Upcoming Webinar: October 19

Did you miss the last two conferences in Baltimore and Philadelphia? Then join me for a webinar on Friday, October 19 at 9:00 pm: “It’s All Greek to Me: Genealogy Research in Greece.” This will be an abbreviated overview of civil and church records available in Greece.  I hope you can attend!

Information is here:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lixNswdsSTWCYSGDeJwZLQ


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Greek Genealogy Conferences – A Place for Learning

Nick Kampoulis with the Greek Reporter newspaper, interviewed me last week regarding the assistance that can be received at Greek genealogy conferences. The article begins:

More and more people from Greek Communities around the world are becoming increasingly interested in finding ways to explore their past, so that they will eventually be able to find their roots and their ancestors who left Greece to start a completely new life in the United States, Canada, Australia, the UK or elsewhere.

What was the main reason they left Greece? Was it war? Poverty? The hope of a better life? What were the living conditions in their villages back in late 1800’s and early 1900’s?

These are some of the questions the Hellenic Genealogy Conferences try to give answers to.

The full article can be read here.

Please join us in Philadelphia on October 13! A link to the conference registration is here.

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Come to the Philadelphia Greek Genealogy Conference on October 13!


Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT


St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral
256 South 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Driving Directions


Barbara Lyngarkos, Event Coordinator
Hellenic Genealogy Conference Philly 2018


This Hellenic American Genealogy Conference is devoted to Greek genealogy and will address the records available and the research skills required to search Greek lineage both in the US and in Greece. Researchers of all skill levels are invited to attend.

$20.00 registration fee to cover costs.

To register, click here.

Conference Agenda

 Time: 9:00 – 5:00

9:00-9:15       Welcome

9:15-9:45       Introduction to Greek Genealogy

9:45-10:45      How to Use U.S. Records to Prepare for Research in Greece

Census – Marriage – Passenger Ship-Naturalization (very brief; full discussion in separate section) – Social Security Applications – World War I and II Draft Registration Cards – Death Certificates – Obituaries – Cemetery Records / Tombstones – Personal Letters, Documents – Photographs

10:45-11:00    Break

11:00-12:00    Locating and Using Passenger Ship, Naturalization & Alien Registration Records

12:00-12:30    Lunch

12:30-1:15      Ancestry DNA – Testing

1:15-1:30        Break

1:30-2:15        Ancestry DNA – Analysis

2:15-3:00        Research in Greece – Civil Records, Male Registers – Town Registers – Election Lists – Contracts and Dowries

3:00-3:15        Break

3:15-4:15        Research in Greece – Church Records. Records in local churches – Records in Mitropolis offices

4:15-5:00        Planning a Research Trip and Wrap-Up


Carol Kostakos Petranek serves as co-director of the Washington, DC Family History Center (in Kensington, Maryland). She also serves as a Citizen Archivist at the National Archives (US) and in the FamilySearch digitization project at the Maryland State Archives.  She is well versed in Greek Genealogy and has travelled extensively in Greece to perform genealogical research.

Georgia Stryker Keilman created the “Hellenic Genealogy Geek” Facebook group which is invaluable to anyone researching Greek genealogy. She has also authored several books on Greek Genealogy.  She has selflessly spent hours transcribing many documents and made them available to researchers at no cost.

Nicole Zizos Gulledge created the “DNA Greek | Interpreting DNA Results” Facebook Group to assist those in understanding their Greek DNA Ethnicity results and Shared DNA Matches. She works individually with people to find lost relatives, trace their Greek family roots through genealogy records and DNA analysis search. Her own family roots hail from Smyrna, Asia Minor and Galaxidi, Greece.

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Greek Gen Study Group

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I am honored to have presented a two-part webinar on Greek Genealogy, hosted by professional genealogist and my friend, DearMYRTLE. Please join me as we explore ways to further your family history research in Greece.

Session 1 was held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Topic: Finding Your Original Surname & Village of Origin
The link to the archived webinar can be accessed on YouTube here.

Session 2 was held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Topic: Church and Civil Records in Greece.
The link to the archived webinar and supplementary links can be accessed here.

There are handouts and supplementary materials for both sessions which are captured on a Google spreadsheet. That link can be found here. I suggest that you download the spreadsheet so you can have access to the many resources contained therein.

I hope these webinars will be of help to you!

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“Connecting Your Family to the Past”

The Hellenic-American Cultural Center and Museum of Portland, Oregon is sponsoring a one-day Hellenic Genealogy Conference on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Fr. Elias Stephanopoulos Center, 3131 NE Glisan St. Portland, Oregon 97232.

To register:   https://haccm.ejoinme.org/genealogyworkshop

Registration Fee:  $15 per person
Registration Deadline: April 16, 2018
Lunch and Snacks Provided
For Additional Information, Contact: Katherine Karafotias: 503.858.8567 or HACCMpdx@gmail.com

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Greek Microfilms at the FamilySearch Library

Below is a link to a pdf file listing all of the Greek Microfilms which are now digitized available for viewing at the  Family History Library​ in Salt Lake City or at a local Family History Center.


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