Thessaloniki County, Greece Genealogy

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Guide to Thessaloniki 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]

Thessaloniki is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the Region of Central Macedonia and its capital is the city of Thessaloniki.
The area of the Thessaloniki regional unit joined the rest of Greece in 1912, during the First Balkan War.

Thessaloniki (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
2. Ampelokipoi-Menemeni Ampelokipoi
Menemeni
13. Chalkidona Chalkidona
Agios Athanasios
Koufalia
4. Delta Axios
Echedoros
Chalastra
7. Kalamaria Kalamaria
8. Kordelio-Evosmos Eleftherio-Kordelio
Evosmos
9. Lagkadas Lagkadas
Assiros
Vertiskos
Kallindoia
Koroneia
Lachanas
Sochos
10. Neapoli-Sykies Neapoli
Agios Pavlos
Pefka
Sykies
New municipality Old municipalities
14. Oraiokastro Oraiokastro
Kallithea
Mygdonia
11. Pavlos Melas Efkarpia
Polichni
Stavroupoli
12. Pylaia-Chortiatis Panorama
Pylaia
Chortiatis
5. Thermaikos Thermaikos
Epanomi
Michaniona
6. Thermi Thermi
Vasilika
Mikra
1. Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
Triandria
3. Volvi Rentina
Agios Georgios
Apollonia
Arethousa
Egnatia
Madytos

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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 Historical Archives of Macedonia[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
Greece

Phone:+30 210-6782200
FAX:+30 210-6782215
E-mail:archives@gak.gr

Archives for Thessaloniki[edit | edit source]

Historical Archives of Macedonia
Address: Al. Papanastasiou 21
P.O. 18001
546 39 Thessaloniki
Greece

Tel. 2310 855255
Fax: 2310 868186


Writing to the Greek National Archives (GAK) or the Historical Archives of Macedonia[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]

  • 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

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:

Neapolis and Stavroupolis

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!