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The Georgian language is over 2000 years old and has a unique alphabet that goes back to the 5th century. The language is linguistically distant from Turkic and Indo-European languages. The church records are primarily in Georgian while some are in the language of ethnic minorities such as Armenian. Several ethnic Georgians have their own language such as Megrelian spoken by about a million persons, and Svan, spoken by several tens of thousands. The administrative records of the government for the last two centuries are in Russian. Since 1991, the government reestablished the primacy of the Georgian language.
- The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Georgia (Republic),” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 2000.