I will be visiting Sri Lanka soon from Canada and hope to confirm as much as possible of my family's oral history. Advice on how best to do so while I am briefly in Colombo and Kandy would be appreciated.
My father Reginald Frank Juriansz was born in Colombo, Feb 20, 1919 to Benjamin John Juriansz (1884-1957) and Edith Ondatje(1891-1992). Though my grandmother spelled her name Ondatje, our oral genealogy meshes with some of what you have posted with the spelling Ondaatje which I presume to be the way the name was spelled before the family emigrated to Canada (and Australia). My maternal great grandfather was Ebenezer Ondaatje (1853-) who was supposed to have been a judge. He had three children: Frank Ondaatje who was a lawyer and part time sports columnist for a newspaper, Ruth who married Edmund Reimers who is said to have been Ceyon's archivist, and my grandmother Edith.
Supposedly, my grandmother's family was far more established than my grandfather's and did not approve of him. They are supposed to have run off and got married.
My grandfather Benjamin John Juriansz was supposed to have been an athlete. Some of my aunts and uncles say he was the goaler for the All Ceylon football team and others say he was a bowler a cricket team.My grandfather lived in Galle as a boy, and was a station master for the railway in Kandapola. Later he was a clerk with Fenton's (an electrical company).
I am especially interested in confirming whether my greatgrandfather Ebenezer Ondaatje was a judge, as I am a judge in Canada and would view this family history as serendipitous.
Benjamin John Juriansz had a first cousin named Percy Juriansz. Percey's descendants are said to still be in Sri Lanka.