website of Jelle Verheij, historian

Research Tools

For your research on the Eastern provinces of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century, you will find on this website the following tools:



A bibliography of 19th century European travel reports, with links to digital copies on the internet


Geographical Annotations to travel reports, enabling you to trace the routes of the travellers on a modern map


A place name index, containing the place names mentioned in travel books, with direct links to the relevant digitalize sources.


A tribe index, listing, in alphabetical order, names of Kurdish, Arabic and Turkoman tribes in the region. Offers direct links to the relevant pages of primary contemporary sources.


soon online:

Personal name index: Alphabetical list of personal names found in documents from the British National archives, 1890-1900. Specially interesting for genealogical researchers.

Research tools

"Town and rock of Van", from Layard 1853