Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

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ST PAUL’S CHURCH KANDY SRI LANKA CD Burials Part 3 1875-1949

Burials Part 3 1875-1949.
A collection of approx 1975 burials in both index and chronological order of the military and their families from Kandy Garrison and other foreigners who lived in Kandy. There are also many Burgher, Sinhalese and Tamil names found in the registers.
Author Eileen Hewson FRGS
Publisher The Kabristan Archives Pub date 2014
Pages 530
ISBN 9781906276591
CD Format
Price £10.00 + postage & packaging

 


ST PAUL’S CHURCH KANDY SRI LANKA CD Marriages Part 4 1867-1950

Marriages Part 4 1877-1950.
A collection of 834 marriages in both index and chronological order of the soldiers and other military personnel who were stationed in Kandy during World War II and other foreigners who lived in Kandy. There are also many Burgher, Sinhalese and Tamil names found in the registers.
Author Eileen Hewson FRGS
Publisher The Kabristan Archives Pub date 2014
Pages 581
ISBN 9781906276607
CD Format
Price £10.00 + postage & packaging

 


ST PAUL’S CHURCH KANDY SRI LANKA CD Baptisms Part 5 1867-1950

Baptisms Part 5 1867-1950.
A collection of approx 2980 baptisms and 2171 marriages in both index and chronological order of the military and their families from Kandy Garrison and other foreigners who lived in Kandy. There are also many Burgher, Sinhalese and Tamil names found in the registers.
Author Eileen Hewson FRGS
Publisher The Kabristan Archives Pub date 2014
Pages 1405
ISBN 9781906276614
CD Format
Price £10.00 + postage & packaging

 


ST JAMES’ CHURCH NALLUR JAFFNA Marriages 1842-1892 Burials 1847-1904 E book PDF format

This e book is a collection of 255 marriages and 290 burials from the Mission Church of St James’ Nallur. The names are mainly Tamil with a few European ones included.
Author Eileen Hewson FRGS
Publisher The Kabristan Archives
Pub date 2014
Pages 100
ISBN 9781906276560
E-book (PDF Format)
Price £4.00 (Free Delivery)
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ALPHABETICAL INDEX TO THE REGISTERS OF MARRIAGES AT THE DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH AT WOLVENDAAL COLOMBO 1709-1936 AD

A collection of European marriages in Colombo from 1709 (the Dutch period) to 1936. Contains some details of professions, ages, marriageable status. This is a most unusual compilation of data found for that period and extremely rare. A must for every genealogy library.
Author S.A.W. Mottau
Publisher The Department of National Archives Sri Lanka under The Netherlands Sri Lanka Mutual Cultural Heritage Programme
Pub date 2012
Pages 504
ISBN 9789559016274
Hardback A3
Price £17.00 + postage & packaging

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ST PAUL’S CHURCH KANDY SRI LANKA Births Baptisms Burials Marriages CD

Births Baptisms Burials Marriages Part 1 1822-1844.
A collection of 614 birth/baptismal records, approx 325 marriages, 737 burials in both index and chronological order of the soldiers from Kandy Garrison and other foreigners who lived in Kandy. There are also some Burgher, Singalese and Tamil names found in the registers. These records are some of the oldest found in Sri Lanka.
Author Eileen Hewson FRGS
Publisher The Kabristan Archives Pub date 2014
Pages 491
ISBN 978-1-906276478
CD Format
Price £10.00 + postage & packaging

 


ST PAUL’S CHURCH KANDY SRI LANKA Births Baptisms Burials Marriages CD

Births Baptisms Burials Marriages Part 2 1845-1875.
A collection of 897 birth/baptismal records, approx 650 marriages, 792 burials in both index and chronological order of the soldiers from Kandy Garrison and other foreigners who lived in Kandy. There are also some Burgher, Singalese and Tamil names found in the registers. These records are some of the oldest found in Sri Lanka.
Author Eileen Hewson FRGS
Publisher The Kabristan Archives Pub date 2014
Pages 568
ISBN 9781906276485
CD Format
Price £10.00 + postage & packaging

 


ST MARGARET’S CHURCH FOREST CREEK Kotagala Sri Lanka Baptisms Index 1927-1942 E-book

A collection of 479 baptismal records mainly Tamil in both index and chronological order who work in the surrounding tea country
Author Eileen Hewson FRGS
Publisher The Kabristan Archives Pub date 2014
Pages 215
ISBN 978-1-906276492
E-book (PDF Format)
Price £2.00 (Free Delivery)
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GRAVEYARDS IN CEYLON Colombo Vol I by Eileen Hewson

