Family history site launch national search to reunite precious memories with living family

Sydney, 10th February, 2014:, the leading family history website has launched a nation-wide search to find the descendants of an Irishman who died in India in 1897. The search has been launched following the discovery of a box containing the man’s photographs in a Queensland tip, which were passed to the expert hands of researchers.

Findmypast delved into their new 2.5 million British in India records to determine the man’s identity as Lionel Philip Tomlinson. Now they are calling on the Australian public to help locate Mr Tomlinson’s living descendants and reunite these important pieces of family heritage with them.

Records within the recently launched British in India online depository, spanning between 1698 and 1947, in partnership between and the British Library reveal the following about Lionel Tomlinson:

  • He was born in 1871 in Fermoy, Ireland to Edward D & Sophia Tomlinson
  • An 1881 census uncovers Lionel, then a nine year old, as a scholar on-board a Royal Navy Vessel
  • An 1891 census shows Lionel lived with his parents when he was 19 whilst he studied medicine
  • Lionel died at the age of 26 from enteric fever (typhoid) while in Belgaum, India serving as a Surgeon Lieutenant in the Army

Vicki Dawson, at is available for interview to discuss the why this search and preserving family memories is so important and how Australians can safeguard their own ancestry.

Anyone with information is urged to contact so these memories can be kept preserved. For further information visit