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Information on Abraham Azarian and his family in Turkey was taken from a combination of family information and records from the Armenian Catholic Church in Istanbul.
These church records are available on microfilm through the Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (otherwise known as the Mormons and LDS). LDS has microfilmed copies of the originals of the records from the Armenian churches, both Apostolic and Catholic, for the city of Constantinople (later called Istanbul) from 1832 to the 1930s.
The Armenian Catholic Records in Constantinople
The records for the marriage and the birth of eight children of Abraham and Lucy Azarian and for related and non-related, Azarian, Arevian, and Hagopian families were found on the LDS microfilms.
The information on the Azarian family was taken from LDS microfilms #1037106, #1037108, and #1037109. The records are in Armenian.
Marina at St. Illuminator's Armenian Apostolic Church, 221 East 27th Street, New York, New York, Phone 212-689-5880, translated two marriage records and seven baptismal records.
I translated the other records myself using the alphabet as listed in Elementary Modern Armenian Grammar by Kevork H. Gulian. Some of the records would be hard enough to read even if one was fluent in Armenian. The writing is frequently cramped and the pages are no always completely legible. Since my Armenian is very limited, I have not been able to completely translate all the relevant listings and there are most likely some errors in my translations. I am almost possitve that my dates and surnames are correct. The major problems lie with given names and associations.
According to Gulian, there are two letters for a. One is said like the letter a in father and the other is said like the letter a in fat. In the name, Azarian, all three a's are written with the letter a equivalent as in father. There are letters for six other vowels include: ye as in yes, u as in us, e as in me, another u, and two letters for o. I have played it a bit loose with the second a and the e vowel equivalents to make the names sound more familiar to my ear.
The records contain a fair amount of variation in the spelling of some names, both given names and surnames. This is common with records around the world.
The Azarians and related families were connected with the Catholic Churches of Surp Savour (Holy Savior), Holy Trinity, and Surp Ohannes (Saint John).
There were two St John's in Constantinople. St John Crysostome listed in Armenia, A Historical Atlas by Robert H Hewsen in Taksim and St John the Baptist, listed by the same author, in Yenikoy. Based on the Taksim address, the records for the Azarians were connected with St John Crysostome.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to determine the exact locations of the churches associated with the Azarians. Hewsen lists Holy Savior in Karakoy, Holy Trinity in Beyoghlu and St John Crysostome in Taksim but does not give street addresses.
Film 1037106 contains 15 items:
The LDS computer listing for this film does not include the churches that are actually on the film. It lists instead, Surp Pergich 1831 to 1974 (Items 1 to 7), Surp Hagop 1916 to 1959 (items 8 and 9), Surp Yerrortulleem 1848 to 1914 (Items 10 and 11) and Surp Astvadzadozin 1831 to 1980 (Items 12 to 15).
Film 1037108 contains 12 items:
Sources in The United States
Information on the Azarians in the United States was taken from family history, civil records in New York and New Jersey, United States census records, naturalization records, ship manifests, and Social Security records.
The civil records for New York City are available at the New York City Archives, Chambers Street, New York City.
The civil records for New Jersey are available at the New Jersey Archives, Trenton, New Jersey.
The United States Census, and ship manifests are available at the National Archives Records Administration North East Branch, Varrick Street, New York City.
The Social Security Death Records are available on CD. Original copies of Social Security applications are available from the Social Security Administration in Walshington, D.C.
Naturalization papers are available through various courts in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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