Showing posts with label Funeral. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Funeral. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Photograph - 1924 - Mass Burial Service for Greek Immigrants - Castle Gate Mine Explosion - Utah

Date of photograph - 1924

Description:  Mass burial services for some of the Greek immigrants killed during the Castle Gate Mine explosion in 1924.  Held in a hall at Castle Gate.  Father Sinyrnopoulos is at center left.

Photo Number21585
PublisherUtah State Historical Society

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Photograph - 1908 - Funeral, Greek Orthodox Church, Salt Lake City, Utah

Date of photograph - 23 December 1908

Description:  Image shows a group of people standing around a deceased person in an open casket at a Greek funeral.

Photo NumberShipler #08851; Classified #28562 (Greek Orthodox Church p.3)
PhotographerShipler Commercial Photographers; Shipler, Harry
PublisherUtah State Historical Society; Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

1944 Distomo Greece Massacre

Town of Distomo (Central Greece) - 

"This year marks the 66th anniversary of atrocities that cost the lives of 228 people, 117 women, and 111 men, including 53 children under the age of 16." -

Watch the Greek TV show online "The New Files":  The Distomo massacre  -- "65 years after a wild massacre, "The New Files: return to the village that was almost wiped out in one day to find out that wounds still remain open."

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Greek Genealogy - 3/18/10 New Links

Here is another group of uncategorized links that may be of value in your Greek genealogy research.  

Tsintzina Society - Tsintzinian Families:  Origins and Histories - Andreou, Andritsakis, Atsalas, Camarinos, Canellos, Caravasos, Chronis, Constantakis, Constas, Costiannis, Coumuntzis, Dikaios, Doskas, Economikis, Economou, Farmakis, Gazetos, Georgitsos, Gerasimos, Gianios, Gianoukos, Gregoris, Heos, Kapetenakos, Kapsalis, Katsaros, Kostolambros, Lambros, Lascaris, Limberakis, Lourpas, Manos, Marinos, Nestopoulos, Nikolaides, Nikolakis, Nohos, Papadopoulos, Papageorgiou, Papapoulos, Papayanakos, Peliouras, Politis, Poulos, Prokos, Psychoyios, Roumanis, Seferlis, Serafis, sperides, Stratakos, Treiris, Tsakonas, Tselekis, Tsetseris, Tsoumos, Tsoutouras, Vamvalis, Varlas, Vlahos, Vlahothanasis, Voulomanos, Vournakis, Voutsanessis, Zacharias, Zachariou
The First Wave, Beyond a White Australia - Passenger Stories - Six (6) interviews with Greek immigrants - Two (2) of which are videos + MISR Passenger List - April 20, 1947 including 209 Greeks and 34 Cypriots
Greek Miners get their due 81 years after their deaths - Price Cemetery (Utah) - A new headstone commemorates 29 immigrants who were buried in unmarked graves after a 1924 mine disaster (Castle Gate Mine Explosion)

Good luck with your Greek genealogy family history research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

6,050 Deaths of American Citizens in Greece

Do you have any relatives that may have returned to Greece, and died there, during 1960, 1963-1974? has a database titled “Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1960, 1963-1974”. I did a search on “Greece” as the death location, and to my surprise there were 6,050 results. Most records look like Greek names with birth dates around the 1890-1910 period. I assume quite a few of them went back to Greece to visit or to retire.

Note: Don’t forget – if you don’t have a subscription to – most public libraries have a subscription that you can use for FREE.


The form contains some great information. I have typed out one of the forms so that you can see the detailed information that is available. Form headings are in capital letters, and the information that was entered is typed in small letters.

Note: many of the forms also have Social Security Numbers written at the top.


