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I wrote to the Registrar General's Office in Colombo about six months ago enquiring as to how I could go about asking for a search in the Death Records for an ancestor who is believed to have died on board a ship just before it reached Colombo about 1920.
I got a response within two weeks with a form to fill in for a search, maybe I was just lucky?!!! I did enclose an IRC (International Reply Coupon) to cover return postage for the reply, maybe this helped me get a speedy response? Just in case either of the previous Listers used a different address, this is the one I used:
Registrar General's Office
I haven't actually gone ahead with my search request as the form says a 3 month search will be undertaken for the fee stated payable in local currency. I am trying to prove my ancestor's death would be definitely registered in Colombo and am in the process of trying to establish the name of the ship she was travelling on from Australia. I would be interested to know how anyone outside Sri Lanka has gone on if they have requested a search of any kind through the Registrar General's Office?
I hope this is of help to those who have waited a long time on a reply from Sri Lanka. I look forward to hearing from anyone who can answer my own query. Thanks
Hello. I am trying to get a certificate regarding my grandfather who was
born in Colombo in 1910. I have written to the registry office over
three months ago, but have not received a reply. Does anyone know how i
might be able to contact them directly (perhaps by e-mail). A friend
travelling to Sri Lanka last month - was also unsuccessful. I have also
written to the High Commissioner's office in Hyde Park - but have not
received a reply from them either. Can anyone suggest another way?
Thanks - John
Hi to all on the Sri Lanka List.
I'm helping a friend to try and trace the origins of his name and some of
His surname is MALLAWARATCHI and he has been told that it is MALLAWA which
means War and ARATCHI which means Lord. Can anybody clarify this?
Also the family name was changed around the time of the Portuguese
occupation of the country.
His fathers name was
MALLAWARATCHIGE DON RICHARD PERERA, can somebody tell us why the name was
change? was it because the Portuguese brought pressure to bare on those who
Also are you related in any way.