International Greek Ancestry Conference

Save the date! International Greek Ancestry Conference, January 29-31, 2021. Sponsored by Hellenic Genealogy Geek and Greek Ancestry. Free – Virtual – Live Streamed. More information coming soon.

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Greek Genealogy Conference: March 21, Oakland, CA

You are invited to a Greek genealogy conference in Oakland, CA at the Ascension Cathedral, March 21. Join us to learn Greek research strategies and resources, and to view a new documentary, The New Greek Americans”.

There is a $15.00 charge for the event, which includes lunch.  Space is limited.

Link to RSVP:

If you need directions to the event or any further information, please email

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New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2, 2020

Join us for a Hellenic Genealogy Conference at noon on Sunday, Feb. 2nd, at Holy Trinity Hellenic Cultural Center, New Orleans, LA.
Gregory Kontos and Carol Kostakos Petranek will give presentations on how to conduct your research using US and Greek records. After the presentations, a unique workshop will take place with attendants’ questions being answered and special guidance being offered.
Special attention will be given to research on families from CHIOS!
On Saturday, February 1, a special history panel, featuring lectures by Gregory Kontos and Alexander Billinis, will be hosted by Holy Trinity Cathedral. Details are in the poster below.
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RootsTech is Offering a Beginning Greek Genealogy Class

Kathleen Kaldis will be presenting Opa! It’s All Greek to Me! at the RootsTech Conference (February 26-29, 2020) in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Date of Class: Friday, February 28, 2019
Place: Salt Palace, Room 255 A
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Session Number: RT8036

Opa! It’s a wonderful time to be Greek! Learn the resources to help you get started in your Greek Genealogical Odyssey. Conducting Greek genealogy can be challenging even for those who are able to speak and read Greek. Many first- and second-generation Greek immigrants do not even know their grandparents’ names or even the exact village where their parents were from. Attendees will learn the first steps to conducting Greek research and what resources are available here in America which will unlock records in Greece. The lecture will be helpful for both individuals who emigrated to the United States post World War II and for those who have ancestors who emigrated before World War II.

Kathleen Kaldis, The Ancestor Finder, is a professional genealogist and lecturer from Massachusetts. She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, has completed many genealogical institute courses, and is currently enrolled in the ProGen Study Group. Kathleen will be presenting her lecture: Opa! It’s All Greek to Me! showcasing the communities, tools, and collections useful when conducting Greek genealogical research.

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Agenda: Virginia Beach Greek Genealogy Conference, October 19, 2019

This conference will be broadcast via FB live. You can watch either the entire conference or segments of your choice at:

Sam Williams
Carol Kostakos Petranek
Matt Ellsworth

9:00 Arrival

9:30-10:00 Introduction to Hellenic Genealogy

Why Orthodox Christians Should Do Their Genealogy – Sam
Greek Genealogy Toolbox – Carol
Making connections: Internet resources – Carol

10:00-10:30  Using U. S. Records to Prepare for Research in Greece – Carol

10:30-11:00 Using DNA in Hellenic Research  – Sam

Break:  10 minutes

11:10-12:10 Research in Cyprus – Matt Ellsworth (via Skype)

12:10-1:00 Lunch Break

1:00-2:00 Greek Civil Records in Archives and Town Halls

Male Registers
Town Registers
Election Lists
Contracts and Dowries

2:00-2:45 Orthodox Church Records in Greece

Village Church Records  – Carol
Metropolis Records – Carol
U.S. Orthodox Church Records – Sam Williams

2:45-3:00 Q&A  – Conclusion

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