I am new at this genealogy and need some help and guidance from you professionals.My
grandmother was English and was born in Sri Lanka.
Her 1955 obituary in the village newspaper (Curdridge/Botley near Southampton, Hampshire)
read as follows:
' Mrs. Jessie Annie Lawes, whose association with the village began over half a
century ago, died on her birthday (Oct 15th) at the home of her daughter "The Glen,
Wembley, Middlesex" . she was 79 (in 1955 ?).
The youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. .J. Kerr, she was born at Point de Gaulle, Ceylon in
1875 or 1876 and was married at St. Luke's Church, Southampton on Nov 30th, 1891, to
the late John Lawes.'
The story in the family is that J Kerr was a pearl diver.
My questions are:
1.. How can I get a birth certificate from Sri lanka? there must be a central registry
2.. Where is Pointe de Gaulle? It does not show up on any map that I have seen.
3.. My kids and I are trying to figure out why someone would go to Pointe de Gaulle to
pearl dive. Any opinions would be appreciated.