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Batras of Girote, Distt Shahpur, Punjab. (Now Pakistan)

Updated May 26, 2004

About Our Family Research

This family tree is of the Batras originating from Girote in the district of Shahpur in Punjab of Pre-Partition India.This area is now part of Pakistan. These records were meticulously hand recorded over the generations by the Pandas in Hardwar and Mutton One group of the Pandas would specialize in tracking a particular family's history and passed it along to their successors. These records were made through word of mouth information gathered during pligrimage visits by the members of the family to Hardwar and Mutton, particularly during visits to perform the last rites and immerse the ashes in the Ganges. During the winter months the Pandas would come down to the plains and visit "their" families and thus the records were kept updated. These hand recorded data from the Pandas amounted to information for an unbelievable 14 generations of Batras totalling over 400 male members over an estimated 600 years. It has now been collated and all efforts have been made to supplement it with present day information through contacts made by searching the phone books, newspaper articles, web sites, etc. The present day updates to the original "Batras of Girote" tree was initiated by Lt.Gen. Rajinder Nath Batra, Brig. Bisheshwar Nath Batra, and Col. Hargobind Lal Batra It was carried forward later through very extensive research and lots and lots of hard work over the last 20+ years by my cousin and co-author Commander Rameshwar Nath Batra of New Delhi, India. Ramesh added information relating to births, deaths, addresses. professions, etc for as many people he could make contacts over these years.

He and I are also collating a detailed version of one small portion of the original "Batras of Girote" tree. These are the descendants of our grandfather Rai Sahib Nihal Chand Batra and includes 5 generations. With the computational power available to us we are able to do what the Pandas could not, i.e. include dates of births, marriages, deaths, and addresses of all the male and female descendants.

This web page is an effort to distribute the results of our work to all those who are descendants from the original Batra settlers from the Girote area with the hope that we will all communicate and maintain a link with each other through updates, additions, and corrections about members of our immediate families.

I hope you will find this information useful and keep me informed of any changes and updates through either of the addresses shown below. I will endeavor to maintain the web page with the latest changes from all of you. We are collating addresses and points of contact of as many present day Batras as we can. Out of respect for everybody's privacy the list is maintained separate from this web page. It will be shared with relatives only upon request. Please contact the authors for more information.

Contact me at :
Narinder Batra, 1803 Queensborough Drive
Arlington. Texas. 76015. USA

Contact in India :
Cmdr. Rameshwar N. Batra, C-379 Defense Colony
New Delhi. India

Family Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later browser)
  • Tree - Nihal Chand Batra (Subset Batras of Girote) (53 KB)
    This is a subset tree accompanying the baseline "Batras of Girote" family tree. It depicts 5 generations of the descendants of our grandfather Rai Sahib Nihal Chand Batra of Girote, It shows more details with spouses and dates of birth/death, etc. See the detailed description under the title "About Our Family Research"
  • Batras of Girote, Distt. Shahpur, Punjab, Pakistan (199 KB)
    This family tree is the baseline family history of the Batras of Girote, District Shahpur in Punjab of Pre-Partition India. This area is now part of Pakistan. It is believed that all but a handful of Batras migrated to India during its partition in 1947. It is derived from hand written records kept by the Pandas over 14 generations. See the detailed description under the title "About Our Family Research"
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