Larissa County, Greece Genealogy

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History

Larissa is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of Thessaly. Its capital is the city of Larissa.
Larissa was created as a prefecture in 1882. As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Larissa was created out of the former prefecture Larissa. The prefecture had the same territory as the present regional unit.
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Geography

Larissa (Greek: Περιφερειακή ενότητα Λάρισας) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of Thessaly. Its capital is the city of Larissa. Larissa was created as a prefecture in 1882. As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Larissa was created out of the former prefecture Larissa. The prefecture had the same territory as the present regional unit. Larissa, 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. Agia Agia
Evrymenes
Lakereia
Melivoia
3. Elassona Elassona
Antichasia
Verdikoussa
Karya
Livadi
Olympos
Potamia
Sarantaporo
Tsaritsani
7. Farsala Farsala
Enippeas
Narthaki
Polydamantas
4. Kileler Kileler
Armenio
Krannonas
Nikaia
Platykampos
1. Larissa (Larisa) Larissa
Giannouli
Koilada
5. Tempi Makrychori
Ampelakia
Gonnoi
Kato Olympos
Nessonas
6. Tyrnavos Tyrnavos
Ampelonas

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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 Larissa 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.


Important Records of GAK


General State Archives (GSC)
Dafni 61
15452 Psychiko
Greece

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

Larissa Archives

Nomos Larissa
Address:
Office and Library: Skarlatou Soutsou 10, 41222 Larissa, Greece
Tel. and fax: 2410 531935
Office and Archeiostasio: 3rd klm. Larissa, Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel. and fax: 2410 281425

E-mail: mail@gak.lar.sch.gr


Agio Local Archives
Zoodochos Pigís 129
25100 Aigio
Greece

Phone:26910-21293
Fax:26910-2129
E-mail:mail@gak-aigiou.ach.sch.gr

Writing to the Greek National Archives (GAK) or the Larissa 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!