Greece Genealogy

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Getting started with Greece research

FamilySearch Wiki is a community website dedicated to helping people throughout the world learn how to find their ancestors. Through the Greece page you can learn how to find, use, and analyze Greek records of genealogical value. The content is variously targeted to beginners, intermediate, and expert researchers. The Greece Page is a work in progress, your contributions and feedback are essential!


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Family History Research in Greece. Catsakis, Lica Hariclea. Salt Lake City, Utah: 2003. (purchase from author's website,

Greek Gazetteer, 3 volumes. Catsakis, Lica Hariclea. Salt Lake City, Utah: 1997. (purchase from author's website,

Greek Immigrant Passengers 1885-1910, A Guide to and Index to Researching Early Greek Immigrants. Three Volumes. Voultsos, Mary. 1992: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. (FHL Book 973 W2vm). First volume includes an indexed list of Greek passengers to New York 1885-1910, and to Boston 1900-1910 listed alphabetically. Second volume is arranged by date of arrival, and third volume is arranged by destination. This list is not complete as it refers only to certain vessels.

Greek Immigration to the United States. Fairchild, Henry Pratt. 1911: Yale University Press; 278 pages. Excellent book - free on Google books:

The Greek Americans. Monos, Dimitris. Chelsea House Publishers, 1988. (Part of series, The Peoples of North America).

A Guide to Greek Traditions and Customs in America. Rouvelas, Marilyn. Attica Press, P.O. Box 34008, Bethesda, MD 20827, 1993. [An excellent resource for general information.], scroll to the bottom of the page to see books and resources.

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When Greece became an independent state, communities began keeping registers of males (Mitroon Arrenon), which list all the males born in a particular community. They were kept for voting and military purposes. Male registers were created for all communities in Greece. As new areas became part of Greece, their communities also began keeping male registers. In some areas male registers were reconstructed from other records back to 1825.

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  • Most people leaving Greece in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries went to the United States, Egypt, Australia, South America, or South Africa. By 1910, an estimated one quarter to one fifth of the total labor force of Greece had left.
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