Today I was reading the Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter titled "Genealogical Tourism Redefining Leisure Travel Market". It made me start thinking about what Greece would need to do to develop genealogy tourism and encourage people to reconnect with their Greek roots.
In my dreams someone would put together a complete program (soup to nuts) - here are my initial thoughts on what this might look like:
- Travel arrangements to Athens, and then onward to any other cities or villages for research.
- Provide translators (fluent in English, French, German & Greek) - other languages?
- Guides available for Athens research sites - GAK (General Archives of Greece), LDS Family History Center in Athens, National Library of Greece in Athens
- Guides trained in Greek records: baptism, marriage, death, military, etc.
- Seminar on Greek culture shock - dress codes and appropriate conduct for visiting churches and cemeteries - burial customs, previous dowry laws, marriage customs, holidays, importance of family, different types of records that might be available.
- Guides/translators to either accompany people to the village, or contacts in each region that could meet up with the visitor and help them with their research.
- Have guides help make connections between visitors and their ancestors in Greece.
Wouldn't it be great! Would love to hear your thoughts.
Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.
Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)