Greek Genealogy: Where to Search Online for Records
Greek Genealogy is a world-shaper unto itself with videos, publications, and rich oral history. Everybody becomes Greek for a day at Greek music and food festivals. At one Greek genealogy Web site, you’ll learn that name days instead of birthdays are celebrated in
Greece according to “fairly rigid conventions.” Another helpful research tool in general, is the book, How to Start, Teach, & Franchise a Creative Genealogy Writing Class or Club.
The Internet has numerous Greek genealogy Web sites, some helping to re-unite numerous adoptees with their original families through genealogy research. To start your Greek genealogy search, one highly recommended book is, A History of the Greeks in the Americas 1453-1938. You can find it online at Amazon.com at this Web site. You’ll find an excellent publication on Greek genealogy titled: Greek Genealogy Publications by Lica H. Catsakis.
Also other highly recommend books on Greek genealogy include the following:
The Greeks in America
The Family in Greek History
Check out these Greek genealogy Web sites:
Hellenes-Diaspora Greek Genealogy
Begin your genealogy search with maps of your ancestor’s town, city, and neighborhood. For example, you’ll find an excellent source with Greek Genealogy Research, 2nd Edition (1993), 82 pages, with assistance from Dan Schlyter, and Greek Gazetteer, Volume 1 (1997), 120 pages, by Lica Catsakis.
It’s easier to find information on searching Greek genealogy than in some of the other countries of Eastern Europe and the Middle East that formerly were under the Ottoman Empire, except where fire destroyed records as it did in parts of Crete. At the Web site titled “Greece.com Society and Culture,” you’ll find “an extensive collection of links to web sites relevant to genealogical research, as well as, mailing lists, and articles relevant to Greek culture.”
What’s great about this Web site is that contains a description and list of the Greek genealogy sites. Also try the message board at: GreekFamilies.com. Look at the Hellenic Genealogy Web site. Also, you’ll find excellent Web sites on Greek (Hellenic) genealogy at Dimitri’s surname database.
You can search many Greek surnames there and their ancestral origins. For example, the Greek surname, Fotiadis comes from Thessalonikis in
Macedonia. So to look up the origin, note that the variant spellings of Photiades and Fotiadis are variations of the same name and search in both the “F” and the “P” files with the various spellings. On this surname database, it’s listed under “F.”
If your ancestors are Greek, chances are you’ve kept in contact with other Greek family members, unless you’re an adoptee or come from a family that has intermarried several generations back. Then here’s your chance to get in touch again. Go to the
ResearchCenter is a non-profit, voluntary, non governmental organization, helping adults adoptees with Greek roots to discover their origins.
RootsResearchCenter has information on orphanages in
Greece. Write to them at:
, Vyron, 16210,
Athens, Greece. They cooperate with all Founding houses of
Greece, Red Cross reunion section, International Social Service Greek section, Hellenes Diasporas and every other willing organization and offer “an independent mediation service where prospective adoptive parts, birth relatives can be helped to make cooperative arrangements about contact.”
There are many Greek children who were adopted by families in many different countries, including the
USA. Some of them don’t have written records or adoption files. If you want to meet your birth family or find out more about your Greek roots, you should know that some Greek families who want to find descendants of adopted children can’t find missing members because they can’t afford to pay for research in other nations. If this is your genealogy research project, feel free to contact the
RootsResearchCenter at: 56 PANEPISTIMIOU STR 104 31, in
Athens, or at their Confidential Address, P.O
, 16210 Gr.
Where Else Can You Search Greek Genealogy?
In New York, Astoria has one of the largest Greek communities, with more than 30,000 Greek-Americans, including Greek orthodox-oriented high schools, elementary schools, numerous churches, community food stores and restaurants, and lots of contacts if your Greek roots (or those of your clients) start in Astoria, New York, Queens, Forest Hills, and the surrounding communities. See, Consortium of Hellenic Studies Librarians.
Also check out various universities dedicated to Greek studies, such as Greek orthodox studies. In Sacramento, you’ll find a large Greek studies, history, and language department on the 3rd floor of the library at California State University, Sacramento. See the The Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection and Hellenic Studies in the Western United States. Also check out associations such as the Modern Greek Studies Association.
Helpful articles for those interested in Greek genealogy combined with Modern Greek Studies
“The Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection at California State University, Sacramento: A Beacon of Hellenism in the Western United States,” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 26:1 (2008) 19-27 (requires access to Project Muse to view on-line).
“Creating an Index to Modern Greek Studies,” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 26:1 (2008) 79-89(requires access to Project Muse to view on-line).
ALA’s Guide to Reference, 12th ed. Entries include “National Bibliography–Greece,” “National Bibliography–Cyprus,” and interdisciplinary entries related to Hellenic studies.
Modern Greek Studies Association
Schools colleges universities with Greek Language majors in USA
The Modern Greek Program at The University of Arizona