Showing posts from May, 2010

Save Greek Heritage - Sponge Docks Tarpon Springs, Florida

I saw an article in the Suncoast News - Sponge Docks makeover plan to get reworking They are referring to the Sponge Docks at Tarpon Springs, Florida.  It brought back memories from childhood vacations to Florida with my family.  We always stopped at any place "Greek" along the way.  As a child I loved seeing the divers,  the sponges on the boats and laying on the docks, feeding the pigeons (before it was dangerous), little stores with tons of Greekish nicknacks and the old Papas Restaurant.   I was happy to read that the makeover plans are being reworked to keep the Greek feel.  It would be a shame to change this place that has such a rich Greek culture in the United States and make it look like "Disney Land". Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos) Post your family queries at the Hellenic Genealogy Geek facebook page Follow us on Twitter -

Cretan Insurrection of 1866-7-8

The book " The Cretan Insurrection of 1866-7-8 " by William James Stillman was published in 1874 by Henry Holt and Company, New York.  It is available as a FREE Google ebook. If you had relatives who were in Crete during 1866 through 1868 this might be an interesting read.  Below you can find a list of the 25 Greek names listed in the book and the Table of Contents . GREEK NAMES Afendallos Belondaki, Costa Bulgaris Comoundouros Coroncos Criaris Dimitrikarakos Joannides (aka Pappadakis) Kalergis Kelaides, Parthenius Korakas Mavrocordato Mikhali, Hadji Pappadakis (aka Joannides) Petrides Petropoulaki Sacopoulos Skoulas Soliotis Tombasis Veloudaki, Costa Yennissarli Zimbrakaki(s) TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTORY  Crete and the Cretans CHAPTER I.  (April, 1866) Ismael Pasha CHAPTER II.  (May, 1866) Agitation CHAPTER III.  (July, August 1866) Days of Terror CHAPTER IV.  (September 1866) Prel

Cyprus as I saw it in 1870

FREE Online Antiquarian Books - they are GREAT!   Here is a link to Cyprus as I saw it in 1870   by Samuel White Baker.  It was published in 1879 London by MacMillan & Co. TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Chapter I. - Arrival at Larnaca Chapter II. - The Gipsy-Vans Encounter Difficulties Chapter III. - Route to Nicosia Chapter IV. - The Messaria Chapter V. - Start for the Carpas Chapter VI. - Cape St. Andrea Chapter VII. - Kyrenia and the North Coast Chapter VIII. - Route to Baffo Chapter IX. - From Baffo to Limasol Chapter X. - The Wine District of Limasol Chapter XI. - From Limasol to the Mountains Chapter XII. - The Monastery of Trooditissa Chapter XIII. - Woods and Forests Chapter XIV. - Remarks on Irrigation Chapter XV. - Life at the Monastery of Trooditissa Chapter XVI. - Something about Taxation Chapter XVII. - The District of Limasol and Landowners Chapter XVIII. - On Police, Wages, Food, Climate, Etc. Chapter XIX. - Political Reflections Chapter XX. - Conclusion

Diggers and Greeks - Australian Campaigns in Greece and Crete

Newly released book "DIGGERS AND GREEKS" by Maria Hill Much has been written about the ill-fated Australian campaigns in Greece and Crete during World War II, but this book is the first account from the perspective of the Greeks. This compelling history combines details of the campaigns, as well as responses from Greeks and Cretans to the Allied forces on their soil. While miscommunication between the Greek General Staff and the Allied forces was frequent, this study reveals that situation on the ground was far more complex: the personal relations that developed between Australian soldiers and Greek civilians and soldiers were sometimes hostile but in other cases developed into friendships that lasted decades after the war had finished. Elucidating why the campaigns on mainland Greece and Crete compelled people to behave in altruistic ways—even when it meant placing themselves in danger—this insightful chronicle proves that it is possible to form successful relations with

Greek Genealogy - 5/14/10 New Links

Here is another group of links I haven't had a chance to categorize yet. The Douris Family Website The Greek Community of Offenbach Greek Communities in Germany Cyclades, Greek Islands Museums in Cyclades List of Byzantine names Greek immigrants who came to the Western United States , includes genealogies, pictures of people, headstones, etc The Hellenic Voice - July 2009 - articles regarding Greek American hero - Peter D. Lambros Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.  Join the " Hellenic Genealogy Geek" Facebook group and post your family queries. Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Last Cremation Obstacle Goes

In a joint decision taken by the Health, Environment, and Interior ministries yesterday, facilities will be created so that people who choose to be cremated may do so. The legislation that allows for the creation of crematoriums - to be built next to cemeteries and comply with specific regulation on emissions - has been approved. . . . . . . . . .  Although cremation has been allowed in the UK since 1884 and France in 1887, Greek lawmakers only approved legislation in 2006 allowing for the cremation of the dead to take place in Greece for the first time in the country's history. The new law permitted the cremation of people who request this method instead of burial as long as their religion also allows it.  The law still forbids cremation for Orthodox Christians.  The Church of Greece opposes the practice for believers, arguing that Orthodox traditions only allow for burial. Read the rest of the article - English Edition Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (

Genealogy of Greeks in Mariupol, Ukraine

New book - GENEALOGY OF GREEKS IN MARIUPOL, UKRAINE - "The title of the book which was recently published by the publishing house “Notioanatoliki” in Donetsk, Ukraine is “The Genealogy of Greeks in Mariupol”. The book is based on the research study on the origins of surnames of Greeks in Azov, which focused on searching documents on the first Greeks who were expatriated from Crimea in the Azof, who are in fact the “founders” of the first Greek families in Mariupol, Ukraine. Hence, for the first time, fully restored genealogy trees of well known Greek artists, painters etc from the mid 19th century, such as Archip Ivanovic Kouintze and the Greek poet Georgi Kostopraf. A long list of 4500 heads of families of the first Greek settlers in Crimea, who founded in the Azov, in the late 18th century, the city of Mariupol and surrounding Greek villages is included in the publication. From the aforementioned lists, more than 2000 families have been registered with reference to their