Family History Research in Greece, 3rd edition

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  • Catsakis, Lica. Family History Research in Greece, 3rd edition. Phoenix, Arizona: 2010.


TABLE OF CONTENTS[edit | edit source]

Chapter headings are clickable links. ACKNOWLEDGMENT .....................................................................................................

INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................ xi

FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH....................................................................................... 1

Chapter 1 BEGINNING YOUR RESEARCH[edit | edit source]

A. Before you begin research you need to....................................................................... 2

1. Know the exact place of origin.......................................................................... 2
2. Know the exact Greek name ............................................................................ 2
3. Know the Dimos/Koinotis.................................................................................. 2
4. Know basics about............................................................................................ 2
a. Greek History............................................................................................... 2
b. Greek Migration........................................................................................... 2
d. The Greek language ................................................................................... 2

B. Write down the information you have........................................................................... 2

1. Using a computer software............................................................................... 3
2. Using printed forms........................................................................................... 3
3. How to record the information .......................................................................... 3

C. Writing Greek Names................................................................................................... 3

Names of persons ................................................................................................ 4
Names of towns.................................................................................................... 4

D. Searching for information ............................................................................................ 4

Survey of Previous Research................................................................................ 5
1. Ask relatives................................................................................................ 5
2. The Internet................................................................................................. 5
3. The Family History Library........................................................................... 5
4. Is it your family? .......................................................................................... 6

E. Beginning Original Research ....................................................................................... 6

Research in the U.S.A. ............................................................................................... 6
Research in Pontus, Asia Minor, East Thrace, and other areas of Turkey.................. 7
Research in Cyprus, Albania, and Hungary ............................................................... 7
Research in Europe, Africa, Australia, and South America etc. ................................. 7

Chapter 2 SOURCES FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH[edit | edit source]

Where to look for information and what to look for............................................................ 9

1. Records.............................................................................................................. 9
Record Keeping ............................................................................................... 9
Types of Records ........................................................................................... 10
a. Church Records.................................................................................... 10
b. Civil Records ........................................................................................ 11
c. Military Records.................................................................................... 13
How were records kept and what to expect .................................................. 14
How to use the records...................................................................................15
How to search records when you do not know Greek ...................................16
Where can you find the records you need......................................................17
2. Archives........................................................................................................... 18
3. Libraries........................................................................................................... 19
The Family History Library............................................................................. 19
Records Collection................................................................................... 20
Patron Resources..................................................................................... 21
Personnel.................................................................................................. 21
Family History Centers.............................................................................. 21
Education ................................................................................................. 21
Microfilms.................................................................................................. 22
Books........................................................................................................ 23
Maps......................................................................................................... 23
Family History Library Catalog.................................................................. 23
Other Libraries................................................................................................ 24
4. The Internet ..................................................................................................... 25
5. Books............................................................................................................... 25
6. Newspapers of Towns...................................................................................... 26
7. Government Gazette ....................................................................................... 26
8. Relatives........................................................................................................... 27
Relationships.................................................................................................. 27
Interviewing Relatives.................................................................................... 30
9. Photographs.................................................................................................... 30
10. Icons [pictures of saints]................................................................................ 31
11. Organizations................................................................................................. 31
Genealogical Societies................................................................................... 31
Greek Societies ............................................................................................. 31

Samples of records......................................................................................................... 32--38

Chapter 3 GREEK HISTORY[edit | edit source]

Greece - Hellas................................................................................................... 45
History Map of Greece ....................................................................................... 52

Chapter 4 MORE ABOUT GREECE[edit | edit source]

The Land........................................................................................................................ 55

Religion ......................................................................................................................... 55

Ethnic Groups................................................................................................................ 55

Turks........................................................................................................................ 56
Slavs........................................................................................................................ 56
Vlachs ..................................................................................................................... 56
Albanians ................................................................................................................ 57
Armenians............................................................................................................... 57
Jews........................................................................................................................ 57
Gypsies................................................................................................................... 58

Administrative Structure .............................................................................................. 58

Administrative Map of Greece ..................................................................................... 60

Regions: ........................................................................................................... 61
Counties: .......................................................................................................... 61
Capital Cities of Counties.................................................................................. 62
Capital Cities of Districts................................................................................... 63

Chapter 5 GREEK MIGRATION[edit | edit source]

Greek Migration............................................................................................................ 67

Chapter 6 LOCATING PLACES IN GREECE[edit | edit source]

Names of Places .......................................................................................................... 71

Gazetteers.................................................................................................................... 71

Variations of Names of Places .................................................................................... 75

Chapter 7 CHURCHES AND RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS[edit | edit source]

In Greece..................................................................................................................... 77

