The Armenian diaspora is international and many of its family historians find that they have roots in that part of Western Armenia now in the Kars province of Turkey. Many Armenian villages in this region have either been destroyed and erased from the map or, once depopulated, re-named by incoming Turkish settlers. I have posted several blogs on my Bluebird Research website to help those Armenian genealogists with roots in the Kars area to locate their ancestral villages. These blog pages are as follows:
- An extract of all the Armenian villages from the 1902 Address Calendar of Kars province, transliterated from the original Russian. This gives the Armenian population as at 1901 and the administrative geography for each settlement.
- The corresponding extract of all the Armenian villages from the 1914 Address Calendar of Kars province, transliterated from the Russian. This gives the Armenian population as at 1913 and administrative geography for each settlement.
- A concordance of Armenian settlement names matching the names transliterated from the Russian together with both their Armenian names (transliterated from the Armenian alphabet) and their modern Turkish names.
- A blog linking to a Google Map which I have created, showing the location of the Armenian settlements of Kars province and their old and new names.
You can find these and other blogs on Armenian family history at http://www.bluebirdresearch.com/category/blog/armenian.
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