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Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to residents. Greek citizenship was generally extended by individual cities to certain of their inhabitants and did not pertain to the country as a whole. Until the twentieth century, only males of the middle or upper classes were granted citizenship. A citizen had privileges that included:

  • Rights to engage in business in a city
  • Protections under the law
  • Permission to reside in a city without being expelled

Citizenship records include information about the citizen, including names, ages, social and economic status, occupation and training, and, sometimes, birthplaces and relationships.

Naturalization, Immigrants and Surname Changes for Athens,1844–1899

The original citizenship books are generally kept by the city and may be found in city archives or city halls. Citizenship records from the GAK in Athens have been filmed:

  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumamechanges]1860-1862, 1870-1871, FHL film# 1038695
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumamechanges] 1871, 1873-1875, FHL film# 1038706
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumame changes] 1876, 1878, 1880, FHL film# 1038707
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumamechanges] 1880-1882, 1885, FHL film# 1038708
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumamechanges] 1885-1887, FHL film# 1038709
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumame changes] 1887-1888, FHL film# 1038710
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumamechanges] 1888-1889, FHL film# 1038711
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumamechanges] 1889-1890, FHL film# 1038712
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumamechanges] 1891-1892, FHL film# 1038713
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumame changes] 1892, FHL film# 1038714
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumame changes] 1893, FHL film# 1038714
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumamechanges] 1893-1894, FHL film# 1038715
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumame changes] 1894, FHL film# 1038715
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumame changes] 1894-1895, FHL film# 1038716
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumamechanges] 1895-1896, FHL film# 1038717
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumame changes] 1896-1897, FHL film# 1038718
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumamechanges] 1897-1898, FHL film# 1038719
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumame changes] 1898, FHL film# 1038720
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumame changes] 1898, FHL film# 1038721
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumame changes] 1898-1899, FHL film# 1038722
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumame changes] 1899, FHL film# 1038723
  • Amw/ég snaavopaav[Sumame changes] 1899, FHL film# 1038724



  • Mswvaotsiyostg [Emigrations/Immigrations] 1893, FHL film# 1038714
  • Mswvaotsiyostg [Emigrations/Immigrations] 1893-1894, FHL film# 1038715



  • Hokttoypa/,Dfios1g[Confirmations of Citizenships] 1845, 1848, 1851, FHL film# 1038686 2-4
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1851-1852, 1860, FHL film# 1038687
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1861-1862, 1864, FHL film#1038688
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1870-1874, FHL film# 1038696
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1875-1880, FHL film# 1038697
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1881, FHL film# 1038698
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1881-1882, FHL film# 1038699
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1883-1884, FHL film# 1038700
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1884-1885, FHL film# 1038701
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1885-1886, FHL film# 1038702
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1886-1887, FHL film# 1038703
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1887, FHL film# 1038704
  • Hokttoyptwfiosig [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1887-1888, FHL film# 1038705
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1888, FHL film# 1038689
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1888-1889, FHL film# 1038690
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1889-1890, FHL film# 1038691
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1890, FHL film# 1038692
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1890-1892, FHL film# 1038693
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1893, FHL film# 1038694
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1893, FHL film# 1038714
  • Hokttoypwfiostg [Confirmations of Citizenships] 1893-1894, FHL film# 1038715

U.S. Naturalization Records

Naturalization records in the United States may be an excellent source for determining the specific town or city where your ancestor was born, especially records after 1906. (See United States Naturalization and Citizenship and U.S. Naturalization Online Genealogy Records ).