First National Hellenic American Genealogy Conference

The Education and Culture Committee of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce
in association with 
is pleased to announce

First National Hellenic American Genealogy Conference

Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

Holy Trinity Cathedral Ballroom, 337 East 74th Street, New York, New York 10021

Topics will address the records available and the research skills required to search Greek lineage, both in the U.S. and in Greece.

Conference costs are covered by the event sponsors and there will be no charge; however, seating is limited and registration is required.  To register, send an email to Stamatis A. Ghikas at


9:00-9:15  Opening Remarks and Greetings. Professor Louis Katsos, Georgia Stryker Keilman, Michael Kalavritenos, Tassos Pardalis 

9:15-9:45  Dr. Peter C. Moskos. "Greek Americans: Struggle and Success"   
Topic:  The Greek experience in America, as documented in the Third Edition of the book

9:45 - 10:30  Georgia Stryker Keilman. “How U.S. Records Can Help You Prepare for Research in Greece”
Topic:  Learn which documents provide pertinent information for Greek research, including Passenger Lists, Social Security Applications, Death Certificates, Obituaries and others including resources available online.

10:30-10:45   Break

10:45-11:45 George D. Tselos. “Passenger Ship and Ellis Island Records.”
Topic:  Learn the resources available at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum to decipher the information found in Passenger Ship Records 

11:45-12:15  Professor Louis Katsos. “History of Hellenic Lands”
Topic:  The impact of geography, boundary changes, and village name changes in Greek genealogy research  

12:15-1:15  Lunch 

1:15-2:15  Dr. Marietta Minotos. "Records Available from the General State Archives of Greece"
Topic:  Discover online and textual resources held at the Greek Archives

2:15-2:45  Peter Dickson.  “Using DNA in Greek Family History Research”
Topic:  Understand the potential of DNA testing for positive family identification 

2:45-3:15 Debbie Petrides. “A Case Study from Chios”
Topic:  How to use records from Greece to discover the history of your family

3:15-3:45  BREAK

3:45-4:45  Roundtable Discussion: Hellenic Genealogy Tourism
Presenters:  Carol Kostakos Petranek, Debbie Petrides, Peter Dickson and Louis Katsos  
Topic:  Turn a vacation in Greece into a journey of discovery; how to prepare for a research trip.

4:45- 5:00 Closing Remarks. Professor Louis Katsos

This event is sponsored by the Education and Culture Committee of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce. Chair:  Professor Louis Katsos; Co-Chairs:  Michael Kalavritinos and Tassos Pardalis.


  1. I would love to attend this event, but I live far from NY. Will there be a CD for purchase?

  2. Good question, Pat Spears. I'd like one, too.


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