PLACE AND DATE – (Athens, Greece, June 11, 1969) – I assume this is the date of the report, not the date of death which is recorded further down on the report

NAME IN FULL – (Alexandros Adamis)

OCCUPATION – (Retired)

NATIVE OR NATURALIZED – (September 11, 1928) – In this case the word “Native” is crossed out

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS IN THE UNITED STATES - (916 E. 8th St., Sioux City, Iowa)

DATE OF DEATH – (April 23 5:00 p.m. 1969)

AGE as nearly as can be ascertained – (82 yrs, 3 mos, 22 days)

PLACE OF DEATH – (At his home, 11 Blere St., Nafpactos, Greece)

CAUSE OF DEATH – Cor pulmonare. INCLUDE AUTHORITY FOR STATEMENT – (Greek Registrar’s Death Certificate dated May 26, 1969, indicating cause of death.)

DISPOSITION OF THE REMAINS – (Buried in the Cemetery of Potidania, Doris, Greece. No grave numbers existing)

LOCAL LAW AS TO DISINTERRING REMAINS – (To be disinterred upon the expiration of three years and removed to a permanent purchased lot or to a mortuary chapel)

DISPOSITION OF THE EFFECTS – (In custody of wife, Panagiota Adamis)


INFORMED BY TELEGRAM: Name, Address, Relationship, Date Sent – In this particular case this section was left blank

COPY OF THIS REPORT SENT TO: Name, Address, Relationship, Date Sent – (Mrs. Panagiota Adamis - Potidania, Doris, Greece – Wife – June 11, 1969)

TRAVELING OR RESIDING ABROAD WITH RELATIVES OR FRIENDS AS FOLLOWS: Name, Adress, Relationship (Panagiota Adamis, 11 Blere St., Nafpaktos, Greece – Wife) and (Spyridoula Papaioannou, 11 Blere St., Nafpaktos, Greece – Daughter)

OTHER KNOWN RELATIVES (not given above): (Assimo Milioni, Potidania, Doris, Greece – Daughter)

THIS INFORMATION AND DATA CONCERNING AN INVENTORY OF THE EFFECTS, ACCOUNTS, ETC., HAVE BEEN PLACED UNDER FILE 234 IN THE CORRESPONDENCE OF THIS OFFICE. REMARKS: (Greek Registrar’s Death Certificate dated May 26, 1969, and Naturalization Certificate No. 2473884 sent to the Department. The decendent’s Departmental passport No. 1504130 issued April 7, 1959, previously cancelled, has been endorsed and returned to wife.

Signed by James W. Lamont, Vice Consul of the United States of America.


Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Funeral Register (Guest Books)

Originally posted to blog on on June 20, 2009

I was at my Aunt’s house last week and remembered that she had the Funeral Register (or Guest Book) from my paternal grandfather’s wake in 1964.  I sat down with her and my mother and we went through the book.  What a great find!  Not only did it help them remember stories, but we ran across names of cousins and spouses on my father’s side I didn’t know about before.  

Ask around and see if one of your family members is in possession of the Guest Book from one of your relative’s wake.  It’s a great way to help your older relative’s remember stories you would love to hear.

Good luck with your Greek genealogy research.

