Middle East Toolbox
This toolbox covers the various countries that make up the Middle East. Civil records tend to be scarce. Many never existed, and of those records that were created, many have been destroyed or have been "closed" for political reasons. In general, church records may be your best resource.
The Family History Library has microfilmed some church and civil records, so you may want to start there. But remember that these records are not going to be in English, so if you don't read Arabic or Turkish, be prepared with a translator.
Al-Assad National Library - Syrian Records
Arab-American newspapers from the Center for Research Libraries
Armenian-American Newspapers from the University of Minnesotaâ€™s Immigration History Research Center
Lebanon - Jafet Library: American University of Beirut - recommended place to start for Lebanese researchers
Lebanese Emigrants on RootsWeb The Golden Whoâ€™s Who of Lebanese Emigrants in the World by Dr. Maurice Khoury Hanna Dib - Tripoli, Lebanon
Mount Lebanon.org Has links to many churches of the area
University of Jordan - Islamic court records covering Jordan and Palestine
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