Thursday, January 7, 2010

6,050 Deaths of American Citizens in Greece


Do you have any relatives that may have returned to Greece, and died there, during 1960, 1963-1974?

Ancestry.com has a database titled “Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1960, 1963-1974”. I did a search on “Greece” as the death location, and to my surprise there were 6,050 results. Most records look like Greek names with birth dates around the 1890-1910 period. I assume quite a few of them went back to Greece to visit or to retire.

Note: Don’t forget – if you don’t have a subscription to Ancestry.com – most public libraries have a subscription that you can use for FREE.

What’s most interesting is that you can view the actual form “DEPARTMENT OF STATE – FOREIGN SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – REPORT OF THE DEATH OF AN AMERICAN CITIZEN”

The form contains some great information. I have typed out one of the forms so that you can see the detailed information that is available. Form headings are in capital letters, and the information that was entered is typed in small letters.

Note: many of the forms also have Social Security Numbers written at the top.

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PLACE AND DATE – (Athens, Greece, June 11, 1969) – I assume this is the date of the report, not the date of death which is recorded further down on the report

NAME IN FULL – (Alexandros Adamis)

OCCUPATION – (Retired)

NATIVE OR NATURALIZED – (September 11, 1928) – In this case the word “Native” is crossed out

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS IN THE UNITED STATES - (916 E. 8th St., Sioux City, Iowa)

DATE OF DEATH – (April 23 5:00 p.m. 1969)

AGE as nearly as can be ascertained – (82 yrs, 3 mos, 22 days)

PLACE OF DEATH – (At his home, 11 Blere St., Nafpactos, Greece)

CAUSE OF DEATH – Cor pulmonare. INCLUDE AUTHORITY FOR STATEMENT – (Greek Registrar’s Death Certificate dated May 26, 1969, indicating cause of death.)

DISPOSITION OF THE REMAINS – (Buried in the Cemetery of Potidania, Doris, Greece. No grave numbers existing)

LOCAL LAW AS TO DISINTERRING REMAINS – (To be disinterred upon the expiration of three years and removed to a permanent purchased lot or to a mortuary chapel)

DISPOSITION OF THE EFFECTS – (In custody of wife, Panagiota Adamis)

PERSON OR OFFICIAL RESPONSIBLE FOR CUSTODY OF EFFECTS AND ACCOUNTING THEREFOR – (wife)

INFORMED BY TELEGRAM: Name, Address, Relationship, Date Sent – In this particular case this section was left blank

COPY OF THIS REPORT SENT TO: Name, Address, Relationship, Date Sent – (Mrs. Panagiota Adamis - Potidania, Doris, Greece – Wife – June 11, 1969)

TRAVELING OR RESIDING ABROAD WITH RELATIVES OR FRIENDS AS FOLLOWS: Name, Adress, Relationship (Panagiota Adamis, 11 Blere St., Nafpaktos, Greece – Wife) and (Spyridoula Papaioannou, 11 Blere St., Nafpaktos, Greece – Daughter)

OTHER KNOWN RELATIVES (not given above): (Assimo Milioni, Potidania, Doris, Greece – Daughter)

THIS INFORMATION AND DATA CONCERNING AN INVENTORY OF THE EFFECTS, ACCOUNTS, ETC., HAVE BEEN PLACED UNDER FILE 234 IN THE CORRESPONDENCE OF THIS OFFICE. REMARKS: (Greek Registrar’s Death Certificate dated May 26, 1969, and Naturalization Certificate No. 2473884 sent to the Department. The decendent’s Departmental passport No. 1504130 issued April 7, 1959, previously cancelled, has been endorsed and returned to wife.

Signed by James W. Lamont, Vice Consul of the United States of America.

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Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

http://HellenicGenealogyGeek.com

4 comments:

  1. Great post and I did not know this - will need to look at this for my in-laws.

    Question: I assume a World subscription is needed to access this, correct?

    And, is there a database showing Americans drafted during the 1973 war with Cyprus? Several relatives born in Greece but naturalized American citizens found themselves drafted while on vacation in Greece.

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  2. Hi Thomas -
    I already have a World subscription to Ancestry.com , so I am not sure if the information can be accessed with the regular membership. You might be right.

    I have yet to find a list of American citizens drafted by Greece. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist - there is so much information out there now, and more being added all the time.

    Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)
    http://HellenicGenealogyGeek.com

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  3. I have a world membership and still cannot locate this information. Please post a hot link and tell us exactly what section it is under

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  4. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, I missed this comment. Here is the link to the Ancestry.com database - http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1616

    Hope this helps.
    Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)
    http://HellenicGenealogyGeek.com

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