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*General Archives of Greece (GAK)  
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==Introduction==
*County Offices  
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*District Offices  
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In Greece there are several types of genealogical repositories:
*Municipal archives  
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*Local vital record offices  
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*General Archives of Greece (GAK)
*Military archives  
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*County Offices
*Church archives  
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*District Offices
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*Municipal archives
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*Local vital record offices
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*Military archives
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*Church archives
 
*Other libraries (public and academic)
 
*Other libraries (public and academic)
  
=== General Archives of Greece (GAK). ===
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==Archives==
  
Genika Archeia tou Kratous)  
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===General Archives of Greece (GAK)===
  
Some have translated the title for this archive as the “National Historical Archives.” The Greek government collects records relating to Greek history, culture, and people. Records of genealogical value at general archives include:
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*[http://www.gak.gr '''Genika Archeia tou Kratous (GAK or GSA)''')]
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*[[Media:GAK - How to Navigate.pdf|'''How to Navigate the Greek National Archives.''']]
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*[http://arxeiomnimon.gak.gr/ '''Online Records of GAK''']
  
*Church records  
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Known as ''Genika Archeia tou Kratous''. Some have translated the title for this archive as the “National Historical Archives.” The Greek government collects records relating to Greek history, culture, and people. Records of genealogical value at general archives include:
*Civil registration  
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*Passports  
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*Church records
*School records  
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*Civil registration
*Immigration records and declaration of domicile records from the mid-nineteenth century  
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*Passports
*Pension and marriage records of military officers  
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*School records
*Notarial company records  
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*Immigration records and declaration of domicile records from the mid-nineteenth century
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*Pension and marriage records of military officers
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*Notarial company records
 
*Microfilm copies of many of the records at this archive are available at the Family History Library. The central archives of the General Archives of Greece is located at the following address:
 
*Microfilm copies of many of the records at this archive are available at the Family History Library. The central archives of the General Archives of Greece is located at the following address:
  
:Genika Archeia Tou Kratous <br>Megaron Akadimias <br>odos Eleftheriou Venizelou 28 <br>10679 Athens GREECE <br>Tel: (01) 362-7781 <br>Fax: (01) 362-7781 <br>http://arxeiomnimon.gak.gr/index.html
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'''Branches of the General Archives of Greece'''  
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:'''Genika Archeia Tou Kratous'''<br>Megaron Akadimias<br>odos Eleftheriou Venizelou 28<br>10679 Athens GREECE<br>Tel: (01) 362-7781<br>Fax: (01) 362-7781<br>
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====Writing to the Greek National Archives====
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Includes the General Archives of Greece and the Greek State Archives. Information on addressing the letter, enclosing money, and a form letter in Greek, with its English translation are found in this .pdf:
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<br>
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*[[Media:Lica Catsakis Form Letters to the Greek National Archives (GAK).pdf|'''Form Letters to the Greek National Archives (GAK)''']]
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**Requesting Birth information
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**Requesting Marriage information
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**Requesting information about the family structure and death of an ancestor
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**Follow up Thank You letter
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====Branches of the GAK====
  
 
Branches of the General Archives of Greece (GAK) collect records within the area they serve. These branches may include the area of a county, island, or large city. These branches are usually located in the capital of a district (Eparhia). To find out where the branch of the GAK for a particular area is located, inquiries can be sent to the central offices listed above.  
 
Branches of the General Archives of Greece (GAK) collect records within the area they serve. These branches may include the area of a county, island, or large city. These branches are usually located in the capital of a district (Eparhia). To find out where the branch of the GAK for a particular area is located, inquiries can be sent to the central offices listed above.  
  
=== County Offices (Nomarheion)  ===
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*A list of GAK branches with addresses, email addresses, phone and fax numbers can be found here:  [http://www.gak.gr/index.php/el/tilefona-diefthynseis '''GAK Branches''']. (Page is in Greek; right-click to translate into English).
 
 
Greece is divided into 53 counties (Nomos). Each county has an office and an archive. The archives include duplicates of some records of the municipal archives. These include copies of the male registers used for military recruitment.  
 
  
=== District Offices (Eparheion) ===
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===District Offices (''Eparheion'')===
  
 
Each county is further subdivided into districts (Eparhia). Various records are found in these archives. These may include duplicates of municipal records.  
 
Each county is further subdivided into districts (Eparhia). Various records are found in these archives. These may include duplicates of municipal records.  
  
