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725 born in Greece - District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961

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FamilySearch.org has a new FREE database titled "District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961" which includes 725 people born in Greece.
What is in This Collection? The collection consists of an index and images to death records from the District of Columbia. The records cover the years 1874 to 1961. The records were recorded by hand on pre-printed forms.
What Can These Records Tell Me? The following information may be found in these records:
Name of deceased Date and place of death Age and gender of deceased Race Marital status Occupation Birthplace of deceased and parents Duration of residence Cause of death Name of person(s) who removed the body Name of undertaker Place and date of burial
Deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. Death certificates were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.
Registration of vital statistics began in 1874 for the District of Columbia and was generally complied with by 1880 for deaths. Some earlier reco…

The Trials and Tribulations of Panayiotis and Giannis Seitanidis

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THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF PANAYIOTIS AND GIANNIS SEITANIDIS
by Stavros Stavridis
published in The National Herald May 16, 2020
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An Australian Pontian friend of mine, Peter Seitanidis heard that I am a historian specializing in the history of Asia Minor covering the years 1919-23. He contacted me wanting to tell me the stories of his grandfather and great uncle. Peter stated that his elderly father recounted the family story of escape, survival, and deportation from Pontos. His ancestors were originally from the city of Kerasounta (Giresun) on the Black Sea coast. The family story passed down to Peter has gaps that can be filled from other sources. Finding specific information about Kerasounta hasn't been easy but I pieced it together from scattered information. 
Before delving into Peter's account, I will provide a brie…

Greek Industrial Painters of North America

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GREEK INDUSTRIAL PAINTERS OF NORTH AMERICA
by Steve Frangos
published in The National Herald May 23, 2020
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CHICAGO- Generations of Greeks have painted bridges, towers, other metal industrial structures all across North America and Canada. While the Greek-American press has never ignored this coterie of daredevil painters Greek-American Studies, such as it exists, speaks little of them. Fortunately, the American news services have always been intrigued with these men and so recent news reports, with accompanying video footage, has once again vividly brought this industrial craft to the public's notice. 
The difference this time – besides detailed interviews with individual career painters – is the film footage. 
Not all industrial painters work outdoors. But those that do work in teams frequently at dizzying heights, to which the…

Greek Immigrant Cafe Owners Left Their Mark in Australia

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GREEK IMMIGRANT CAFE OWNERS LEFT THEIR MARK IN AUSTRALIA
by TNH Staff
published in The National Herald April 25, 2020
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QUEENSLAND, Australia – The Greek immigrant experience is especially associated with restaurants and cafes around the world. Wherever Greeks went, their traditional values of philoxenia and philotimo went with them. This was also true for the Lathouras brothers who immigrated to Australia from Alatsata in Asia Minor in 1906, the State Library of Queensland noted on its website. 
By 1923 Jannos (Jack) Lathouras and his brothers, Michael and Mark, had opened two cafes in the main street of Bundaberg, Bourbong Street. Bundaberg was a thriving provincial Queensland town during the 1920s. 
Jack Lathouras worked in several locations, including Melbourne, Brisbane and Ingham before joining his cousins, John and Steve Girdi…

The Athens Hotel of Old New York

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THE ATHENS HOTEL OF OLD NEW YORK
by Steve Frangos
published in The National Herald April 4, 2020
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In Old New York, everyone who was anyone simply said they were going to 'The Greek'. Various reasons prompted visiting The Greek: an elegant leisurely breakfast, lunch, or dinner; just to meet some friends in the lounge over cigars and brandy; a safe clean place to stay while visiting New York City. In the evening it might be some elaborate social event. The sign out front, on 30 East Forty-second street, said 'Hotel Athens'. The hotel also had frontages on 42nd and 41st streets, 123 feet east of Madison Avenue (New York Tribune March 21, 1909). To be more exact “the hotel is T shaped, fronting 31.6 feet on Forty-second street and extends 200 feet through the block to Forty-second street. It fronts 23.9 feet on Madison…

12 born in Greece - South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966

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FamilySearch.org has added a new FREE database titled "South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966" which includes 12 people born in Greece.
This collection consists of death certificates from South Africa and South-West Africa (now Namibia) from 1955-1966.
Reading These Records (from FamilySearch.org wiki page) These records are in Afrikaans and English. For help reading these records see the following guides: Afrikaans Word ListNetherlands Language and LanguagesSouth Africa Language and LanguagesWhat Can These Records Tell Me?The following information may be found in this record: NameSexAgeRaceParent's name (if under age 10)BirthplaceCivil statusOccupationWhether pensioned or dependentPlace and date of deathResidenceIntended place of burialCause of deathDuration of last illnessInformation concerning informant

4 born in Greece - Rhode Island, Providence County, Swan Point Cemetery Records 1846-1950

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FamilySearch.org has added a new FREE database titled "Rhode Island, Providence County, Providence, Swan Point Cemetery Records, ca.1846-ca1950" which has 4 records for people born in Greece.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Name
Where Buried
Place of Birth
Age
Child of
Married
Place of Death
Date of Death
Disease
Undertaker

You will be able to view the indexes immediately online.  To view the actual Cemetery Records you will need to visit a Family History Center or Affiliate Library.

