Does anyone know if there are official Ottoman records that detail the names, dates, and citations of the Order of Medjidiye awards?
My fourth great grandfather, Ovan “Yağcıoğlu” Yagjian, was awarded the Order of Medjidiye by the Sultan for distinguished service during the Crimean War. He was a civilian Armenian merchant who provisioned the 4th Ottoman Army under siege on the Russian front. Our family has an oral account of his action, however, we’d love to find any written account.
I’ve had some Turkish history PhD students search the Turkish National Archives for Order of Medjidiye records, with no results.
Any assistance or advice will be greatly appreciated.
- Marc Yagjian – Austin, TX, USA firstname.lastname@example.org