=== Municipal/Community Archives ===
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===Municipal/Community Archives (''Dimotika'')===
 
 
Dimotika/Koinotika Archeia)
 
  
In Greece each municipality or community has its own archives under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Interior (Ypourgeion Esoterikon). These are located in the town or city halls. They serve as local repositories for records pertaining to their particular areas. Among the records of genealogical value at municipal archives are the following:  
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Also called ''Koinotika Archeia''. In Greece each municipality or community has its own archives under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Interior (''Ypourgeion Esoterikon''). These are located in the town or city halls. They serve as local repositories for records pertaining to their particular areas. Among the records of genealogical value at municipal archives are the following:  
  
 
*Male and Female Registers
 
*Male and Female Registers
*Birth, marriage, and death records  
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*Birth, marriage, and death records
*Town registers  
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*Town registers
*Book of Municipal Personnel  
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*Book of Municipal Personnel
*Book of Relatives of Deceased Persons  
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*Book of Relatives of Deceased Persons
 
*Family status records (oikogeneiaki katastasis)
 
*Family status records (oikogeneiaki katastasis)
  
 
The municipal archives of Greece are not open to the public. You may be granted special permission to search these records from the mayor or the clerk. This will vary from one archive to another.  
 
The municipal archives of Greece are not open to the public. You may be granted special permission to search these records from the mayor or the clerk. This will vary from one archive to another.  
  
When writing to the municipal or community archives, you will not need a street address as there is only one office in each town and it is understood where this is located.  
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When writing to the municipal or community archives, you will not need a street address as there is only one office in each town and it is understood where this is located.
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<br>
  
=== (Local) Civil Records Offices  ===
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*[http://www.ypes.gr/el/Regions/Aytodioikhsh/StatesMunicipalities/ '''Municipality (Town Hall) addresses''']
  
(Lixiarheion)
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#Click on a region.
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#Click on a prefecture.
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#Click on a municipality.
  
In 1925 a separate office was created for keeping vital records—records of births, marriages, and deaths. In larger cities, these offices often have their own buildings. In smaller towns they are often found in the town halls (municipal or community offices).  
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====Writing to the Mayor of a Municipality====
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Information on addressing the letter, enclosing money, and a form letter in Greek, with its English translation are found in this .pdf:<br>
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<br>
  
The civil registry office in Athens has copies of some births, marriages, and deaths from 1859; however, the records in these offices generally begin in 1925. The first years after these offices began not every person was recorded, but later the records became more complete. For more information about these offices and their records, see [[Greece Civil Registration- Vital Records]].
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*[[Media:Lica Catsakis Form Letters to the Mayor of a Municipality.pdf|'''Form Letters to the Mayor of a Municipality''']]
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**Asking for a Birth record
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**Asking for a Death record
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**Asking for Family Structure
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**Follow up Thank You letter
  
Census records may be found at the National Statistics Service:
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===Local Civil Records Offices (''Lixiarcheion'')===
  
Ypourgeio Esoterikon <br>Statistiki Ypiresia <br>Euaggelistrias 2 <br>Athens, GREECE
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In 1925 a separate office was created for keeping vital records—records of births, marriages, and deaths. In larger cities, these offices often have their own buildings. In smaller towns they are often found in the town halls (municipal or community offices).  
 
 
However only statistical results of the census are available at this location. Original census records where names of residents by families are listed may only be found at some local GAK Historical Archives.  The Town Registers can serve as substitutes of census records.
 
  
=== Military Archives  ===
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The civil registry office in Athens has copies of some births, marriages, and deaths from 1859; however, the records in these offices generally begin in 1925. The first years after these offices began not every person was recorded, but later the records became more complete. For more information about these offices and their records, see [[Greece Civil Registration]].
  
(Stratiotika Arheia)  
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===Military Archives (''Stratiotika'')===
  
 
Military archives include various types of information, including pension, recruiting, and so on. The recruiting records are particularly valuable as they include a register of all males by year of birth. You may need to write to the recruiting office of the Ministry of Defense main office for information as to the location of these records in local archives:  
 
Military archives include various types of information, including pension, recruiting, and so on. The recruiting records are particularly valuable as they include a register of all males by year of birth. You may need to write to the recruiting office of the Ministry of Defense main office for information as to the location of these records in local archives:  
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The Greek Government Gazette (Efimeris tis Kyverniseos) has recruiting lists with information for each person, such as birthplace, father's name, and year of being responsible for duty.  Serving in the armed forces was and still is mandatory in Greece.  The age for being responsible for duty is 21 years old.  Many issues of the Government Gazette have been microfilmed by the Family History Library, and are listed under locality search - Greece, at FamilySearch.org.
 