19 Born in Greece - New Jersey, Mercer County, Veteran's Service Office, Grave Registration Cards

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FamilySearch.org has added a new FREE database titled "New Jersey, Mercer County, Veteran's Service Office, Grave Registration Cards" which includes 19 records for people born in Greece.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Name, Serial No.
Home Address
Next of Kin,
Born
Date of Death
Buried
City, County
Division, Secron, Lot, Block, Grave No.
War Record
Branch of Service, Rank
Enlisted, Discharged
Information Given by
Relationship
Remarks
Care Assigned to Post No.

You will be able to view the indexes immediately online.  To view the actual Grave Registration Card you will need to visit a Family History Center or Affiliate Library.

50 Greece born - Australia, WWI Service Records, 1914-1920

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Ancestry.com has added a new database titled "Australia, WWI Service Records, 1914-1920" which includes 50 people stating they were born in Greece.

Below are the names of those born in Greece along with a detailed description of the records.  With a subscription to Ancestry.com you can view the actual record, otherwise try contacting the National Archives of Australia.

NAMES:

Constantine Aroney
Stavros Kakulis
Roy Ralph
Speridon Florin
Spiros Athos Elias
James Basel Zimbulis
Peter Rados
Arthur Halkas
George Marinys
Pandelis Cosopodiotis
Emaniol Salikis
John William Florence
Sam Faftos
Nicholas Paidas
Thermistocles Copeleas
George Cretan
Theodore Dooris
Constantine Malaxos
Nicholas Rodakis
Demitrius Likiardopalus
Con Kailis
Emanuel Fardouly
Agapitos Michael
George Pippinaris
Harry Polites
Sinto Frances
Constantine Passaris
Arthur Kyriako
George Patrs
Nicholas Magaulas
Anastasi Rebea
Harry Miner Peters
Christoforos Paizes
Charalampos Patetsos
Spyros Christos Ebonomy
George Rallis
Koster Rarle
Andrew Samios
Demetrion …

518 born in Greece - Washington State County Census Records, 1850-1914

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Ancestry.com has recently added an index to the records on the Washington State Archives site that covers County Census Records, 1850-1914.   A search shows 518 people who were born in Greece.

Links:
Ancestry.com - WEB:  Washington, Various County Census Records, 1850-1914 - https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/70878/

Washington State Archives - https://digitalarchives.wa.gov/

7 Born in Greece - San Francisco, California Passenger Lists from Insular Possessions, 1907-1911

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FamilySearch.org has added a database titled "California, Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Francisco from Insular Possessions, 1907-1911" which includes 7 people born in Greece.
The following information may be found in these records: NameAgeSexNationalityRaceTime entering insular possessions and whereFinal destination



1895-96 Greek Independence Day, Chicago Style

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GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY CHICAGO-STYLE 1895-96
by Stavros Stavridis
published in The National Herald March 21, 2020
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For the Greeks living in Greece and those in the diaspora, March 25 is an important day on the Greek national calendar. It is the time that Greeks remember when their ancestors commenced their struggle for freedom from Ottoman rule on March 25,1821. 
The Daily Inter Ocean (1872-1914), a Chicago morning newspaper with a daily circulation of 50,000 copies supported the Republican side of U.S. politics. It published two articles titled ‘Their day to shout. Greeks celebrate an anniversary in their history…" and "Gala day for Greeks. Celebrate their emancipation from the rule of Turkey” on April 7, 1895 and1896. Both stories reported on the celebration of Greek Independence Day by that city's small Greek commun…

The Murder of Greek Strongman Gus Lessis

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THE MURDER OF GREEK STRONGMAN GUST LESSIS
by Steve Frangos
published in The National Herald March 21, 2020
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Few Greek strongmen have had as eventful a career in North America as Gust Lessis. For at least 13 years, as vaudevillian strongman, wrestler, boxer, and circus midway strongman Lessis successfully crisscrossed the United States. Unfortunately, newspaper accounts vary so markedly in their content on the facts of Lessis' life and professional career, that it is often difficult to clearly see this man's life even in broad detail, let alone agreed-upon documented fact. Nonetheless, such a disciplined athlete whose public performances served a host of charitable causes as much as they did his personal career deserves more attention than simply the inclusion of his name in some mere listing of the truly great strongmen of…