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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Lineal Kinship Inquiry[edit | edit source]

"For a country whose population is a rich mix of different ethnicities, paid genealogy services in Turkey oddly failed to catch up with the rest of the world. Nevertheless, a new e-governance service launched earlier this month changed this.

Within days of the launch, millions flocked to www.turkiye.gov.tr to find out who their ancestors were as the government made the genealogy archives online. It was previously available only to those personally applying to a civic registrar's office. The new service cut the red tape and enabled the public to trace their lineage with just a few clicks.

The "Lineal Kinship Inquiry" service as it is officially titled, offers information about one's ancestors, up to the 19th century. Signed up with their national ID numbers and a free password provided by the citizenship services, users can learn a lot of details about their ancestors, from names and last names, dates of birth and death as well as the town, village or city of origin as well as marital status. As the preservation of civic registers has been a well-maintained practice only in later centuries of the Ottoman Empire, many can trace their ancestors only to early 19th century. [1]

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1884.[2]

Yevmiye Vukuat (Daily Occurrences)[edit | edit source]

These records were kept from 1871 to 1914 in the Ottoman Empire.

Nüfus Tezkeresi (Population Identification Document)[edit | edit source]

These identification documents were from 1831-1918 and were written in Ottoman Turkish. They were formerly called Mürür Tezkeresi and Tezkere-i Osmaniye. An example and translation of a personal identification document is found here.

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Yevmiye Vukuat (Daily Occurrences)[edit | edit source]

  • Name
  • Date and Location of Birth
  • Date and Location of Death
  • Changes in Military Status

Nüfus Tezkeresi (Population Identification Document)[edit | edit source]

  • Date and Location of Birth
  • Residence
  • Name of Father
  • Age

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Who are you again: Turks go crazy over genealogy service". Daily Sabah. https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2018/02/17/who-are-you-again-turks-go-crazy-over-genealogy-service Accessed 16 June 2020.
  2. Commission Internationale de l’État Civil, “Guide pratique international de l’état civil: Turquie,” 2002, http://docplayer.fr/2477108-Guide-pratique-international-de-l-etat-civil.html.