Messinia County, Greece Genealogy

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History

Messinia is a regional unit in the southwestern part of the Peloponnese region, in Greece.
Until the implementation of the Kallikratis plan on 1 January 2011, Messinia was a prefecture covering the same territory. The capital and largest city of Messinia is Kalamata
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Geography

Messenia (/məˈsiːniə, -ˈsiːnjə/; Greek: Μεσσηνία Messinia, pronounced [mesiˈnia]) is a regional unit (perifereiaki enotita) in the southwestern part of the Peloponnese, one of 13 regions into which Greece has been divided by the Kallikratis plan, implemented 1 January 2011.[1] Before 2011 Messenia was a nomos (prefecture). The capital and the biggest city of Messenia in either case has been the city of Kalamata. Before the 2010 reorganization, Messenia was a nomos (prefecture). Since 2010, Messenia has been a perifereiake enoteta (regional unit). Messenia did not change area in the reorganization. Some 25 municipalities and communities were incorporated politically into the other 6 according to the table below. 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
Kalamata Kalamata
Aris
Arfara
Thouria
Messene
(Messini)
Messene
Aipeia
Androusa
Aristomenis
Voufrades
Ithomi
Petalidi
Trikorfo
Oichalia Oichalia
Andania
Dorio
Eira
Meligalas
Pylos-Nestoras Pylos
Koroni
Methoni
Nestoras
Papaflessas
Chiliochoria
Trifylia Kyparissia
Aetos
Avlonas
Gargalianoi
Filiatra
Tripyla
West Mani
(Dytiki Mani)
Avia
Lefktro


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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 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.


Important Records of GAK


Georgia Stryker Keilman has been translating the Vlachogiannis collection into English. Check these first to possibly save time. The translations can be accessed on her website by clicking on the following links for the Index to Greece Historic Election List Archives:


Central Archive

General State Archives (GSC)
Dafni 61
15452 Psychiko
Greece

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

Messinia County Archives

Nomos Messinia
Ypapanti 36
24100 Kalamata
Greece

Phone: 27210-93902
Fax:27210-93902
E-mail:mail@gak.mes.sch.gr

  • Website
  • Online Records comprehensive school records and notary records, several archives of individual families (including photos), some church files

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:

Triphylia and Olympia

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!