Greece Schools

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Greeks have long treasured education as a channel for social mobility and a way of recovering their glorious past and of achieving national progress. Modern revival of education started in the eighteenth century under Ottoman rule, but it was not until 1929 that education was made compulsory at the primary level. In 1964 education was made free at all levels.

If your ancestor was educated in the universities of Greece, he or she may have been recorded in the matriculation records of that school. These records may contain valuable information about your ancestor, including name, age, hometown, date of enrollment, and date of graduation. Sometimes they contain biographical information, such as names of parents, spouse, and children.

The Family History Library has collected a few school records, mainly intermediate and high school records. These records are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under:




Registration records, lists of students and their grades, and certificates from the early twentieth century have been filmed from the General Archives of Nauplion for the county of Argolidos and can be found in the catalog under:


School records from Asia Minor were brought to Greece by the refugees and were microfilmed there. These can be found in the catalog under Turkey.