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Title in the Language of the Records
Sri Lanka, Colombo District Nederlands Hervormde Kerk Records
This collection contains records from 1677 to 1990.
The earliest records are handwritten in Dutch and are badly water damaged. From the 19th century on, the records are recorded in English. The later records (mid 19th century on) are on printed forms filled in by the record keeper. After the 20th century the records are on printed forms in English and Tamil.
This collection was created to record the baptisms, marriages, and burial information of the individuals who were members of the religious organization.
This collection includes the following records:
- Applications for Baptism
- Baptism Registers
- Baptisms and Marriages
- Communion Roll
- English Bible
- Inventory of Records
- Lapidarium Zeylanicum (Monumental Inscriptions)
- Local Consistory Correspondence
- Minute Books
- Psalm Book
- The Herald (Monthly Newsletter)
- Visitors Book
- Other Miscellaneous Records
The Dutch Reformed Church was established in Sri Lanka (then known as Celyon) in 1648. A church was established in the city of Colombo in 1652. This collection contains records from various Dutch Reformed churches in the area of Colombo and Sri Lanka.
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.
The baptism records usually contain the following information:
- Date and place of baptism
- By whom baptized
- Child's date of birth
- Name and gender of child
- Father's name and occupation
- Mother's maiden name
- Parents' residence
- Names of the Godparents
The marriage records usually contain the following information:
- Name, age and civil status of groom
- Profession and race of groom
- Residence of groom
- Name of groom's father and his profession
- Name, age and civil status of bride
- Profession and race of bride
- Residence of bride
- Name of bride's father and his profession
- Date and place where marriage was solemnized
- Names and residences of witnesses
The death records usually contain the following information:
- Date of death
- Name of deceased
- Age at death
- Officiating Minister
How to Use the Record
To search the birth records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of parents
- Approximate year of birth
To search the marriage records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of parents or bride or groom
- Approximate year of marriage
To search the death records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
- Name of deceased
- Approximate year of death
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- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record Collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "Sri Lanka, Colombo District Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1677-1990" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Dutch Reformed Church, Wolvendaal Street.
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