How to Fill in Your Armenian Family Tree – FamilySearch August 17, 2020

I saw this recently on FamilySearch – How to Fill in Your Armenian Family Tree – FamilySearch: Much longer article than I included below. Worth a read if you have known or potential Armenian ancestors.

August 17, 2020  – by  Amie Tennant

If your family has been removed from your Armenian heritage for a generation or more, you may be looking for ways to build your family tree. Whether you’ve always known of your Armenian roots or you just discovered your family’s geographic origins via a DNA test, the desire to learn more about your Armenian family tree can push you to begin researching. There are plenty of simple ways to get started!

You may find it beneficial to learn more about Armenia and its history. The Armenia FamilySearch wiki page will assist you in learning how to find your family in Armenia and in discovering other details that will come in handy along your research journey.


You may be under the impression that all records about Armenians who lived in the Ottoman Empire have been destroyed. Though many pre-1915 civil and church records were destroyed, not all have been lost. Additionally, records of genealogical value are accessible for many Armenian immigrants residing in America or western Europe.

One of the first steps in genealogy is filling out a pedigree chart. As with all family tree projects, we begin with ourselves. Next, we add the names of the relatives we know. Add your parents’ full names and your grandparents’ full names if you know them. Add names as far back as you know. You can begin recording your family tree on something as simple as a homemade pedigree chart—or, to save your tree online, use the FamilySearch Family Tree.

Interview Family Members to Learn More

If you aren’t sure of the names of your grandparents or great-grandparents, interview your relatives for help.

Here are some things to remember when interviewing relatives:

1. Talk to the oldest family members first. Be sure to make a list of questions before starting the interview. You will also want to be sure to ask to see any family Bible, old letters, documents, or pictures. It is a wonderful idea to video or audio record your interview, but if that is not an option, be ready to take notes with pen and paper or a laptop computer.

Learn how to use the Memory App at FamilySearch to record your interviews.


2. Talk to all relatives, not just your direct line. Distant cousins and great aunts and uncles may have information or even pictures your family line didn’t inherit. Be sure to interview them too!

3. Use social media to create family groups for collaboration. Facebook is a familiar tool for nearly every age group. Private groups can be created easily and at no cost. You can also invite your family to collaborate on FamilySearch’s shared tree.

Digging Deeper for Armenian Family Documents

At some point, you will have gathered all you can from living family members. The next step is to find civil and church documents to fill in the gaps of your Armenian family tree.

1. FamilySearch has a large collection of Armenian records—both for the Caucasus, or what is now modern-day Armenia, and for the former Ottoman Empire—that you can access for free. Church registers, censuses, and military records are just a few of the documents and records you will find.

2. The Armenian Immigration Project is a free website you will find useful. It introduced a historical research project that transcribes not only the manifests of the passenger ships that brought Armenian immigrants to North America, but also information about Armenians listed in other United States records. These records include vital records, naturalizations, passports, censuses, military records, and newspapers.





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