Larry & Coreen - I tried to send you a personal message, but it bounced.
I was most interested in what you had to say about church records in Ceylon.I wondered if you know of, or are part of a team which is organised to photograph and/or transcribe the old church records.Is it a shortage of money or of people to do the work, or indeed maybe an unwillingness of the parish priests to allow 'foreigners' in to film/copy records that prevents progress in this direction?As you would be aware, records of the British in Ceylon in the 19th century are particularly difficult to trace, although thanks to the DBUJ the families of Dutch origin are easier to follow.
I don't have a personal link to Ceylon, but have a general interest in helping people trace their ancestry in South Asia.At my local LDS FHC (Parramatta, NSW) we have a photocopied set of DBUJ and also of the detailed indexes to the Baptisms and Marriages at the Dutch Reformed Church at Wolvendaal which I think came from Victor Melder's Sri Lankan Library.
I was interested to read your comments about the availability of Ceylon bmd records on film, as everyone I have talked to has found them hard to find - quite inaccessible - or at least hard to identify what is wanted, probably because of the myriad seemingly small registration districts.
Through the Families in British India Society - www.fibis.org - some support may be available for capturing some of the church registers in Ceylon.Would you be able to get back to me at aus-nz at fibis.org ? Thanks, Sylvia