Al-Monitor: Turkish genealogy database fascinates, frightens Turks

Al-Monitor: Turkish genealogy database fascinates, frightens Turks. “For a long time, the official policy was that Turks formed a cohesive ethnic identity in Turkey. But less than two weeks ago, on Feb. 8, population registers were officially opened to the public via an online genealogy database. The system crashed quickly under the demand. Some people who had always boasted of their ‘pure’ Turkish ancestry were shocked to learn they actually had other ethnic and religious roots.”