submitted by George Poulos on 29.11.2004
The Jan-Feb 2004 edition of Odyssey magazine*, includes an article on Family Trees with Greek roots, on pp. 60-62.
The article, written by Tania Kollias has a largely American and Canadian focus, but contains a good directory of helpful web-sites for Greeks atempting to discover their roots.
Greek genealogy homepage. The first name translator is somewhat helpful, but its usually last names people are looking for, and keying in "Jim" brought up "Dimos" but not the most common, Dimitri.
http://www.daddezio.com/genealogy/greek/records/index.html - how to search in Greece, with lots of relevant info on the places to search and what they're called in Greek.
http://daddezio.com/catalog/grkndx09.html - helpful organizations links.
http://daddezio.com/catalog/grkndx03.html - more Greek info and links.
http://www.genealogylinks.net/europe/gre.htm - resources, links to websites.
http://genealogytoday.com/roots/xweb.mv?xc=Search&xo+all&xn=&kw=103&ct=&cpc= - resources, including records of the poor.
http://www.dimitri.8m.com/g_l.html - Dimitri's link is from here.
http://www.dimitri.8m.com/g_l.html - Dimitri's Surname Database.
http://dimitri.8m.com/surnames.html - has names alphabetically with region and town of origin.
- an authoratative site on searching for your Greek roots in Greece, including a 167-page manual and place-name book.
P.O. Box 902246, Sandy, Utah 84090,
- celebrity family trees.
Lawyers:http://www.legalcrossroad.com/continents/europe/greece/, www.lawyers.gr - slim pickings in English, but you can find 2 or 3.
shows,140 in Athens, or ask someone in Greece to recommend one.
http://dir.forthnet.gr/648-0-en.html - List of municipalties on line in Greece.
www.statistics.gr - National Statistical Service (census) +30 210 328 9000.
http://www.goarch.org/ - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
http://www.ecclesia.gr/ - Orthodox Church of Greece.
http://infoukes.com/culture/lemkos/genealogy/galiciapl.html - mariage and other records from Greek Catholic and Orthodox parishes.
http://www.patriarchate.org - Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople - for Greeks who lived in Turkey.
http://www.ime.gr - Organisation for Asia Minor Greeks - it has a database of names.
Many now make you pay to search, including census records. But they have free trials, so if you want to get in and out, perhaps that may be enough.
www.genealogy.com has a 14 day trial
http://olivetreegenealogy.com/ships/ - the site seemingly has every descent but Greek, i.e. ethnic immigration. You also have to key in an exact name, so if it changed....This also doesn't help much for Greek characters, the translations of which are stunning.
http://olivetreegenealogy.com/ships/tocanp01.shtml - can enter a surname for ships to Canada from 1400-1800.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~grcwgw/imig/1892c.txt - has the passenger lists for 1892 Greeks to America - first and last names, ages, and where they were from.
http://www.daddezio.com/genealogy/ships/index-gr.html - ship passenger arrivals. Has a search for ship names and over 890 passenger lists. You have to search by vessel or port.
http://www.immigrantships.net/index2.html - A better site - can do it by name as well.
http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/5767.htm - Passenger and Immigration Lists Index (PILI) which has immigration, passenger and naturalization records of people going to the US and Canada between the 16th and mid-20th centuries.
http://feefhs.org/gr/grrl/grrl.html - this one has some heart-wrenchers.
http://genforum.genealogy.com/greece/ - another one, also with good info like: "For everyone doing research on Chios families, visit the Koraes library basement Tuesday/THursday 9am-noon. The library is in Chios, in town (Hora), they are very helpful. I was there about 1.5 hours and they found me a bunch of dowry agreements/wills. You need to photograph them yourself (no photocopies & no flash)."
*Odyssey magazine is a brilliant magazine, originating in Greece, which chronicles people, places and events of the Greek Diaspora.
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