Eκκλησία της Ελλάδoς [Church of Greece] .................................................. 77
Catholic Church ............................................................................................... 77
Baptist Church ................................................................................................. 78
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.............................................. 78
Evangelical Church........................................................................................... 78
Jehovah Witnesses........................................................................................... 78
Jewish Synagogues ......................................................................................... 78

Orthodox Churches in Other Countries........................................................................ 78

America - Archdiocese of America - Greek Orthodox Church ......................... 78
Cyprus - Church of Cyprus............................................................................... 78
Turkey - Ecumenical Patriarchate..................................................................... 79

Addresses of Dioceses, Archdioceses and Patriarchate.............................................. 80

Chapter 8 RESEARCH BY MAIL[edit | edit source]

Letter Writing ............................................................................................................... 93

Before You Write............................................................................................... 93
Relatives........................................................................................................... 93
Greetings.................................................................................................... 94
Closings...................................................................................................... 94
Town Halls, GAK Archives, and Dioceses ....................................................... 95
Addresses........................................................................................................ 96
Cost ................................................................................................................. 97
What to Expect................................................................................................. 97

Sample Letter to a Relative ........................................................................................ 98

Introducing Yourself......................................................................................... 98
Translation ................................................................................................ 98
Requesting Information .................................................................................. 99
Translation ................................................................................................ 99

Instructions for Family Questionnaire........................................................................ 100
Instructions for Form Letters..................................................................................... 100
Family Questionnaire ................................................................................................ 101
Form Letters.............................................................................................................. 102
Letter to a Mayor.

Asking for a Birth record (English translation) .............................................. 102
Form letter in Greek................................................................................. 103
Asking for a Death record (English translation)............................................. 104
Form letter in Greek................................................................................. 105
Asking for Family Structure (English translation) .......................................... 106
Form letter in Greek................................................................................. 107

Letter to a Diocese

Asking for a Marriage record (English translation)........................................ 108
Form letter in Greek................................................................................. 109

Letter to the General Archives of Greece (ΓΑΚ)

Requesting Birth information (English translation)......................................... 110
Form letter in Greek.................................................................................. 111
Requesting Marriage information (English translation) ................................. 112
Form letter in Greek................................................................................. 113
Requesting information about the family structure and death of an ancestor
(English translation)...................................................................................... 114
Form letter in Greek................................................................................ 115

Follow up letter (English translation)........................................................................ 116

Form letter in Greek............................................................................................ 117

Chapter 9 LEARN ABOUT NAMES[edit | edit source]

Given Names......................................................................................................... 119

Naming children......................................................................................... 119
Given names indicating place of origin ..................................................... 120
Name changes in adulthood...................................................................... 120
Variations of given names ......................................................................... 120

Middle Names ...................................................................................................... 120
Surnames ............................................................................................................. 121

History of Surnames .................................................................................. 121
Surnames in Greece ................................................................................. 122
How are Surnames Formed....................................................................... 123
Endings that indicate the place of origin.................................................... 125

Grammar and Surnames....................................................................................... 125

Chapter 10 THE LANGUAGE[edit | edit source]

It’s All Greek to Me ............................................................................................... 127

How to Work With the Language .......................................................................... 127

The Alphabet ........................................................................................................ 128

Diacritic Marks ................................................................................................ 128

About Transliteration ............................................................................................. 129

Transliteration Chart – The Simple Transliteration System........................ 130

Pronunciation......................................................................................................... 131

Diphthongs....................................................................................................... 131
Digraphs........................................................................................................... 131

The Handwriting..................................................................................................... 132

Grammar ............................................................................................................... 132

Greek Genealogical Word List............................................................................... 133

Key Words........................................................................................................ 133
Words Indicating Relation ................................................................................ 133
Words Indicating Birth ...................................................................................... 133
Words Indicating Status of Birth ....................................................................... 133
Words Indicating Baptism ................................................................................. 134
Words Indicating Marriage ................................................................................ 134
Words Indicating Death ..................................................................................... 134
Colorful Expressions for death .......................................................................... 134
Words Indicating Burial...................................................................................... 134
Words Indicating Types of Records .................................................................. 134

General Words......................................................................................................... 135

Chapter 11 NUMBERS AND UNITS OF TIME[edit | edit source]

Numbers ................................................................................................................. 139

Numbers in Numerical Order............................................................................. 139
Cardinal Numbers in Alphabetical Order .......................................................... 140
Ordinal Numbers in Alphabetical Order............................................................. 140
Numbers in Alphabetic Form............................................................................. 141

Units of Time........................................................................................................... 141

Days of the Week.............................................................................................. 141
Months............................................................................................................... 141

Appendix A GLOSSARY[edit | edit source]

Greek Words........................................................................................................... 143

English Words......................................................................................................... 145

Appendix B GREEK GIVEN NAMES, THEIR VARIATIONS, ENGLISH EQUIVALENTS AND NAME DAYS[edit | edit source]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR[edit | edit source]