Folks, the majority of the original DRC Colombo records are available on LDS films.
As Sylvia said the records are up to the 1980s. They commence from the 1700s. I have transcribed marriages and baptisms from different Colombo DRC films and posted to the Sri Lanka Genealogy website over the years, and have copies of original entries from the DRC church for our family interests. These copies vary from baptism and sometimes birth dates, to marriage banns, marriages and deaths/burials. Up to the 1860s entries were by date order in the register. In the 1860s a form 12 was introduced with limited information, and in 1897 a form based on the British registration system was made compulsary, which gives name age address occpation, and fathers name and occupation as well.
There is a marriage index on film for a couple of volumes of DRC records, and there is a Baptism Index on film transcribed by Sam Mottau, which includes a number of Churches.
There are over 4000 LDS Ceylon film titles and a if researchers give more specific dates and names we may have the film transcribed, or even a copy of the record.
A research visit to Sri Lanka in Jan/Feb this year and personal Protestant Church visitations to Kandy, Colombo, Galle and Matara revealed records that need transcribing or photographing immediately, as there is only the original record in existence, and they are deteriorating rapidly.
There is no labour or money for the churches themselves to do research lookups, and there are enormous economic and social problems still in Sri Lanka, that occupy the Church and its members time and finances.
There is also a dwindling congregation in most churches. A church in the south had a congregation of 4!
Cheers, Larry&Coreen, Australia
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