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Title in the Language of the Records

Sri Lanka, Colombo District Nederlands Hervormde Kerk Records

Record Description

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:

  • Accounts
  • Applications for Baptism
  • Baptism Registers
  • Baptisms
  • Baptisms and Marriages
  • Communion Roll
  • Correspondence
  • Deaths
  • English Bible
  • Inventory of Records
  • Lapidarium Zeylanicum (Monumental Inscriptions)
  • Local Consistory Correspondence
  • Marriages
  • 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 Browse.

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.

Dutch Reformed Church in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka, Colombo District Dutch Reformed church records. Dutch Reformed Church, Wolvendaal Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

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 bride or groom
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Names of parents

To search the death records in this collection, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Estimated year of death and birth

Search the Collection

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Province" category
⇒Select the "District" category
⇒Select the "Record Type and Years" category which will take you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Known Issues with This Collection

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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Sri Lanka, Colombia District Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1677-1990."  digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 27 March 2012), citing Church Records > Western > Colombo, Applications for Baptisms 1830-1836, image 34 of 360 images, John William, 30 May 1834.


 

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