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