Showing posts from 2009

Life Story of Greek Peddler born 1866

I just found an interesting short autobiography “THE LIFE STORY OF A GREEK PEDDLER – contributed by a Spartan now living in a suburb near New York City”.

This story was published in 1906 as Chapter IV (pages 63-79) in a book titled “The Stories of undistinguished Americans as told by themselves”, which was developed from a series of articles previously published in theIndependent. This is made available to you through the Harvard University Library online.

The person telling this story is unnamed. He was born about 1866 “in a little hamlet among the mountains of Laconia in Greece. There were only about 200 people in this place, and they lived in stone huts or cottages…..” He gives a description of homes, how they made butter, wine, ground wheat and oats, and made clothing, farming, no need for currency, schooling, saint’s days and other holiday traditions, politics, superstition, the trip to the United States, the push cart business, and more.

This is an interesting read, I would sugg…

Citing Those Christmas Cards, Holiday E-Mails, and Family Photos

I hope everyone had a great Christmas.Now that the holidays are nearly over, I can try to catch up on some of my posts and website updates.Here’s a post that just came from the blogger at AnceStories:The Stories of My Ancestors – “Citing Those Christmas Cards, Holiday E-mails, and Family Photos”.This article is great for reminding us, once again, to check our Christmas Cards and Emails for family news and photographs.Then, how to cite them correctly in our genealogy software.Good luck with your Greek genealogy research.Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Yiayia Saved Christmas Cards from Greece

My yiayia saved most of the correspondence that she received from Greece. This is a Christmas post card that I believe was received sometime in the 1960’s. Don’t overlook this type of treasure – someone in your family might be the one that keeps all this old “stuff”. Luckily my mother and father were not the type to throw these out. This is another great source of information – Who sent it? Do they mention any other family members? What address was it sent from? The handwriting might be hard to decipher, but sit down with your Greek-English dictionary and the Greek handwriting samples on – give it a try.Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Greek Christmas Elves - Kalikantzari

GREEK CULTURE AND TRADITIONSIt’s the Christmas season so I thought you all would be interested in this excerpt from “The Greek News Agenda” online bulletin.“Christmas Elves”Kalikantzari are little creatures that live deep down inside the earth and together with the legends of Greece, play an important part in the customs and traditions of this holiday.From Christmas until the Feast of the Epiphany, residents in Epirus place twelve spindles in front of the fireplace so that the kalikantzari see them and do not climb down the chimney.On Christmas Eve, in the town of Grevena, the followers place a large log in the corner of the house and set it alight.As the fire burns, lasting until the Feast of the Epiphany, it protects the family from the kalikantzari.Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Two New Links for Greek Surnames

Here are two new links to websites dealing with Greek surnames and given names:Greek Surnames – includes last name origins and meaningsGreek Names – includes names in English and Greek, sound of name, male and female versions, origin of names, and nicknamesGood luck with your Greek family genealogy research.Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

List of 693 Greece Born Died During Deportation WWII

I recently had the blogger at “Abravanel – Jewish life and not only in Greece” forward me this link to a list of 693 people born in Greece who died during deportation from France during World War II.
Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research. Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

History of Greek Surnames

HISTORY OF GREEK SURNAMESThe blog “Greek Surnames” is all about analyzing the history of words and Greek names. I have had a link to this blog on my website for quite awhile, but I think it is worth revisiting. The page is posted in the Greek language, however you can use the Google translator in the right hand column to translate into English or another language of choice.They claim to have analyzed 3,500 Greek surnames to-date. The latest posting includes:IrostratosNikostratosProtessilaosAeneasArsinoiArchidamsAlkifronStentor (Stentoras)DexileosArhelaosGood luck with your Greek family genealogy research.Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)http://HellenicGenealogyGeek.comA resource for Greek genealogy research

Greek Surnames - Searching Indexes

Greek SurnamesDo you have Greek ancestors who migrated to the United States or Canada but you can’t find them on any of the passenger ship indexes? Do you think you have tried all the alternate spellings when doing your searches? I ran across two great charts that have been put together by Spelling Substitution Tables for the United States and CanadaCommonly Misread Letters Table – this table shows how indexers and transcribers sometimes misread handwriting. When reading the chart you will see two columns – “Intended” (shows the actual spelling) – “Common Mistakes” (shows what the indexer or transcriber sometimes thought he or she saw)Phonetic Substitutes Table – The creator of the record sometimes misspelled the name in the original record because he or she misunderstood what the informant said. This happened very often when the informant came from another country (in our case, Greece). Also, many people were illiterate and did not know how to spell their names.…

