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About Bunny Taylor's Family
Greetings to all!

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This Site is a Tribute to my Grandmother Mrs. Elizabeth Margaret (Elsie) Pereira nee Baldesing 


This site is complied with information received from living relatives and is not in any way 
intended to offend any individual or family. My Sincere thanks to the following for their 
contributions.
Annesley Abraham, Benita Pietersz, Bridget Kumarapperuma, Chryso Abraham, Dagmar Abraham, Dinesh 
Ludwick, Gordon Taylor, Jacintha DeBruin, Jennifer Abraham, Mariz Fernando, Patricia De Silva, 
Paulette Nugara, Rosie Kumar, Trevor Perera.

Health Notes:
I have compiled a list of Medical Conditions that run in the family, contact me if you need any 
help on Family Medical History.

Religion Notes:
Taylor’s were originally Anglican, some members of the family became members of the (DRC) 
Dutch Reform Church (Presbyterian). Some converted to the Catholic Church like the authors 
siblings. Author remained a member of the DRC his children were baptized at the DRC Maligakande in 
Ceylon. 

Baldesing’s and Pereira's are all Catholics. 

Other Notes:
Bridget Pereira converted to Buddhism through marriage. 

Oliver Taylor Changed his name from Taylor to Tirimanne and became a Buddhist for reasons 
unknown.  
Nevertheless according to a ruling by Chief Justice of Ceylon, Sir Richard Ottley in 1883:    
If the male ancestors were Dutch, Portuguese and or other Europeans, whoever may have been the 
female parents, if the parents were married, the offspring would be Burgher.

Clans:
There are some Baldesing/Pereira clan members living in Trincomalee. There are two spellings 
(Baldsing and Baldesing)

There are two known Taylor clans in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), one in the up-country region of Kandy and 
the other (our clan) in the lowland region of Colombo.

Burghers:
The Burgher people of (Ceylon) Sri Lanka:
Are the Eurasian descendants of Portuguese, Dutch, British colonists  and other Europeans from the 
16th to 21st centuries.
 
Note:
The term Burgher was legally defined by Chief Justice of Ceylon, Sir Richard Ottley, in an 
authoritative pronouncement, when he gave evidence before the Commission which was appointed in 
connection with the establishment of a Legislative Council in Ceylon in 1883. He stated that,
"The name Burgher belongs to the descendants of the Dutch, Portuguese and other Europeans born in 
Ceylon, and the right to distinction must not be decided by the Country from which their father or 
paternal ancestor came. So whatever the number of generations through which the family has passed 
in this Island, if the male ancestors were Dutch, Portuguese and or other Europeans, whoever may 
have been the female parents, if the parents were married, the offspring would be Burgher. If the 
parents were not married, the country of the mother would decide the question. If the right to be 
denominated Burgher be once lost by the legitimate father being a Sinhalese or other Indian, it 
cannot be recovered."


Various types of cousin relationships:

o	First cousins are the people in your family who have two of the same grandparents as you. 

o	Second cousins have the same great-grandparents as you, but not the same grandparents. 

o	Third cousins have in common two great great grandparents and their ancestors. 
             When cousins descend from common ancestors by a different number of generations they 
             are called “removed.”

o	Once removed means there is a difference of one generation. Your mother's first cousin 
             would be your first cousin, once removed. She is one generation younger than your   
             grandparents and you are two generations younger than your grandparents. 

o	Twice removed means that there is a two-generation difference. Your grandmother's first 
             cousin would be your first cousin, twice removed because you are separated by two  
             generations.

Half and Step Relationships:
Half relationships exist between individuals who have a common ancestor but descend from different 
spouses of that ancestor. For example, half-brothers may have the same father but different 
mothers 
or the same mother but different fathers. The children of these half-brothers would be half-
cousins, because they share only one of the grandparents. Half-relationships are still considered 
consanguineous (blood) relationships along the line which the two individuals share. 
Step relationships (including "in-law" relationships) are relationships, which occur through 
marriage. Your relationships with your step-relatives are not consanguineous as they are only 
related to you through marriage, not blood. They are not considered a part of your direct or 
lineal 
lines, but they can still be an important part of your family tree


Homeland:
Sri Lanka, is one of the smallest of the South Asian nations,  
29 km southeast of India across the Palk Strait in the 
Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka was not the name by which the  
Island was always known. 
The Greeks and Romans knew it as Taprobane,  
The Arabian sailors as Serendib,  
The early Europeans in Asia as Zeilan or Seilan,
The Portuguese as Ceylao,
The Sikhs as Singhadeep
And the British as Ceylon.  
The Island nation has also been referred to as  
"The Pearl of the Indian Ocean"

Ancient names for Sri Lanka, 1972 AD 
Ceylon 	(English) 	          1796 AD 
Ceilon 	(Dutch) 	          1656 AD 
Cilao 	(Portuguese) 	          1505 AD 
Pa-outchow (Chinese) 	  1407 AD 
Ilankai    (Thamil) 	          1284 AD 
Serendib   (Arabic) 	          0622 AD 
Lanka 	   (Sanskrit) 	  4713 BC 
Sihala 	   (Pali)       	  0543 BC 
Taprobane  (Greek) 	          0336 BC 
Lakdiva    (Sinhala) 	          0307 BC  

Area total: 65,610 sq km
Coastline: 1,340 km

Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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Ancestors of Baldsing, Bernard Joseph (Boy) (Grandpa)
Note: for privacy reasons names of living persons are excluded.



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