All official vital statistics records are kept in the census(nufus) records which contain evidence of age, marriage and death. Divorces are registered
only if requested by one of the parties. The records include Muslims and non-Muslims
and go back to 1906 when the first census was conducted.
Generally, civil birth records are available only for individuals who were Turkish
citizens at birth. Hellenic or ethnic Greeks and Armenians were generally not considered
Turkish citizens. (See GN 00307.521 for records for ethnic Greeks who left Turkey before 1923.) However, if both parents
were born in Turkey after January 1, 1929 (regardless of their citizenship), the child
is considered a native-born Turkish citizen and there is a birth record.