A collection of memorials (about 775) and biographical details from surveys and written records is recorded in this publication the first since 1913. Several tombstones have been lost from the early 20th century survey but many others not previously recorded were found in this later survey in 2008. Soldiers, planters mainly Scottish, missionaries, merchants and adventurers swarmed to the island swarmed to the island which promised them easy pickings and handsome salaries, turning it into an elite club where dynasties flourished and nepotism prevailed. The history of these European rulers can be found in their churches. However time passes and the foreigners have gone, fifty years after independence three cemeteries have vanished under redevelopment fortunately not all was lost, some of the tombstones were removed to the Dutch Church Wolvendaal and Colombo General Cemetery. Together with some biographical details here are the fragmented remains of a few who spent their lives in the service of the British Crown in Ceylon.

Kabristan Archives 2008 98 pages PB
Price £10.50 £4.00 plus p&p
ISBN 978-1-906276-17-1

 

 


Anglican Burials 1909-19 Colombo General Cemetery

A collection of burial records about 1647 from a typed copy of the originals found at Colombo General Cemetery

Kabristan Archives 2012 48 pages PB
Price £5.00 £ 3.00 plus p&p
ISBN 9781906276-37-9

 

 


Colombo General Cemetery Anglican Burial Register 1926-51 CD 

A collection of about 3898 Anglican burial records transcribed from a hand-written copy of the original burial register found in Colombo General Cemetery.

Kabristan Archives 2012 111 pages CD Format
Price £7.00 plus p&p
ISBN 978-1-906276-41-6

 

 


MORE COLOMBO BURIALS Births & Marriages Churches & Burial Grounds CD

A comprehensive work and a collection of about 2749 Burial records/inscriptions, 516 Marriage records and 1293 Birth records from surveys, written and media sources designed for the Family Historian. The Dutch Churches and Burial Grounds, Madampitiya RC Cemetery, the churches from Polwatta and Milagiriya also the French Cemetery, the War Cemeteries and finally more from Colombo Municipal Cemetery have been included. Finally there is a section of Miscellaneous Births Marriages and Deaths found in Colombo.

The Kabristan Archives 2013 369 pages CD Format
Price £9.00 plus p&p
ISBN 9781906276-46-1

 

 

 


 

GRAVEYARDS IN CEYLON Nuwara Eliya Vol II by Eileen Hewson

A collection of memorials (about 900 names) in the Holy Trinity Church and the old graveyards of Nuwara Eliya from surveys, written records and biographical details is recorded in this publication, the first since 1913. Several tombstones have been found from the early 20th century survey but many others not previously recorded were found in this later survey of 2008-9.

Nuwara Eliya with its comfortable climate was an oasis for the planters who came from the surrounding tea estates for some home comforts and social life .Under the influence of Sir Samuel Baker the hill station had become a prosperous commercial town and a carbon copy of an English village with the planters’ Hill Club as its social centre. Many planters opted to stay after retirement why go home when you can eat steam pudding and roast beef here and be served by waiters wearing white gloves. Their pensions went a long way in Ceylon and the thought of the cold and expensive climate at home did not appeal.

There are still some reminders of the British period in Nuwara Eliya, the Grand Hotel once the residence of Sir Edward Barnes, Governor of Ceylon, the Hill Club, the Post Office and the fragmented remains of the planters’ lives in its graveyards.

Kabristan Archives 2009 66 pages PB
Price £7.50 £4.00 plus p&p
ISBN 978-1-906276-24-9

 


 

GRAVEYARDS IN CEYLON Tea Country Vol III by Eileen Hewson
A collection of memorials (about 800 names) found in the graveyards of the tea country of Ceylon from surveys and other written records is recorded in this publication, the first since 1913. Several tombstones have been lost from the early 20th century survey but many others were found in this later one in 2008-09. The churches similar to those found in any English village formed the basis of a community founded by the estate owners mainly Scots and their workers. They also gave the expats a sense of home.

A quick look through the graveyards gives an emerging pattern and shows the stranglehold that some families had on the tea industry where dynasties were established through marriage and nepotism prevailed. Depending on British management and investment and cheap imported labour from South India, tea became the major industry of Ceylon as it is to this day.

The names behind the memorials together with some biographical details give a fascinating insight into the planters who created the tea trade in Ceylon.

