South Asians (primarily those from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh) typically do not have public records of births, marriages, and deaths available. Census records are not recorded in Pakistan or Bangladesh. India does take a census every ten years but then destroys the records (!) prior to taking the next census a decade later. In any case, census records have never been made available to the public. Family tree information often is handed down verbally from generation to generation, a haphazard process at best. A new web site hopes to change all that.
Daadi's co-creators, Saima Mir and Alex Street, report, "All of the family data on the site is submitted by our users as opposed to being from census data. If you're a second, third or fourth generation immigrant, the chances are you don't have census data to build a family tree."
You can read more in an article by Catrin Nye in the BBC's web site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19463497.
My thanks to Steve Jackson for telling me about this new online resource.
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