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Grevena County, Greece Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

Grevena is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of West Macedonia. Its capital is the town of Grevena.
Grevena was created as a prefecture in 1964, out of parts of the prefectures of Kozani and Larissa. As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Grevena was created out of the former prefecture Grevena. 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[edit | edit source]

Grevena (Greek: Περιφερειακή ενότητα Γρεβενών) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of West Macedonia. Its capital is the town of Grevena. Grevena was created as a prefecture (Greek: Νομός Γρεβενών) in 1964, out of parts of the prefectures of Kozani and Larissa. As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Grevena was created out of the former prefecture Grevena. The prefecture had the same territory as the present regional unit. At the same time, the municipalities were reorganised, according to the table below. Grevena, Wikipedia

Municipalities[edit | edit source]

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. Deskati Deskati
Chasia
1. Grevena Grevena
Avdella
Kosmas or Aitolos/Agios Kosmas
Ventzio
Gorgiani
Dotsiko
Irakleotes
Theodoros Ziakas
Mesolouri
Perivoli
Samarina
Smixi
Filippaioi

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Villages[edit | edit source]

Municipal Archives[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Click on the links for an explanation on the types of records you will look for at the municipality level.

Writing to Municipal Archives[edit | edit source]

Greek National Archives, the Historical Archives of Macedonia, and Grevena County Archives[edit | edit source]

  • 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 Grevenon
Constantine Taliadouros
Grevena 51100
Greece

Tel 24623 53472, 24623 53477
Fax: 24623 53472
E-mail: mail@gak.gre.sch.gr

Writing to Archives[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Important Church Records[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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!