Showing posts from August, 2014

186 Greece Born - Washington D.C., Military Naturalization Petitions, 1918-1924

Image has a database online that is titled - WASHINGTON D.C., MILITARY NATURALIZATION PETITIONS, 1918-1924 which includes 186 people who listed Greece as their place of birth - you will have the ability to view the actual petition online. Don't forget - most of you can access these records online at your local public library for FREE.  Read more on one of my previous posts " Something New To Try When Using in the Library for FREE " Description of database from This database contains Petitions for Naturalization filed by former soldiers in Washington, D.C., courts during the years 1918–1924. Petitions may include a wide range of details, such as name current address occupation birth date and place current and former citizenship marriage and spouse details children emigration details About the Naturalization Process The first step for an immigrant who wanted to become a U.S. citizen was filing a Declaration of I

Greek-American Oral Histories at Wayne State University

ARCHIVAL RESOURCE: ORAL HISTORIES FROM THE GREEK-AMERICAN FAMILY PROJECT AT WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY This resource was brought to my attention on the Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA) mailing list by Y. Anagnostou / George Paganelis Wayne State University, The Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs  Folklore archive that includes correspondence and many oral histories from the Greek-American Family Project. See the finding aid at .  The Reuther Library also has miscellaneous other Greek materials which can be searched on that library’s home page at . Notably, the archive includes interviews with historian Dan Georgakas

Smyrna Fire - First Divine Liturgy in 90+ Years in Only Church to Survive

FIRST DIVINE LITURGY IN 90+ YEARS IN ONLY CHURCH TO SURVIVE SMYRNA FIRE Published in The Pappas Post, August 18, 2014 Authored by Chrysovalantis Stamelos Izmir, Turkey - The Greek Church of Agios Voukolos (Aya Vukla in Turkish) in the city of Izmir has just celebrated its first liturgy after 92 years.  Located in the Basmane district, a historically Greek and Armenian neighborhood, the newly restored church held a service open to the city and its community.  The church is mentioned prominently in Giles Milton's Paradise Lost. . . .  According to Orthodox Christian historians, Saint Voukolos (Vukla) was the first Christian bishop of Smyrna, and was a student of Saint John the Evangelist.  The church of Agios Voukos is the only remaining original Greek Orthodox church left standing in downtown Izmir dating to the Ottoman Smyrna era around the 1860s. The church was unaffected by the catastrophic fire which engulfed the city in 1922, and was restored in 2008 as a cu

832 of Greek Nationality - Germany, Dacha Concentration Camp Records, 1945

Image has a database online that is titled - GERMANY, DACHA CONCENTRATION CAMP RECORDS, 1945 which has 832 people listed as having Greek Nationality. Don't forget - most of you can access these records online at your local public library for FREE.  Read more on one of my previous posts " Something New To Try When Using in the Library for FREE " description Historical Background: Established in 1933, Dachau was one of the first Nazi concentration camps. Until it was liberated on April 29, 1945, over 206,000 prisoners from all over Europe, Jews and non-Jews, were held there. Some, particularly in the early years, were released, and transfers to and from Dachau were common. There are over 31,000 registered deaths in Dachau, but many deaths were not registered, so the total is not known. From 1933 to 1945 over 206,000 registered prisoners were held at some time in Dachau. Many had been transferred from other camps. Virtually e

A Precious Past Reclaimed - Greek Cypriot Village

A PRECIOUS PAST RECLAIMED Published in the Cyprus Mail - 16 August 2014  Written by Bejay Browne Excerpts from article: The Tale of a village in the north whose Greek Cypriot residents were torn apart and displaced by the Turkish invasion has been eloquently and lovingly resurrected by two foreigners with only indirect links to the village. A book, and then a film containing photos of the residents of Phlamoudhi before the invasion, have given the refugees a precious link to a way of life which has now gone forever, and which they were forced to flee leaving all their belongings behind - including photos. Ian Cohn came first.  The American photographer and architect came to Cyprus in 1972 to take photos of an archaeological dig taking place near Phlamoudhi, on the cost east of Kyrenia. "I was invited to be the official photographer for the Columbia university expedition for eight weeks.  Everyone was very welcoming, even though I had an outlandish appearance.  W

Village of VRESTHAINA, Municipality of Oinoundos (Enoundos), Region of Laconia, Greece - FREE Translation of 1872 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