Iraq Genealogy

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Guide to Iraq ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Iraq Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
Iraq Background
Local Research Resources

Country Information[edit | edit source]

Iraq is a country in the Middle East bordered by Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Syria. It was under Ottoman Empire rule from 1534-1705 and then from 1831-1920. At the end of World War I, Iraq was under Great Britain control and was made into a monarchy. There were a series of power changes thereafter, including the Ramadan Revolution in February 1963, the November 1963 Iraqi Coup d'état, and a Baathist coup in 1968. Saddam Hussein gained power in 1979. He led the country through many wars; the Iran-Iraq War from 1980-1988, the First US-Iraq War (or the Gulf War). His rule ended in the US-Iraq War in 2003. The official languages are Arabic and Kurdish.[1]

Most recently, the fight against the Islamic State from 2011 to 2019 and on, has led to even greater destruction. Due to the arson, theft and devastation, it is most unfortunate that many Ottoman, census, and other genealogically valuable documents have been destroyed.[2]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Iraq Research

Links to articles on getting started with Iraq research.

Iraq Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Iraq research.

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Iraq Map[edit | edit source]

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in Iraq.
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Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

  1. Dohuk
  2. Nineveh
  3. Erbil
  4. Kirkuk
  5. Sulaymaniyah
  6. Saladin
  7. Al Anbar
  8. Baghdad
  9. Diyala
  10. Karbala
  11. Babil
  12. Wasit
  13. Najaf
  14. Al-Qādisiyyah
  15. Maysan
  16. Muthanna
  17. Dhi Qar
  18. Basra
  19. Halabja

FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Iraq," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 28 April 2016.
  2. Geoffrey Roper in, accessed 20 October, 2021.