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Q: Is Istanbul the capital of Turkey?

A: No, Ankara is. Istanbul is, however, a major city, with a rich history. Formerly known as Byzantion and Constantinople, it was once the seat of power for three empires.

Q: Do you work for the Turkish goverment?

A: No, I have no connection with the Republic of Turkey, nor do I hold any political alliance. This is a non-profit website, run by volunteers. If you would like to contact Ambassador Baki Ilkin, the Turkish Ambassador to the United States, write to:

2525 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

If you would like to contact Ambassador Robert Pearson, the US Ambassador to Turkey, write to:

PSC 93, Box 5000, APO AE 09823 or to the Embassy at:

110 Ataturk Boulevard, Kavaklidere 06100, Ankara, Turkey.

Q: Where can I write to for vital records?

A: Try the Social Security Administration (SSA) at their website or at their mailing address as follows:

Social Security Administration
Office of Central Records Operations
FOIA Workgroup
P.O. Box 17772
300 N. Greene Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21290.

The SSA code for Turkey is 830.