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Civil RegistrationEdit

Research use: A primary source of vital information.

Record type: Births, marriages, deaths, for Europeans and Sri Lankans.

Time period: 1867 to present.

Contents: Births – names, date and place of birth, names of parents. Marriages – name of couple, their fathers' names, date and place of marriage, age of groom and bride and their birthplaces, names and residences of witnesses. Deaths – name of the deceased, date and place of death, age at time of death, marital status, cause of death, name of spouse.

Location: Registrar general and registration offices.

Population coverage: Approximately 40% in the early years, in later years the percentage estimated to be near 85%.

Reliability: Excellent.[1]


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Sri Lanka,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1990-2000.