Sri Lanka, Colombo District Dutch Reformed Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Sri Lanka, Colombo District, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1677-1990
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|Record Type:||Church Records|
|Languages:||Dutch, Tamil, English|
|Title in the Language:||Sri Lanka, Colombo District Nederlands Hervormde Kerk Records|
|Dutch Reformed Church of Sri Lanka|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues
- 7 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The earliest records are handwritten in Dutch and have sustained heavy water damage. 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 with a church 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 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
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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]
These records are written in Dutch, Tamil, and English. For help reading these records please see :
- Netherlands Language and Languages
- Netherlands - Dutch Genealogical Resources on the Internet (National Institute)
- Dutch Genealogical Word List
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
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Coverage Table[edit | edit source]
As of 6 June 2018 this collection contained the following records. Please note that owing to privacy laws not all records in the database may be searchable.
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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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Record Finder[edit | edit source]
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Known Issues[edit | edit source]
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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