etc.), 1728-1853 Index to wills, administrations, inventories & accounts, St. Helena, 1705-1836|
|British & Indian armies in the East Indies (1685-1935) FS Catalog 959 M2 ISBN 0902633953||1685-1935||Burial and military service||English||History of British and Indian armies in Sumatra, Java, Sarawak, Malaya and Singapore from 1685-1935. Includes names of officers and men buried in these areas. Also includes name lists of persons in some military units which served in these areas.|
References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia contributors, "History of Singapore," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Singapore, accessed 7 August 2019.
- Wikipedia contributors, "History of Modern Singapore," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Founding_of_modern_Singapore, accessed 7 August 2019.