Kastoria County, Greece Genealogy

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History

Kastoria is one of the 74 regional units of Greece and is part of the region of Western Macedonia. Its capital is the homonymous city of Kastoria.
Kastoria was created as a prefecture in 1941. As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Kastoria was created out of the former prefecture Kastoria. The prefecture had the same territory as the present regional unit. A prefecture is an ancient region of east-central Greece around Athens.
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Geography

Kastoria (Greek: Περιφερειακή ενότητα Καστοριάς) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of West Macedonia. Its capital is the town of Kastoria. Kastoria was created as a prefecture in 1941. As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Kastoria was created out of the former prefecture Kastoria. Kastoria, 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
1. Kastoria Kastoria
Agia Triada
Agioi Anargyroi
Vitsi
Kastraki
Kleisoura
Korestia
Makednoi
Mesopotamia
2. Nestorio Nestorio
Akrites
Arrenes
Gramos
3. Orestida Argos Orestiko
Ion Dragoumis


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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, the Historical Archives of Macedonia, and Kastoria County 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

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

Tel. 2310 855255
Fax: 2310 868186


Nomos Kastoria
Diikitirio
52100 Kastoria
Greece
Tel.: 24673 50347
Fax: 24673 50342
E-mail: mail@gak.kas.sch.gr

Writing to Archives

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!