Kabristan Archives 2009 92 pages PB
Price £9.00 £4.00 plus p&p
ISBN 978-1-906276-25-6

 


 

GRAVEYARDS IN CEYLON Kandy Region Vol IV by Eileen Hewson
A collection of memorials approx 750 and 761 burial plot records found in surveys and other written sources. The Kandy War Cemetery and the outlying districts of Gampola and Kurunegala are also included. Although several tombstones have been lost from an earlier survey circa 1910 many others not previously recorded were found in this later one. The inscriptions or records give an indication of its chequered past with many Cingalese names of Portuguese origin, Dutch burgers, Tamils and those of the British settlers principally soldiers and some planters. Although the kingdom of Kandy remained independent throughout the rule of the Portuguese and Dutch it eventually succumbed to the British in the early 19th century and became a garrison town. Its status recovered during World War II when it was designated the headquarters of South Asia Command for the Allied Forces.

Kabristan Archives 2010 123 pages PB
Price £10.50 £4.00 plus p&p
ISBN 978-1906276-34-8

 


 

GRAVEYARDS IN CEYLON South & West Vol V by Eileen Hewson FRGS
A collection of memorials (about 798) and biographical details from surveys and written sources found in Hambantota to Negombo. They consist mainly of gravestones belonging to the Dutch and their descendants who dominated the towns of Galle and Matara from 1685 to 1798. Many inscriptions are in the old Dutch language and have been transcribed with the help of a translator. The British personnel include administrators, sailors, missionaries and planters. There are also a few of Portuguese origin. Several stones have been lost since the survey of 1910 but many others not previously recorded were found in the later one. The continuation of history in the South and West from the Portuguese to the Dutch through to the British is clearly shown in its gravestones.

Kabristan Archives 2010 126 pages PB
Price £10.50 £4.00 plus p&p
ISBN 978-1-906276-35-5

 


 

 

GRAVEYARDS IN CEYLON North & East Vol VI by Eileen Hewson FRGS
A collection of memorials approx 670 from the graveyards of Jaffna in the North to Batticaloa in the East which are mainly those of the Dutch who colonized the island before the British invasion of 1795. Many of the graveyards are extinct due to the civil war and the passage of time. However the predominantly British Protestant Cemetery at Trincomalee on the east coast remains intact and most of the memorials found in 1910 are still there.

Kabristan Archives 2011 90 pages PB
Price £9.00 £4.00 plus p&p
ISBN 978-1-906276-36-2

 


 

PROTESTANT MARRIAGES Nuwara Eliya Ceylon by Eileen Hewson FRGS
A register of marriages (about 1000 names) in Holy Trinity Church, Nuwara Eliya, include people of all races. Tamils mainly from the tea estates or the labouring classes who had converted to Christianity from Hinduism, the Burghers who were mainly descended from the Dutch, the Cingalese some with Portuguese names and the British who were so short of female company that they often married local girls. Others took their pick from the ladies who ostensibly came to Ceylon for a holiday but secretly they were looking for a husband and known as the 'fishing fleet' and they certainly had plenty of choice. The girls usually stayed in a hotel or with friends and are recorded in the register as 'arrived from England.'

Nuwara Eliya with its comfortable climate was a good base for marriages and appealed to the Europeans. Under the influence of Sir Samuel Baker (1846) the hill station had become a prosperous commercial town and a carbon copy of an English village. The church was completed in 1852 and attracted many engaged couples from other parts of Ceylon to have their weddings in an atmosphere reminiscent of home.

Kabristan Archives 2009 42 pages PB
Price £5.00 £3.00 plus p&p
ISBN 978-1-906276-26-3

 


 

 

Holy Trinity Church Pussellawa Sri Lanka Births Baptisms Burials Marriages CD

A collection of about 218 births 122 burials and 85 marriages transcribed from photocopies of the original records. Pussellawa is in the heart of the tea country and the records are those of the workers and owners of tea estates who lived there for decades from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s during the British period.

Kabristan Archives 2012 79 pages CD Format
Price £8.00 plus p&p
ISBN 978-1-906276-40-9

 

 


 

Holy Trinity Church Nuwara Eliya CD

A collection of about 1500 births and 814 marriages transcribed from a typed copy of the original records. Holy Trinity Church was the most important church in the tea country during the British period mid 1800s to mid 1900s

Kabristan Archives 2012 137 pages CD Format
Price £8.00 plus p&p
ISBN 978-1-906276-39-3

 

 


 

ST MARK’S CHURCH BADULLA SRI LANKA Births Baptisms Burials Marriages CD

A collection of about 543 Baptisms. 528 Burials and 76 Marriages transcribed from the original church registers. The names are in an alphabetical order easy to read format designed for the Family Historian.

The Kabristan Archives 2013 224 pages CD Format
Price £8.00 plus p&p
ISBN 978-1-906276-45-4