Saturday, January 30, 2010

Hundreds of names 1696-1898 Galata - Church of St John

A few days ago I received a wonderful email from Debbie Petrides, a continuous contributor to She sent me a link to a Google online book:


In Galata, Church of Saint John the Snow – by Georgiou P. Georgiadou

Published in Konstantinople in 1898

This book covers the history of building, destruction and rebuilding of the church throughout the years, and of great interest to those doing Greek genealogy research, it INCLUDES HUNDREDS OF NAMES.

I am posting this link here on the blog, but will work to transcribe the names in both Greek and English for future posting on the website.

Good luck with your Greek genealogy research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Lexicon of Greek Names Online

I just came across this website today, and it's a great one. It's the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names with over 35,000 names that you can view online. You can either search or browse, but I must admit that I have had trouble making the search feature work for me, so I enjoyed browsing the different lists of names.

This is a great tool to confirm that the name you may be looking for is authentic in spelling or if the name has been shortened this can be a good way to get clues as to what the original name may have been. This is NOT every Greek name. "The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names (LGPN) was established to collect and publish all ancient Greek personal names, drawing on the full range of written sources from the 8th century B.C. down to the late Roman Empire." This is a major project of the British Academy.

You will have to be able to spell the name you are looking for in Greek. If you don't know how to spell the name in Greek, use the Transliteration Chart from , try to write down how you think the name may have been spelled in Greek and then start browsing the lists. They are broken down by geographic area and can be viewed in a normal forward alphabetical listing or in reverse, which allows you to view names with like endings. Very interesting.

I need to spend more time exploring this website, and can't wait. Hope you all find this to be a valuable resource in your research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

National Geographic "Under the Heel of the Turk" 1918

In July 1918 the National Geographic Magazine published an article "Under the Heel of the Turk: A Land with a Glorious Past, a Present of Abused Opportunities and a Future of Golden Possibilities" by William H. Hall. The above link will take you to the Free online copy offered through Google - (Reference pages 51 - 69 on the actual printed pages)

This article has some great photographs of people of all nationalities living in Turkey. I just love looking at the details of old pictures and trying to imagine what it was like living in those times. I don't think I would have liked it - it was a hard, hard life for women.

Just as the title suggests this article focuses on Things From the Past, The Influence of Constantinople on World Events, The Price of Neglect and Injustice, The Land and Its People, All Government in the Hands of 300 Men, The Land of Saladin the Kurd, Once the Richest Land in the World, Natural Features, Population of the Ottoman Empire, The Varied Resources, Splendid Possibilities - Neglected Resources, Primitive Methods of Agriculture, The Mountains Still Full of Valuable Ore, Petroleum Deposits, Water Power, Commercial Advantages, Splendid Natural Harbors, The Parable of the Unprofitable Servant.

I have included a few excerpts from the article:

"The population of the Ottoman Empire, not including Arabia, is about 18,000,000, or was before the war. In giving statistics on any subject regarding Turkey one speaks in approximate terms, for only estimates can be given, as no thorough census is taken or other statistics systematically gathered. Among the various races this total was distributed as follows: Turks, 7,000,000; Syrians and Arabs, 4,500,000; Kurds, 2,000,000; Armenians, 2,000,000; Greeks, 1,500,000; Jews, 500,000; other races, 500,000.

All of these peoples can trace their history back to the period when fable and legend blend with the beginnings of historic facts. And all, except the Turks, have inhabited, from time immemorial, the districts in which they are now found.......

The Christian races are the most progressive part of the population; they have been most responsive to education and have made some progress in establishing schools of their own. The Turks are the most backward of all; yet under proper encouragement and facilities they are capable of good progress. In competition with Greeks, Armenians, and Syrians, however, they invariably fall behind."

"With the exception of Damascus, Smyrna is the largest city in Turkish Asia. This, the chief seaport of Anatolia, has a population of more than 200,000, of which fully one-half are Greeks, 60,000 are Turks, 20,000 Jews, 12,000 Armenians, and 15,000 Europeans and Levantines."

".... The Greeks, putting out from their islands near by Asia Minor shore and from Ephesus and other cities of the mainland, were the great carriers and traders of ancient times. We read that King Solomon, taking advantage of his location between Egypt and Assyria, carried on a great business of mercantile exchange between these empires and became a merchant prince, whose renown spread to the corners of the earth. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, the people of those lands, they Syrians and Greeks and Armenians, have established a reputation as traders the world over."

