Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Save Greek Heritage - Sponge Docks Tarpon Springs, Florida

I saw an article in the Suncoast News - Sponge Docks makeover plan to get reworking

They are referring to the Sponge Docks at Tarpon Springs, Florida.  It brought back memories from childhood vacations to Florida with my family.  We always stopped at any place "Greek" along the way.  As a child I loved seeing the divers,  the sponges on the boats and laying on the docks, feeding the pigeons (before it was dangerous), little stores with tons of Greekish nicknacks and the old Papas Restaurant.  

I was happy to read that the makeover plans are being reworked to keep the Greek feel.  It would be a shame to change this place that has such a rich Greek culture in the United States and make it look like "Disney Land".

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cretan Insurrection of 1866-7-8

The book "The Cretan Insurrection of 1866-7-8" by William James Stillman was published in 1874 by Henry Holt and Company, New York.  It is available as a FREE Google ebook.

If you had relatives who were in Crete during 1866 through 1868 this might be an interesting read. 

Below you can find a list of the 25 Greek names listed in the book and the Table of Contents.


Belondaki, Costa
Joannides (aka Pappadakis)
Kelaides, Parthenius
Mikhali, Hadji
Pappadakis (aka Joannides)
Veloudaki, Costa


Crete and the Cretans

CHAPTER I.  (April, 1866)
Ismael Pasha

CHAPTER II.  (May, 1866)

CHAPTER III.  (July, August 1866)
Days of Terror

CHAPTER IV.  (September 1866)
Preliminaries of War
Ultima Ratio
Mustapha Kirlitli Pasha

CHAPTER V.  (October 1866)
Getting to Work
Russian Intervention

CHAPTER VI.  (November 1866)
The Convent of Arkadi

CHAPTER VII.  (December 1866)
The Recoil of the Gun
Pym and the Assurance

CHAPTER VIII (December 1866)
Ignatieff Again

CHAPTER IX.  (January, February 1867)
More Disaster
A Page from the Blue-Book

CHAPTER X. (March-May 1867)
Change of Administration
Hellenic Blunders
Effect of Hellenic Politics

CHAPTER XI.  (June-September 1867)
Hussein Avni
A New Victim
Sphakia again
A New Campaign
Bottled up

CHAPTER XII.  (October, November 1867)
Attack on Lasithe
Sphakian Campaign

CHAPTER XIII.  (December 1867)
Russian Plans Ripening
The Last of the Victims

CHAPTER XIV.  (1868)
A’ali Pasha Fails
The End

Visit to Omalos
Hadji Houssein’s Story
The Plain of Omalos
The Xyloscala
At Constantinople


Friday, May 21, 2010

Cyprus as I saw it in 1870

FREE Online Antiquarian Books - they are GREAT!  

Here is a link to Cyprus as I saw it in 1870  by Samuel White Baker.  It was published in 1879 London by MacMillan & Co.


Chapter I. - Arrival at Larnaca
Chapter II. - The Gipsy-Vans Encounter Difficulties
Chapter III. - Route to Nicosia
Chapter IV. - The Messaria
Chapter V. - Start for the Carpas
Chapter VI. - Cape St. Andrea
Chapter VII. - Kyrenia and the North Coast
Chapter VIII. - Route to Baffo
Chapter IX. - From Baffo to Limasol
Chapter X. - The Wine District of Limasol
Chapter XI. - From Limasol to the Mountains
Chapter XII. - The Monastery of Trooditissa
Chapter XIII. - Woods and Forests
Chapter XIV. - Remarks on Irrigation
Chapter XV. - Life at the Monastery of Trooditissa
Chapter XVI. - Something about Taxation
Chapter XVII. - The District of Limasol and Landowners
Chapter XVIII. - On Police, Wages, Food, Climate, Etc.
Chapter XIX. - Political Reflections
Chapter XX. - Conclusion

Good luck with your Greek family history genealogy research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Diggers and Greeks - Australian Campaigns in Greece and Crete

Newly released book "DIGGERS AND GREEKS" by Maria Hill

Much has been written about the ill-fated Australian campaigns in Greece and Crete during World War II, but this book is the first account from the perspective of the Greeks. This compelling history combines details of the campaigns, as well as responses from Greeks and Cretans to the Allied forces on their soil. While miscommunication between the Greek General Staff and the Allied forces was frequent, this study reveals that situation on the ground was far more complex: the personal relations that developed between Australian soldiers and Greek civilians and soldiers were sometimes hostile but in other cases developed into friendships that lasted decades after the war had finished. Elucidating why the campaigns on mainland Greece and Crete compelled people to behave in altruistic ways—even when it meant placing themselves in danger—this insightful chronicle proves that it is possible to form successful relations with people of a completely different culture in conflict situations, and that those relationships are important to the well-being of all involved.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Last Cremation Obstacle Goes

In a joint decision taken by the Health, Environment, and Interior ministries yesterday, facilities will be created so that people who choose to be cremated may do so.

The legislation that allows for the creation of crematoriums - to be built next to cemeteries and comply with specific regulation on emissions - has been approved. . . . . . . . . . 

Although cremation has been allowed in the UK since 1884 and France in 1887, Greek lawmakers only approved legislation in 2006 allowing for the cremation of the dead to take place in Greece for the first time in the country's history.

The new law permitted the cremation of people who request this method instead of burial as long as their religion also allows it.  The law still forbids cremation for Orthodox Christians.  The Church of Greece opposes the practice for believers, arguing that Orthodox traditions only allow for burial.

Read the rest of the article - eKathimerini.com English Edition

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Genealogy of Greeks in Mariupol, Ukraine

New book - GENEALOGY OF GREEKS IN MARIUPOL, UKRAINE - "The title of the book which was recently published by the publishing house “Notioanatoliki” in Donetsk, Ukraine is “The Genealogy of Greeks in Mariupol”. The book is based on the research study on the origins of surnames of Greeks in Azov, which focused on searching documents on the first Greeks who were expatriated from Crimea in the Azof, who are in fact the “founders” of the first Greek families in Mariupol, Ukraine.

Hence, for the first time, fully restored genealogy trees of well known Greek artists, painters etc from the mid 19th century, such as Archip Ivanovic Kouintze and the Greek poet Georgi Kostopraf.

A long list of 4500 heads of families of the first Greek settlers in Crimea, who founded in the Azov, in the late 18th century, the city of Mariupol and surrounding Greek villages is included in the publication. From the aforementioned lists, more than 2000 families have been registered with reference to their settling points."

I believe it can be purchased through http://www.azovgreeks.com/ - have only found it in Russian so far (information thanks to Elias Katsos)

Good luck with your Greek family history research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)