Imathia County, Greece Genealogy
Guide to Imathia County ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
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- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Municipalities
- 4 Municipal Archives
- 5 Greek National Archives and Imathia Archives
- 6 Greek Orthodox Church Records
- 7 How to Read the Records
History[edit | edit source]
Imathia is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of Central Macedonia. The capital of Imathia is the city of Veroia.
Geography[edit | edit source]
As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Imathia was created out of the former prefecture Imathia. The prefecture had the same territory as the present regional unit. At the same time, the municipalities were reorganized, according to the table below. The regional unit borders on Pieria to the south, Kozani to the west, Pella to the north and Thessaloniki to the east. Imathia, Wikipedia
Municipalities[edit | edit source]
Most of the research you do will be at the municipality level, by contacting the Mayor's Office of the municipality.
Villages[edit | edit source]
Municipal Archives[edit | edit source]
Quite comprehensive records for your family, perhaps for several generations, are kept by the mayor's office of each municipality. Civil registers of birth, marriage, and death since 1925 are kept there. In addition, an important record, unique to Greece, the Dimologion is similar to a "family group record". Census records, contracts, and other records can be found.
Information About Important Records in Municipality Archives[edit | edit source]
Click on the links for an explanation on the types of records you will look for at the municipality level.
Writing to Municipal Archives[edit | edit source]
Greek National Archives and Imathia Archives[edit | edit source]
Imathia Archives[edit | edit source]
Writing to the Greek National Archives (GAK) or the Imathia Office of the GAK[edit | edit source]
Again, not all records will be online. You can write and request searches for records. Instructions, form letters, and their translations are found here.
Greek Orthodox Church Records[edit | edit source]
Important Church Records[edit | edit source]
Writing to a Diocese[edit | edit source]
Records may be either at the diocese archives or still at the local parish church. Usually only the most recent records are still at the parish.
Information on addressing the letter, enclosing money, and a form letter in Greek, with its English translation are found in this .pdf:
How to Read the Records[edit | edit source]
You do not have to be fluent in Greek to read and understand these records! Only a few vocabulary words are involved. True, the alphabet is different. But you learned one alphabet, and you can learn another alphabet!