Many British people had relatives who served in India during the time of the fabled British Raj. It's a specialist family history area that was well covered in the May 2007 issue of the UK Ancestors Magazine. Now you can browse the full issue for free online through www.ancestorsmagazine.co.uk.
Also online is a booklet that was included in that issue on reading old handwriting. One of the items on my to do list is to transcribe an 1830s will. It's been on the list for a while as I've been stymied by the writing, so I've added reading the booklet to the to do list as well.