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The purpose of this page is to provide a reference to the registers and cemetery surveys to assist descendants and researchers.

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There is an Internet site where baptisms, marriages and burials are listed as a 'composite index', covering the 'early years' of Smyrna British registers between 1795-1832, however no background or supporting information is provided.

1- Despite the records above belonging to the British chapel of Smyrna, there is a substan-tial proportion of ‘foreign’ nationals present who were clearly not related to British families, but many undoubtedly had trade contacts. This shows that even in the early days the Smyrna Levantines formed a harmonious melting pot. A remarkable aspect of these non-Anglo-Saxon names is the preponderance of Dutch names (Dutilh, Slaars, Sebold, Lan-gensee, Hochepied, Van Lennep) pointing to the especially close relationship between these two communities.

2- There are some interesting Maltese (or alleged) connections such as James Louis Gout (married 1813) being ‘of Malta’. This probably represents a ‘way station’ where that strategic British colony provided a home for many British nationals who may have spent up to a few generations there. Thus it is not surprising that some other British families members have gone through Malta (Purdie, Maltass, Werry etc.).

3- Some family names seem to have died out shortly after this period, as not all the community stayed on till 1922. Thus we see George Boddington, the British Chancellor, possibly the reason why this family first came, being buried in 1829. Other family names we hear little or nothing of in later generations are Lee, Jones, Jackson, Hayes, Fisher and in most cases, we lose the trail, and thus know very little about, apart from minor details such as ‘John Lee, merchant’.

4- We know from the Barbara Dobbins Istanbul Ferikoy American section cemetery listing that William Noseworthy Churchill was buried in that cemetery in 1846. The listing gives us info as to his profession being ‘US government’, married to ‘Beatrice’ and being the editor of a Turkish newspaper, confirmed and expanded upon by me in ‘Database analysis’. It seems he lived for a time in Smyrna and married Beatrice daughter of Joseph Belhomme, of Smyrna in 1824.

5- To view the registers of the Smyrna Anglican Chaplaincy (1799-1840) held at Lamberth’s Palace, London, click here:

6- To view the registers of the Izmir Italian Consulate records, click here:

The following section is intended to provide for detailed data and to view the listings in pdf format click here.