Sri Lanka, Colombo District Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

Sri Lanka, Colombo District Nederlands Hervormde Kerk Records

What is in the Collection?

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.

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.

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
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Sri Lanka, Colombo District Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1677-1990.

Collection Content

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

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

Death records usually contain the following information:

  • Date of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Age at death
  • Officiating Minister

How Do I Search the Collection?

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

  • Name of parents
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Province
  • Approximate year of marriage
  • Name of deceased
  • Approximate year of death

Searching the Collection

To search by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Province" you are looking for
⇒Select the "District" you are looking for
⇒Select the “Record Type and Years" which takes you to the images

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Dutch, Tamil and English. For help with reading the records, see the following resources:

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • You may need to search for both their Indian name and their English name.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
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Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Sri Lanka, Colombo District Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1677-1990" Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Dutch Reformed Church, Wolvendaal Street.
Image Citation:
The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Sri Lanka, Colombo District Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1677-1990.