Further to the Almanac discussion the British Library lists 1814, 23,
30,33,37,41,44 and 49 as well as a full set from 1851 to1859 and 1861and 62.
There is also a Petersens Ceylon Almanac for 1870 and a Ceylon Almanac
and Directory for 1887 and 88 printed by J Samerimuttu in Jaffna.
The Oriental collection in the British Library has The Madras Almanac
for 1839,46,52 and 55, which has Ceylon as well as other British Asian
colonies listed too.
There is a list from Ian Poyntz on the British India web site that has
a world list of Directories etc for India.
There is no guarantee that all have Shipping lists and Domestic
occurances (BMD), but there are little gems like overseas addresses of
people who left Ceylon and returned to UK and other places, as well as
addresses of residents in Ceylon in some of them.
Some of the Almanacs that we looked at have the complete Civil Service,
Military, Medical, Church, Missionaries and Legal personel as well as
The only trouble is there is no index, so you have to trawl through the
book looking for names, and take everything in long hand, as they are
fragile and very tightly bound, and dont adapt to photo copying.
Again please note the these are only secondary records, compiled on a
printing press, by a government worker, so use as a guide only, and
follow up with primary sources if possible.
KOSAH..keep On Searching And Hoping. Coreen&Larry.