1872 Funeral Procession in Athens

This blog originally published on on September 30, 2008

1872 Funeral Procession in Athens (from The Greeks of To-day*)

One cannot walk out many days in Athens without witnessing a funeral procession.  Long before it comes in sight, the ear catches the low monotonous chaunt of the priests, who are preceded by boys in white robes bearing the crucifix and ecclesiastical insignia, in presence of which every head is uncovered, and every hand makes the sign of the cross.  The corpse is exposed in full view in an open coffin of light material, covered with white or black cloth, with silver or gilt decorations, the cover of which, marked with a long diagonal cross, is carried before the procession.  The body is dressed in the customary clothes of the deceased, the head slightly elevated, and the hands folded in front of a panel picture of the Virgin set up on the breast.  If it be a female, the cheeks and lips are painted, vermilion, intended to reproduce a natural expression, but which gives to the corpse an artificial and ghastly look.  Even to one accustomed to witness the exposure of the dead in Oriental countries, there is something painful in the idea of exhibiting to the glare of day, and amidst the whirl and insensibility of the public street, the features of a deceased person who in life may have been known only to the little group of mourners gathered about the remains.  But there is something to be said in favor of this mode of burial, over that of our own.  I confess to a feeling of the most tender reverence, when a funeral procession passes in Greece, which is not awakened by that of the stiff black hearse, the boxed up coffin, and the formal line of mourners, marching two by two in its wake, through the streets of western cities.  At Greek funerals the hearse is not generally employed, and the light, open casket is borne by the hands of the nearest friends of the deceased, while the other mourners walk, not march, in a group around it.  Thus they literally carry and accompany, rather than follow, their friend to the grave, and gaze upon the face which was dear to them, up to the moment when he is laid in his last resting place.  The funerals of the poor are even more touching to behold.  A single priest, perhaps, performs the chaunt, and half a dozen mourners, representing the little household, bear between them the coffin, which is composed of the cheapest material, and covered with white muslin.  When a person of distinguished position dies, the funeral procession becomes an imposing spectacle, with the bishop and priests in their gorgeous sacerdotal robes, numerous lighted candles, and martial music.  I once saw the body of a venerable bishop of the Greek Church carried in procession through the streets of Athens.  He was seated in his bishop’s chair, elevated above the people, and was clothed in his canonical robes, with mitre on head and the crosier uplifted in his hand.  A cloth around the forehead bound it to the back of the chair, but not sufficiently close to prevent the head from bobbing up and down, as if the dead man’s pale and rigid features were saluting, for the last time, the people among whom he had exercised his holy office for over three-score years.  In this position he was placed in the grave, a peculiar honor accorded to his ecclesiastical rank.  The dead – chiefly from climatic considerations – are buried within twenty-four hours of their decease.  This is very shocking to foreign ideas; but the custom has come to be complied with, within a briefer number of hours than the law’s requirement.  Indeed the feeling is, that the sooner the painful duty is over, and the house freed from the distressing spectacle of a corpse, the sooner will the minds of the mourners be relieved from association with what is repulsive, and return to the inward contemplation of their friend, as they knew him in their midst.  Thus it often happens that the first intimation of a death is conveyed in the printed invitation to the funeral.  I have conversed with a gentleman at an evening party, who appeared to be in the highest enjoyment of physical health, and the day following witnessed his interment, he having expired in the meantime from apoplexy.  I had once a business appointment with a near neighbor, and on going to fulfil it, met his dead body coming down the door steps.  I was sitting one evening at the bed-side of a distinguished American Missionary, who was describing to me his peculiar malady, and the next afternoon I saw him laid in the Protestant Cemetery.  The modern Greek may well exclaim with the ancient Greek:

“Who knows what fortunes on to-morrow wait, 

Since Charmis one day well to us appeared,

And on the next was mournfully interred!”

The removal of the body from the house frequently excites the most painful scenes.  The realization of the parting rushes upon the minds of the afflicted family before time has brought the feelings into subjection, and agonizing shrieks and wild gesticulations accompany the first movement of the funeral cortege.  It is the custom, after the decease of the occupant, to drape the interior of the house with mourning.  I was once the guest of a country gentleman, whose wife had died nearly a year before my visit.  The appearance that greeted me on entering the mansion, was not at all enlivening.  Every article of furniture, from piano to footstool, was draped in black, and even the key of the tobacco box had a small streamer of crape attached to it.  As to the huge four-post bedstead upon which I was invited to repose, it was like mounting a catafalque; while to expect “sweet dreams” under the folds and festoons of its funeral canopy, and massive silver cross and picture of the Virgin suspended over my head, was equivalent to depending upon the special intervention of the blessed Mary in my behalf.


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* The Greeks of To-day by Charles K. Tuckerman, Late Minister Resident of the United States at Athens;  Published by G. P. Putnam & Sons, New York – 1872