Showing posts from October, 2018

PARISH PROFILE: St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Bakersfield, California

Published in the Orthdox Observer, September-October 2018 - page 25

St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Bakersfield, California

Founded:  1924


Not all immigrants from Greece in the late 19th and early 20th centuries chose to settle in the major metropolitan areas of the East and Midwest. 

A small number traveled to more remote areas; among these was the high desert region of California’s interior where Bakersfield (pop. about 380,000) is centrally located, 112 miles north of glamorous, star-studded L.A. 

 According to a parish history, the “pioneer” Greek Orthodox came to build the railroads – the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific – as did many Chinese and Irish men before them. Others soon established businesses that supported the railroads. 

Still others engaged in farming (Bakersfield is at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, part of California’s Central Valley that produces nearly 13 percent of the country’s agricultural output). 

A unique feature of the parish’s website is a l…

Exhibit on Early Greek Parishes & Priests to Open in St. Augustine, Florida


authored by William H. Samonides, Ph.D.

published in the Orthodox Observer, September-October 2018 issue - page 17


An exhibition highlighting some of the earliest Greek Orthodox parishes and priests in America will open at the St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine in St Augustine, Fla., in January. 

Early Greek Orthodox Parishes and Priests of the South will examine the history and development of 14 par- ishes, including six cathedrals, in seven states from the Metropolises of Atlanta, Denver, and Detroit. 

The exhibition is the work of this writer and Dr. Regine J. Samonides. It is their third exhibition of a planned cycle of five to be held at the Shrine and re- places Pioneering Priests: Establishing the Greek Orthodox Faith in America, which has been on display since 2015. 

The new exhibition will be dis- played during calendar year 2019 and will be followed by an exhibition from the Benaki Museum in Athens that …

Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece

2 Leoforos Stratou
Thessaloniki 546 40 Greece

Telephone +30 231 086 8570


The year 2014 is a landmark as it represents the anniversary of twenty years since the Museum opened its doors for the first time on September 11th 1994 with the exhibition ‘Byzantine Treasures of Thessaloniki. The return journey’.  This way the Museum of Byzantine Culture was inaugurated by the Prime Minister. That exhibition with the inspired title marked the return of the Byzantine antiquities, on the 14th of June 1994*, after eighty years in the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens where they have been transferred in 1916. The exhibition also marked the end of a long effort for the foundation of a Byzantine Museum in Macedonia and specifically in Thessaloniki which is connected with persons and events of the recent and contemporary history of the Greek state.

Introduction to the permanent exhibition

The eleven rooms that comprise the Museum’s permanent exhibition …


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Greek-American Boxers: An Oft-Ignored Segment of U.S. Hellenic History

By Steve Frangos

Published in The National Herald, June 29, 2013
I am excited that The National Herald has given Hellenic Genealogy Geek the right to reprint articles that may be of interest to our group. 

Greeks in the United States have a long and distinguished history as professional boxers. The very same could be said for the presence of Greeks in amateur boxing contests. Beginning in the early 1900s, Greek immigrant boxers in both professional and amateur matches were well-recognized (and feared) contenders all across the country. For those solely interested in so-called serious historical accounts of Greeks in North America, sporting events might seem to be merely the brutal-end of popular cultural entertainments. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. How Greeks were perceived by the general American public as well as how Greek immigrants perceive…

"The Burning of Smyrna" with Karen Batshaw presentation at The National Hellenic Museum, Chicago - Oct 25, 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018

6:00 – 8:00 PM 

National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60661
Telephone 312-655-1234

Register Online -

Non-Members: $15, NHM Members: $10, Students: $5 


Karen Batshaw’s presentation will discuss the Burning of Smyrna, which once was a beautiful prosperous cosmopolitan city where Greek Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Armenians and Jews lived together in harmony. With this mind, she analyzes the events of September 1922, when the Turkish army descended upon the city and burned down the area that belonged to the Christians. In the harbor were over twenty war ships, belonging to the Great Powers: Britain, Italy, France, and the United States. The Christians erroneously thought they would be protected from the Turkish cavalry. However, the Great Powers did not want to offend A…

1874 - Village of OUTSIDE NYFI (Εξω Νυφη), Municipality of Kolokynthiou, Region of Gythio, Greece - FREE Translation of 1874 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 …