Success! Doing Family History Research in Greece through the Mail
Over the years I have had trouble documenting my maternal great-grandmother's maiden name. I had tried to confirm it with my usual favorite source - The U.S. Social Security Application. On this particular form the applicant must insert the maiden name of his or her mother. I looked at the information my grandfather and his brother filled out.
It is unclear what the maiden name was.
I then looked at the 1865 General Election lists from the village of Kapareli, searching for surnames that were similar to what I saw on the Social Security Applications.
There were 7 men listed in the 1865 Election Lists with the name Maniatis.
No one was listed with the name Manutes.
I decided to write to the GAK, General Archves for the region of Tripoli, Greece using a form letter I had purchased years ago from Lica Catsakis.
In order to read the following documents better, you can save a copy to your computer then enlarge them to your hearts delight so that you can see them clearly.
Below you will also find a blank English form translation that was provided by Lica Catsakis.
Last week I received the response along with my $20 and a note stating that it was their obligation to do this for me and I didn't need to send the donation.
Not only did they confirm the maiden name of my great grandmother as Maniatis, but now I have the date of their marriage and the fact that it may have been her father, Georgios Maniatis, that performed the ceremony. I say "may have been" because there were several Georgios Maniatis at the time.
I have always found the people working in the Mayor's offices or the GAK to be very helpful. It does help to try to write your request in Greek. If I do not have a Greek form letter to help me out, I will usually try to write in Greek, apologize for my lack of Greek language skills, and include a duplicate request in English.
Good luck with YOUR Greek family history research.