The Greek Government Gazette (Efimeris tis Kyverniseos) has recruiting lists with information for each person, such as birthplace, father's name, and year of being responsible for duty.  Serving in the armed forces was and still is mandatory in Greece.  The age for being responsible for duty is 21 years old.  Many issues of the Government Gazette have been microfilmed by the Family History Library, and are listed under locality search - Greece, at FamilySearch.org.
  
=== Diocese Archives ===
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===Diocese Archives (''Ierá Mitropolis'')===
 
 
(Iera Mitropolis)
 
  
 
Greek Orthodox church records of marriages are kept in bishops’ offices (episkopi). A church officer called a metropolite is over a diocese (mitropolis). There are 77 dioceses in Greece. Besides these, there is an archdiocese in Athens and in Crete, and an Exarchate on Patmos. You should write any request for information directly to the metropolite of the local diocese. For best results, keep the request simple. See [[Greece Church Records]]. The address for the archdiocese in Athens is:  
 
Greek Orthodox church records of marriages are kept in bishops’ offices (episkopi). A church officer called a metropolite is over a diocese (mitropolis). There are 77 dioceses in Greece. Besides these, there is an archdiocese in Athens and in Crete, and an Exarchate on Patmos. You should write any request for information directly to the metropolite of the local diocese. For best results, keep the request simple. See [[Greece Church Records]]. The address for the archdiocese in Athens is:  
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:Greek Orthodox Archdiocese <br>21 Agias Filotheis Street <br>Athens <br>GREECE
 
:Greek Orthodox Archdiocese <br>21 Agias Filotheis Street <br>Athens <br>GREECE
  
For addresses to other dioceses, you do not need a street address. Addressing the letter to the city where the diocese is located will be sufficient. See [[Greece Gazetteers]] and [[Greece Genealogy]] for more information.  
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For addresses to other dioceses, you do not need a street address. Addressing the letter to the city where the diocese is located will be sufficient. See [[Greece Gazetteers]] and [[Greece Genealogy]] for more information.
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====Form Letter====
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Information on addressing the letter, enclosing money, and a form letter in Greek, with its English translation are found in this .pdf:<br><br>
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*[[Media:Lica Catsakis Form Letter to a Diocese.pdf|'''Form Letter to a Diocese''']]
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**Asking for a Marriage record
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**Follow up Thank You letter
  
=== Other Libraries ===
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==Libraries==
  
 
Some of the sources you will want to use are also available in major libraries in Greece and in other countries. Contact these libraries and ask about their collections, hours, services, and fees.  
 
Some of the sources you will want to use are also available in major libraries in Greece and in other countries. Contact these libraries and ask about their collections, hours, services, and fees.  
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:National Library of Greece <br>Odos Eleftheriou Venizelou <br>Athens <br>GREECE
 
:National Library of Greece <br>Odos Eleftheriou Venizelou <br>Athens <br>GREECE
  
The National Library has a collection of published genealogies, manuscripts, histories, directories, maps, and newspapers.  
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The National Library has a collection of published genealogies, manuscripts, histories, directories, maps, and newspapers.
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<br>
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*[http://anemi.lib.uoc.gr/ Digital Library of Modern Greek Studies, Anemi (Greek Almanac of 1837)]
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==Websites==
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*[https://www.archivesportaleurope.net/topics Archives Portal Europe] provides access to information on archival material from Greece as well as information on archival institutions throughout the European continent.
  
 
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[[Category:Greece Archives and Libraries]]

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

In Greece there are several types of genealogical repositories:

  • General Archives of Greece (GAK)
  • County Offices
  • District Offices
  • Municipal archives
  • Local vital record offices
  • Military archives
  • Church archives
  • Other libraries (public and academic)

Archives[edit | edit source]

General Archives of Greece (GAK)[edit | edit source]

Known as Genika Archeia tou Kratous. Some have translated the title for this archive as the “National Historical Archives.” The Greek government collects records relating to Greek history, culture, and people. Records of genealogical value at general archives include:

  • Church records
  • Civil registration
  • Passports
  • School records
  • Immigration records and declaration of domicile records from the mid-nineteenth century
  • Pension and marriage records of military officers
  • Notarial company records
  • Microfilm copies of many of the records at this archive are available at the Family History Library. The central archives of the General Archives of Greece is located at the following address:


Genika Archeia Tou Kratous
Megaron Akadimias
odos Eleftheriou Venizelou 28
10679 Athens GREECE
Tel: (01) 362-7781
Fax: (01) 362-7781

Writing to the Greek National Archives[edit | edit source]

Includes the General Archives of Greece and the Greek State Archives. Information on addressing the letter, enclosing money, and a form letter in Greek, with its English translation are found in this .pdf:

Branches of the GAK[edit | edit source]

Branches of the General Archives of Greece (GAK) collect records within the area they serve. These branches may include the area of a county, island, or large city. These branches are usually located in the capital of a district (Eparhia). To find out where the branch of the GAK for a particular area is located, inquiries can be sent to the central offices listed above.