Turkish Destruction of Greek Community of Istanbul 1955

The Mechanism of Catastrophe - Turkish Pogrom of September 6-7, 1955, Destruction of Greek Community of IstanbulBy Speros Vryonis, Jr.Published in 2005 by – New York----------------This book mentions 785 different people of Greek descent – too many to include in this blog posting – but you can view them on the website page for this book “The Mechanism of Catastrophe”.You can view the following on the page below:Table of ContentsSynopsis from the dust jacket----------------As usual, I hope some of you can find this information useful. Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research. Don’t forget you can work with your local librarian to get a copy of this book through inter-library loan, purchase a brand new copy through the publisher’s website at, or purchase a used copy through a place like http://abebooks.comGeorgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos) OF CONTENTSList of …

1,000+ Greeks, 1919-1924 Canadian Ocean Arrivals

On November 25, 2009 completed the online launch of the Canadian Passenger Lists, 1919-1924. I visited and did a search in this new database for people born in Greece -- 1,065 results were returned. As usual, there are some results that don’t seem to make sense, but most are Greek surnames. If you have ancestors that arrived in Canada during the 1919-1924 time frame, this may be a very helpful resource. Apparently this is the only online source for this data to-date. Remember that if you don’t want to purchase a membership to, most libraries have an version that you can use in the Library for FREE. - Also, is currently offering a 14 day free trial.

Historic Australian Newspapers Online

If you have ancestors that migrated to Australia you might be interested in the National Library of Australia’s “Historic Australian Newspapers, 1803 to 1954” online. As of November 21, 2009 there are 33 newspapers online, 920,989 pages consisting of 9,130,178 articles available to search.I did a search on the word “Greek” and got 69,896 results. Try searching on your family name.Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.Georgia Keilmanhttp://HellenicGenealogyGeek.comA resource for Greek genealogy research

Hellas Australia - History of Greeks in Australia

If you have relatives that migrated to Australia you might be interested in this book - Hellas Australia The History of Greeks in Australia(Book is printed in both Greek and English)by Josef Vondra (Greek translation by George Psarros)Published 1979 by Widescope International Publishers Pty Ltd. Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
You can view the following on the page below:102 names mentioned in this bookTable of ContentsSynopsis from the dust jacket-------------------------------Hope some of you can find this information useful. Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research. Don't forget you can work with your local librarian to get a copy of this book through inter-library loan or purchase a copy through a website that deals with out of print books like http://abebooks.comGeorgia Keilman NAMES MENTIONED IN THIS BOOKAmanatides, Kyriakos - President Greek Culture League, Melbourne AustraliaAmanatidis, Dina - W…

Greek-Hungarian Diaspora

Greek Culture - Recipe - Spinach with Rice (Spanakorizo)

Here is today’s Greek recipe. Spinach with Rice (Spanakorizo)Ingredients:2 lbs. spinach1 cup chopped onions½ cup olive oil1-1/2 cups short grain rice2 tablespoons lemon juice1 tablespoon dill3 cups watersalt and pepperDirections:Wash spinach. Remove stems, drain leaves well and tear into pieces. (If I use baby spinach I don’t bother to try and remove stems, just use as is) In a deep pan gently fry onion in oil until soft. Stir in rice and cook 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients (except spinach). Bring to a boil and then add spinach. Stir well, cover and cook gently for 15 minutes. (I always check to make sure rice is done – sometimes it takes a little longer to get done.) Remove from heat, leave tightly covered and allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.Hope you enjoy it!Georgia Keilmanhttp://HellenicGenealogyGeek.comA resource for Greek family genealogy research.

Greek Diaspora and Migration since 1700

242 Greek names are mentioned in the book “Greek Diaspora and Migration since 1700 – Society, Politics and Culture” edited by Dimitris Tziovas – published 2009 by Ashgate Publishing You can view the following on the page below: 242 Greek names mentioned in this book Table of Contents Synopsis from the dust jacket As always, I hope some of you will find this information helpful with your research. If you are interested in getting a copy of this book for your research, contact your local librarian and see if they can get you a copy through the Inter-library Loan Services. Regards Georgia Keilman A resource for Greek family genealogy research 242 GREEK NAMES MENTIONED IN THIS BOOK Adamos, Takis Ajonovski-Oche, Vangel Alexakis, Vassilis Alexandropoulos, Mitsos Alexiou, Elli Amire, Ussi Andonovski, Christo Angelopoulos, Theo Antonakos, Stephen Antonellos, Manolis Antonellos, Nikolaos Antypas, Nikolas Apostolidou, Venetia Argenti Argyriou, Alexandros Axioti, Melpo Bailtsidis Bellou, S…