Kavala County, Greece Genealogy

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Guide to Kavala County ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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History[edit | edit source]

Kavala is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of East Macedonia and Thrace. Its capital is the city of Kavala. Kavala regional unit is the easternmost within the geographical region of Macedonia.

Kavala (Wikipedia)

Geography[edit | edit source]

Kavala is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of East Macedonia and Thrace. Its capital is the city of Kavala. As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the former Kavala County was transformed into a regional unit within the East Macedonia and Thrace region. The prefecture also included the island of Thasos, which became a separate regional unit. Kavala, 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.

New municipality Old municipalities
1 - Kavala Kavala
2 - Nestos Chrysoupoli
3 - Pangaio Pangaio
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Villages[edit | edit source]

  • List of villages in Kavala County
  • List of former toponyms in Kavala Prefecture Village names during the Ottoman Empire, etc. Many settlements in Macedonia region in Northern Greece had Greek and non-Greek forms. Most of those names were in use during the multinational environment of the Ottoman Empire. Some of the forms were identifiably of Greek origin, others of Slavic, yet others of Turkish or more obscure origins.

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 are kept there. In addition, an important record, unique to Greece, the Dimologion is an actual "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 Kavala Regional Archives of the GAK[edit | edit source]

  • The Greek National Archives (GAK or GSA) has a central office in Athens, and local offices throughout Greece. These offices have copies of Male Registers, Town (Resident) Registers, School Records, and other documents of interest to family historians. Civil registers are not preserved in the Central Service (CS). Some records are online. Others are not online, but the staff will search them for you upon request.

General State Archives (GSC)
Dafni 61
15452 Psychiko

Phone:+30 210-6782200
FAX:+30 210-6782215

Kavala Archives[edit | edit source]

Nomos Kavalas
Metropolis 1 & Palaeologos
PO 1158
654 03 Kavala

Tel: 2510-232697
Fax: 2510-232697
Email: mail@gak.kav.sch.gr

Important Records of the Kavala Archives[edit | edit source]

  • Mathilogio, gives student, birth date, birthplace, father's occupation
    • School records, File #001, 1919-1930
    • School records, File #002, 1929-1933
    • School records, File #003, 1932-1933
    • School records, File #004, 1933-1935
    • School records, File #005, 1935-1937
    • School records, File #006, 1937-1945
    • School records, File #007, 1945-1948
    • School records, File #008, 1948-1952
  • Mathologio
    • School records, File #35, 1938-1941
    • School records, File #36, 1944-1949
    • School records, File #37, 1949-1957
  • Mathologio
    • Limenari, Thassos school records, File #002, 1922-1941
  • Dowries, 1864-1889
  • Dowries, 1896-1904
  • Dowries, 1904-1914
  • Wills, 1896-1913
  • Land sale contracts, 1885-1912

Writing to the Greek National Archives (GAK) or the Kavala 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]

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.

Important Church Records[edit | edit source]

  • Book of Births: date of birth, place of birth, gender, name, surname, father’s name, date of baptism, godfather and priest, notes
  • Book of Marriages: date of marriage, groom’s name, groom’s age, groom’s father’s name, groom’s mother’s name, bride’s name, bride’s age, bride’s father’s name, bride’s mother’s name, priest, place of birth, notes
  • Book of Deaths: date of death, name of the deceased, father’s name, age, notes

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!