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4 born in Sparta - Hawaii, World War I Service Records 1917-1919

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FamilySearch.org has a new FREE database titled "Hawaii, World War I Service Records, 1917-1919" that includes 4 people born in Sparta, Greece.

World War I Service Records for Hawaii WWI veterans who served in 1917-1919. Congress ordered that a service record for each person serving in 1917-1918 be created and provided to the Adjutant General of each state. That record consisted of a card that contained information abstracted from the service record of each veteran. Clerks in the War Department and Navy Department executed the work. Digital capture of the original records are located at the Hawaii State Archives.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Name of service memberSerial numberBirth placeRaceWhen inductedOrganizationsMilitary gradeWounds received in actionIf served overseasDate of dischargeIf disabled

1867 - Village of SKOUFOMYTI, Municipality of Malevriou, Region of Gythio, Greece - FREE Translation of 1867 General Election List

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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 name…

Greek-American Louis Metaxas Searching for Americanos in Asia Minor

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Greek-American Louis Metaxas Searching for Americanos in Asia Minor
by Stavros T. Stavridis
Published in The National Herald, March 2, 2019
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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. 
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This brief article will explain the action of one Greek-American who wanted to learn the fate of his brother-in-law, who was detained as a prisoner of war in Asia Minor. It will also be shown that there is clear evidence in Greek official sources supporting the argument for the existence of detained Greek prisoners in Turkey despite Turkish press denials. 
In 1929, Louis Metaxas, a resident of Greenfield, Massachusetts, inquired into the fate of his brother-in-law Panagiotis Americanos. Allen J. Treadway, a Congressman from Massachusetts, wrote to the State Department and Near East Relief (NER) seeking their assistance in this matter. Metaxas pointed ou…

More Greek-American Blackface, Ethnic Stereotypes in Vaudeville

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More Greek-American Blackface, Ethnic Stereotypes in Vaudeville
by Steve Frangos
Published in The National Herald, March 2, 2019
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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. 
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Joe Burns and Murray Kissen were an incredibly successful song and comedy team that performed for decades all across North America. That Burns and Kissen based a significant part of their careers making fun of Greek immigrants to North America is somehow long forgotten.

Vaudeville acts during the late 1890s and well into the 1900s were renowned for their comedy routines that wickedly lampooned the newly arriving immigrants. The inability of the newly arrived foreigners to speak, and so fully understand standard American English was the core premise of this form of humor. Germans, Orientals, Jews, Irish, Greeks, and other newly arriving ethnic groups were all merci…

Speros Vryonis, Greek-American Historian, dead at 90

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Speros Vryonis, Greek-American Historian, dead at 90
published in ekathimerini.com 13 March 2019
Excerpts from article:
Speros Vryonis, the Greek-American historian and esteemed professor also known for his extensive research on the 1955 pogrom targeting the Greeks of Istanbul, has died. He was 90.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1928, Vryonis was the son of Greek migrants from the Ionian island of Cephalonia. He received his BA from Southwestern College, Memphis, Tennessee, majoring in ancient history and classics, before earning a postgraduate degree and a PhD from Harvard University for a thesis on “The internal history of Byzantium during the time of troubles, 1057-81.”
His books include “The Decline of Medieval Hellenism in Asia Minor and the Process of Islamization from the Eleventh through the Fifteenth Century” (1971), “The Mechanism of Catastrophe: The Turkish Pogrom of September 6-7, 1955, and the Destruction of the Greek Community of Istanbul” (2005), and “Byzantium and Europe” (…

1867 - Village of SOLA, Municipality of Malevriou, Region of Gythio, Greece - FREE Translation of 1867 General Election List

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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 name…

1867 - Village of PALOVA, Municipality of Malevriou, Region of Gythio, Greece - FREE Translation of 1867 General Election List

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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 name…