Karditsa County, Greece Genealogy

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History

Karditsa is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of Thessaly. Its name is derived from its capital Karditsa.
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Geography

Karditsa (Greek: Περιφερειακή ενότητα Καρδίτσας) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of Thessaly. Its name is derived from its capital Karditsa, a small city of approximately 40,000 people. Karditsa was created as a prefecture (Greek: Νομός Καρδίτσας) in 1899, and again in 1947. As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Karditsa was created out of the former prefecture Karditsa. The prefecture had the same territory as the present regional unit. At the same time, the municipalities were reorganised, according to the table below. Kardista, Wikipedia

Municipalities

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. Argithea Argithea
Anatoliki Argithea
Acheloos
1. Karditsa Karditsa
Itamos
Kallifoni
Kampos
Mitropoli
3. Lake Plastiras
(Limni Plastiras)
Plastiras
Nevropoli Agrafon
4. Mouzaki Mouzaki
Ithomi
Pamisos
5. Palamas Palamas
Sellana
Fyllo
6. Sofades Sofades
Arni
Menelaida
Rentina
Tamasio

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Villages

Municipal Archives

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

Click on the links for an explanation on the types of records you will look for at the municipality level.

Writing to Municipal Archives

Greek National Archives and Karditsa Archives

  • 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

Karditsa Archives

Nomos Karditsa
Terma Eptanisou
Karditsa 43100
Greece

Tel.: 24410 -71631
Fax.: 24410 - 73780
E-mail: gaknk@otenet.gr or mail@gak.kar.sch.gr


Writing to the Greek National Archives (GAK) or the Karditsa Office of the GAK

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

Important Church Records

  • 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

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

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!