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Re: Genealogy Doctoral Study: Myth, Memory and Multiculturalism
Posted by: A. Samarasinghe (ID *****2028) Date: October 23, 2010 at 17:49:43
In Reply to: Genealogy Doctoral Study: Myth, Memory and Multiculturalism by Emily M. Matthias of 2355

Not sure what exactly you are looking for. But, it has been a frustrating experience living in N. America, trying to find info for Sri Lanka. It took a few years, ordering history books for Sri Lanka that have genealogy info, and historic clues that would enable me to know where to look (these books came from various places: some from Sri Lanka, some from US and England). Only this past year have i seen 1) books scanned onto Google books (sometimes it is part of the book, other times the whole book). 2) WorldCat library system where i have been able to order rare books from other countries through inter library loan (which costs quite a lot of money each time.....but since it is rare books, i am happy to get to see/read those books).

I also found 2 important documents through the LDS pilot project on the web....where i could access a marriage certificate for 1800's and a birth certificate for 1600's. It took many days just to go through about a 1,000 records.....but have a long way to go.

I am noticing that i have to actually order microfilms or two at a time, then go through them to find info. Have not done this yet, but will have to go through this process soon. I am noticing that records give one piece, and then i found the next pieces of the puzzle in a book. But, i need records in order to connect the dots.

Information on Sri Lanka is very slim on genealogy websites.......except on Fazli Sameer's Genweb/Roots websites. Fazli's site as well as Fazli himself has been a great help. People on these forums also tend to be helpful.

I wish there were more family trees, scanned documents etc. on and other genealogy that people could find information easier.

I am surprised that no one (at least that i know of) is specializing in finding genealogy info for the Sri Lankan diaspora people scattered all over the world, looking for info about their families in Sri Lanka. I see N. American tv programs where they show how easy it is to access history/genealogy researchers. But, when we try to contact any library, any Sri Lankan national archive etc. they do not contact us back. I have contacted many Sri Lankan information centres ....but not one person has responded back. That shows something big about culture and way of doing things.

Because of seeing shows like 'Who do you think you are' and 'Faces of America'....i see how important Genetic Genealogy is. I am already using this method,.....and surprises came up that then enabled me to look in places i had not looked before (my family thought we were one ethnic group, but through ancestry DNA we found out that we need to check a European line as well). I notice that other Sri Lankans that have taken the DNA tests also had surprises.

LDS family centre mentioned that they need volunteers to go through microfilm for Sri Lanka and that they might be able to put them on the internet for easy access.

I hope this info helps your research.

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