  • A list of GAK branches with addresses, email addresses, phone and fax numbers can be found here: GAK Branches. (Page is in Greek; right-click to translate into English).

District Offices (Eparheion)[edit | edit source]

Each county is further subdivided into districts (Eparhia). Various records are found in these archives. These may include duplicates of municipal records.

Municipal/Community Archives (Dimotika)[edit | edit source]

Also called Koinotika Archeia. In Greece each municipality or community has its own archives under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Interior (Ypourgeion Esoterikon). These are located in the town or city halls. They serve as local repositories for records pertaining to their particular areas. Among the records of genealogical value at municipal archives are the following:

  • Male and Female Registers
  • Birth, marriage, and death records
  • Town registers
  • Book of Municipal Personnel
  • Book of Relatives of Deceased Persons
  • Family status records (oikogeneiaki katastasis)

The municipal archives of Greece are not open to the public. You may be granted special permission to search these records from the mayor or the clerk. This will vary from one archive to another.

When writing to the municipal or community archives, you will not need a street address as there is only one office in each town and it is understood where this is located.

  1. Click on a region.
  2. Click on a prefecture.
  3. Click on a municipality.

Writing to the Mayor of a Municipality[edit | edit source]

Information on addressing the letter, enclosing money, and a form letter in Greek, with its English translation are found in this .pdf:

Local Civil Records Offices (Lixiarcheion)[edit | edit source]

In 1925 a separate office was created for keeping vital records—records of births, marriages, and deaths. In larger cities, these offices often have their own buildings. In smaller towns they are often found in the town halls (municipal or community offices).

The civil registry office in Athens has copies of some births, marriages, and deaths from 1859; however, the records in these offices generally begin in 1925. The first years after these offices began not every person was recorded, but later the records became more complete. For more information about these offices and their records, see Greece Civil Registration.

Military Archives (Stratiotika)[edit | edit source]

Military archives include various types of information, including pension, recruiting, and so on. The recruiting records are particularly valuable as they include a register of all males by year of birth. You may need to write to the recruiting office of the Ministry of Defense main office for information as to the location of these records in local archives:

Stratologiko Grafeio
Ag. Paraskeuis
Grafeio Koinou
Ag. Paraskeui, Athens
GREECE

The Greek Government Gazette (Efimeris tis Kyverniseos) has recruiting lists with information for each person, such as birthplace, father's name, and year of being responsible for duty. Serving in the armed forces was and still is mandatory in Greece. The age for being responsible for duty is 21 years old. Many issues of the Government Gazette have been microfilmed by the Family History Library, and are listed under locality search - Greece, at FamilySearch.org.

Diocese Archives (Ierá Mitropolis)[edit | edit source]

Greek Orthodox church records of marriages are kept in bishops’ offices (episkopi). A church officer called a metropolite is over a diocese (mitropolis). There are 77 dioceses in Greece. Besides these, there is an archdiocese in Athens and in Crete, and an Exarchate on Patmos. You should write any request for information directly to the metropolite of the local diocese. For best results, keep the request simple. See Greece Church Records. The address for the archdiocese in Athens is:

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
21 Agias Filotheis Street
Athens
GREECE

For addresses to other dioceses, you do not need a street address. Addressing the letter to the city where the diocese is located will be sufficient. See Greece Gazetteers and Greece Genealogy for more information.

Form Letter[edit | edit source]

Information on addressing the letter, enclosing money, and a form letter in Greek, with its English translation are found in this .pdf:

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Some of the sources you will want to use are also available in major libraries in Greece and in other countries. Contact these libraries and ask about their collections, hours, services, and fees.

National Library of Greece
Odos Eleftheriou Venizelou
Athens
GREECE

The National Library has a collection of published genealogies, manuscripts, histories, directories, maps, and newspapers.

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Archives Portal Europe provides access to information on archival material from Greece as well as information on archival institutions throughout the European continent.