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Central Public Library of Rethymnon, Crete, Greece

LIBRARY:  Central Public Library of Rethymnon, Crete, Greece

The Central Public Library of Rethymnon is one of the largest in Greece and the only public library in Crete.  The library is equipped with two mobile libraries which bring books to even the most remote and isolated villages in Crete.  In the 60 years of operation, the Public Library of Rethymnon has flourished.  Today the collection reaches 200,000 volumes of books, 10,000 volumes of periodicals, as well as a rich archive of local and Athenian newspapers.



Contact information:  
Address: St. Biris 6 Rethymno 741 00 
Phone: 2,831,029,215 

Photograph - Pupils of village school in Omvriaki Domokos (Greece) in 1967

"Pupils of village school in Omvriaki Domokos (Greece) in 1967"
This photograph was brought to my attention by a post made by  Alexandros La"i"nas on the Facebook Group -  "Old Photographs from Greece"

Photograph - Primary School in Chios in the mid 30s

"Primary School in Chios in the mid 30s"
This photograph was brought to my attention by a post made by  Alexia Kardasilari on the Facebook Group -  "Old Photographs from Greece"
Teacher:  Theofanis Papamichalakis Student Names Unknown
Posting was linked to  Η Κοινη της Χιου

A New Museum Without Walls Opens in Washington - Update from The National Herald

A NEW MUSEUM WITHOUT WALLS OPENS IN WASHINGTON Published in The National Herald, July 8-14, 2017 Issue Authored by Steve Frangos TNH Staff Writer ------------------------------
I am excited to announce that The National Herald has given Hellenic Genealogy Geek the right to reprint articles that may be of interest to our group. 


The announcement has been made. The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State has just launched its latest effort at preservation. This is its “museum without walls” initiative.
The concept is simple: “For the past year the items in the Greeks in Washington collection have been photographed and included in a searchable database. The photos and descriptions of these items are divided into ten categories (textiles, costumes and clothing, photos/slides, documents, audio recordings, film/video/DVD, bound volumes/printed materials, newspapers, art work and other artifacts).”
This museum site did not just spring…
Greek-Canadians gifted the bronze sculpture honoring Hellenism by artist and professor at the School of Fine Arts Athens, Giorgos Houliaras, for the 375th anniversary of Montreal.
This story has been covered by , , among others.

Tripoli Greece Central Public Library

Contact info Address: Doliana 1 Tripoli 22100  Phone: 2710224238  Email:
Website: - Allows you to download an Excel spreadsheet that lets you search or browse through all the books in their collection.
Facebook link under the following name:    Φίλοι Δημόσιας Βιβλιοθήκης Τρίπολης

PARISH PROFILE: A Tale of Two Very, Very Tiny Greek Orthodox Communities

This profile was published in the February 2008 Orthodox Observer, and can be read in full online - Page 17 -

St. Alexios Chapel, Ely, Nevada - founded 1941 - 6 or 7 members St. Barbary Chapel, McGill, Nevada - founded 1907 - 7 or 8 members
Noteworthy:  Tiniest Greek Orthodox "communities" just about anywhere.  McGill is where Greek Orthodox presence in Nevada began.
Excerpts from this article:
"Perhaps the word "communities" might be stretching it quite a bit, considering that the entire Greek Orthodox population of this remote area in east-central Nevada could fit in one long pew of a typical church.
"Many years ago, however, the communities of Ely and McGill were vibrant parishes with several hundred members. . . . 
"The two communities are the easternmost of the San Francisco Metropolis.
"The town is at the eastern end of the segment of the route that crosses Nevada from C…

931 Greece Born - Montana, County Naturalization Records, 1867-1970

May 22, 2017 added a new database titled Montana, County Naturalization Records, 1867-1970 that contains 931 people recorded as having been born in Greece.
If you do not have a subscription to, remember that you can access the program at most of your local libraries for FREE.
Introduction to Naturalization Records: The act and procedure of becoming a citizen of a country is called naturalization. In the U.S., naturalization is a judicial procedure that flows from Congressional legislation. However, from the time the first naturalization act was passed in 1790 until 1906, there were no uniform standards. As a consequence, before September 1906, various federal, state, county, and local courts generated a wide variety of citizenship records that are stored in sundry courts, archives, warehouses, libraries, and private collections. After 1906 the vast majority of naturalizations took place in federal courts. Naturalization laws have changed over the years. Thes…

Greeks in Michigan: No Average Argonauts

Published in The National Herald, May 13, 2006 Issue Authored by Steve Frangos Special to The National Herald
I am excited to announce that The National Herald has given Hellenic Genealogy Geek the right to reprint articles that may be of interest to our group. 

Vasilios Anagnostopoulos was born on January 11, 1888 in the small village of Steno, located near Tripoli in the Peloponnese. He was the eldest of six children, followed by Charalambos, Christiana, Andriana, Georgia and Nicoletta. Like many of his generation, he was destined to travel far. While he was still a teenager, he was to change the economic and even cultural circumstances of northeastern Michigan.

Sad to say, however, much too much of Greek American history is lost forever.

No one from the family Anagnostopoulos established in North America is now alive. The recollections of grandchildren, nephews, famil…

Public Central Library of Pyrgos in Regional Unit of Elis, West Greece

The PUBLIC CENTRAL LIBRARY OF PYRGOS is located in the Regional Unit of Elis, West Greece.

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Contact infoAddress: German and Myrtilos Tower 27131 Phone: 2621022762 Email:

1871 - Village of MAROULIA, Municipality of Gythiou, Region of Gythio, Greece - FREE Translation of 1871 General Election List

The digital collections of the Greek State Archives offer a wealth of information to those of us interested in Greek genealogy.  As part of their online collection is the "Election Material From the Collection of Vlachoyiannis" .  This includes "General Election Lists" for each Municipality; recorded by community (city, village, settlement, etc.).
You can view a scanned copy of each list, printed in the Greek language.  This is a GREAT resource, but very difficult to navigate for those who do not read Greek.  Each row includes:  Line # -  Given Name, Surname - Father's Name -  Age - Occupation.
I have translated these pages and made them available in both Greek and English, doing my best to transcribe the information accurately.  I would always recommend viewing the original scanned copies (link below). 
- To the best of my knowledge, these lists include all Males who were eligible to vote in the elections.  
- Names are in alphabetical order by Given name (First n…

The Enduring Image of Greek Americans in Hollywood Cinema

Published in The National Herald, June 24-30, 2017 Issue Authored by Steve Frangos TNH Staff Writer
We are excited to announce that The National Herald has given Hellenic Genealogy Geek the right to reprint articles that may be of interest to our group. 

The Greek American Image in American Film is the guiding theme throughout the latest Journal of Modern Hellenism (JMH), Volume 32 (2016). It is available online at

Volume editor and TNH columnist Dan Georgakas has, once again, gathered a series of researchers to produce a common-themed series of eleven articles dealing explicitly with a specific aspect of Greek-American cultural history. As with the other volumes and books instigated and edited under Georgakas' direction, this collection of essays is, now, the “go-to” volume on the theme of GreekAmerican images within American c…