ottoman archives

After Turkish law made it possible to obtain Turkish citizenship for those who prove the existence of an Ottoman origin of the first degree, provided that documents or papers dating back to the Ottoman era are available, or belonging to any Turkish origin by the grandfather, grandmother, father or mother, by filing an invitation for Through a Turkish lawyer, accompanied by the required documents and papers, and the naturalization decision is then returned to the court within a certain period of time.

The Ottoman Archives: It is a group of historical sources dating back to the Ottoman era, which deals with the history of the Ottoman Empire from its inception to the fall of the Ottoman Caliphate (1299-1924), and its documents total 150 million documents covering various aspects of social, health, cultural and economic life, and include documents of interest 39 countries, including 19 countries in the Middle East, 11 countries in the Balkans, 3 countries in the Caucasus, two countries in Central Asia, and these documents are an important historical source for researchers in the history of the Ottoman Empire, and one of the most important role of the Ottoman archive is the archive of the Prime Minister's Council in Yildiz Palace Istanbul,Under the supervision of the Research Center for Islamic History, Arts and Culture, the Ottoman Archives in Turkey are among the most important historical sources that document a large part of the life of the Ottoman Empire and the countries that ruled it.

Types of Ottoman Archives Classifications
The documents of the Ottoman Archives have been classified into three sections:

section One
Classification of ledgers: books are the serial records in which the decisions taken in the Ottoman Empire in the Diwan and Finance Departments were recorded, for the topics on which a decision was issued. The oldest of them in the Ottoman archives dates back to the year 835 AH / 1432 AD, which are the books on land and ownership.

The notebooks of the Ottoman archives are divided into many types. Of which:
◦Al-Diwan Al-Humayunyi notebooks, which also fall into types. These include: mission books, judgment books, complaints books, foreign countries’ books, non-Muslim minority groups’ books, ships’ permission books, exile and punishment books, and editing books..etc.
◦Financial books known as the notebook section, which is divided into thirty-six types. Including: the accounts of Anatolia, the books of the Mansoura military, the books of his schedule, which was in charge of the daily accounts and the current work in the book section, the tribute books, the accounts books of the Two Holy Mosques, endowments books, metal books, protocol books, and the Janissary books..etc.
◦The notebooks of the Sublime Gate, which are subdivided into: the notebooks of the al-Sadara department, of various kinds, the notebooks of the Sublime Gate, which contain many subjects specific to the Arabian Peninsula, and the notebooks of other departments of the Sublime Gate.
◦Yildiz Palace notebooks with its two sections: Exhibits notebooks, and Yildiz Classification notebooks.
◦Spectacle books (ministries), states, general inspectorates and large government departments. Such as: internal glasses books, external glasses books, health glasses books, knowledge glasses books, states books..etc. The number of these books totals three hundred thousand books.

second section
Classifications of Ottoman archive documents, which are of six main types:
◦Documents of the Court Alhmaioni and the door Alasfi.
◦Book section documents (financial).
◦Porte documents.
◦Yildiz Palace Documents.
◦Documents of spectacles, states, inspectors general and large government departments.
◦Other classification documents. They are: the classification of Ali Amiri, the classification of Ibn al-Amin, the classification of Muallem Jawdat, the classification of the Humayun script, the classification of gilded firmans, and the classification of treaties.

And the sub-categories of those main types, which are related to the history of the Arabian Peninsula, are in general: private will, internal will, military will, will - a special council, will - important issues, Yildiz Foundation papers, file classification of wills, Cevdet - internal, external, Hamyun lines Internal - public communications, internal - political, internal - Shafa, internal - special pen, state shura, al-Sadara - Qalam al-Muktubi, al-Ainayat, Chamber of the Sublime Porte, Council of Walla [i.e., the Higher Council, which is a shura council], treaties, al-Haramain province, Yildiz - private exhibits, Yildiz - official exhibits...etc.

third section
Other repositories of information in the Ottoman archives, namely:
◦Photo albums, which are in three sections:
◦Pictures preserved in the indexes of the scattered Rumli Inspectorate papers.
◦Pictures preserved within the papers of the Grand Vizier Kamel Pasha in the Yildiz Base papers.
◦Pictures kept in Yildiz classification books.
◦Other holdings acquired by the Archives from individuals.

How to search in the Ottoman archives:
It is possible by going to one of the headquarters of the Ottoman Archives in Istanbul or Ankara, with a proof of identity or a passport, and two personal photos, and registering on an application in order to obtain permission and permission to search and its purpose, and the search takes a long time, and the search is conducted through dedicated computers , or search by requesting the document, for the region, name and date, and the researcher needs to be familiar with the Turkish language, and on the same day or the second day, the researcher obtains photocopies of the document he found with payment of fees for it.The original document can be extracted using any old paper such as a birth certificate, military certificate, pedigree tree, which proves the existence of an Ottoman origin for the person, and has a specific date, which can be verified through the Ottoman archives.

Conditions for obtaining Turkish citizenship through proof of Ottoman origins
◦Attestation of the Ottoman document proving the assets from the notary and the maqam
◦The person applying for citizenship by origin must have any type of residence in Turkey, valid for two years
◦The applicant’s decision is to permanently reside in Turkey
◦A health report proving that the applicant is free of serious diseases
◦A non-judgmental document proving the existence of a clean criminal record
◦That the person does not pose any danger to Turkish national security or be imprisoned in Turkey on a judicial or criminal background

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