Hope you find this National Geographic article interesting.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

1944 Hania Crete - Names of Jewish Victims

While researching the posting I made yesterday on the Etz Hayyim Synagogue in Hania, Crete, Greece, I found the following link to an article written by N. Hannan-Stavroulakis -- List of the Names of the Victims of the arrest and ultimate death of the entire Jewish Community of Hania between 29 May and 10th June 1944

I have included a list of the surnames below, but please refer to the article for specifics and given names.

Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)



Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Synagogue Attacks in Crete

As Family Historians, we should always be concerned about historical sites and record retention. There have been two anti-Semitic attacks within the last few weeks on the Etz Hayyim Synagogue in Crete. At first, it seems, there wasn’t an immediate condemnation from the Greek community in Crete. Now, after the second attack, there apparently is an outcry from some Greek organizations against these actions. Links to comments below and a link to the special edition of Greek News - The Jews of Greece.


Kathimerini – Tuesday January 19, 2010 - “Synagogue Attack Condemned”

“An attack by arsonists on Crete’s only remaining Jewish monument, the 17th-century Etz Hayyim Synagogue, was condemned yesterday, as fears were expressed about more anti-Semitic attacks.

The synagogue was attacked for the second time in 11 days early on Saturday, resulting in severe damage to the building and its contents. Nicholas Stavroulakis, the founder and director emeritus on the Jewish Museum of Greece and the man responsible for reconstructing the synagogue, descried in an e-mail text the extent of the destruction from the two fires. “On the night of January 5, the synagogue was attacked by arsonists and, in the course of a quite rabid fire, my office was destroyed, along with it some 1,800 books and the two computers, among other things.”……… Read the complete article


Greek News Agenda – “Attack Condemned” – January 19, 2010

“The government on Monday strongly condemned the weekend arson attack at a historic synagogue in the Cretan port city of Hania, the second such incident within the past month.

Justice Minister Haris Kastanidis said that the incident is “unequivocally condemned as an act that does not reflect the Greek people’s attitudes, who abhor expressions of racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism.” No group has claimed responsibility for the anti-Semitic attack.”


AHEPA Press Release - AHEPA Condemns Continued Anti-Semitic Attacks upon Synagogue in Hania, Crete - January 18, 2010


Greek News Agenda: Special Issue – The Jews of Greece

- The Jews of Greece

- Thessaloniki, “Mother of Israel”

- After the Balkan Wars

- World War II and the Shoah

- Aftermath

- Today


Good luck with your continued research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

An Island of Collectors - Skyros, Greece

“An island of Collectors: Circulation of Heirlooms and Handicrafts on the Aegean island of Skyros, Greece” – I thought this might be of interest to some of you.

I was recently made aware of this posting through the Modern Greek Studies mailing list. This blog posting was originally made in September 2008 by Theocharidis Andronikos Ph.D. student on a NYU blog entitled “Material World”.

As always, good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Greeks Arrive in Hawaii 1900-1953

UPDATE 4-22-2016

These same records are now available for FREE on - you will be able to see the actual passenger lists.


Did any of your ancestors go to, settle in, or pass through Hawaii? has a database named “All Honolulu, Hawaii, Passenger Lists, 1900-1953” -- (Note: Don’t forget – if you don’t have a subscription to – most public libraries have a subscription that you can use for FREE.) (These records are also available on microfilm through the National Archives.)
In this database there are 185 people who list Greece as either their birthplace or last place of residence. Their names are listed below, although I must admit some of the spellings are a bit suspicious, and I didn’t go in and look at each record to try and determine if they were transcribed correctly. The spellings are as they are listed in the database.
These Greeks came from a variety of Ports of Departure :
Australia - Newcastle and Sydney
British Columbia - Vancouver
Chile – Antofagasta and Valparaiso
China – Shanghai
Japan – Kobe, Okinawa, Yokohama
Marshall Islands – Majuro
New Zealand – Auckland
Philippines - Manilla
United States – Oregon (Portland), California (Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Wilmington)
People who list Greece as either their birthplace or last place of residence
Adams, Miss Allie
Adams, Mrs. Urama
Amoleckie, N.
Anastas, Demetrios
Anastas, Julia
Anastasopulos, Peter
Andrews, Stephen
Anins, Geraninos
Apostolatas, Constantins
Arapoglou, Haralambos Trifon
Athanasso, Angelina
Athanasso, George
Athanasso, Jonathan
Augerinos, Aristides
Aurich, Joseph
Ayris, D.
Baiser, S.
Bakahr, Paul
Baynalis, Nicholas
Beaumont, Allen J.
Bellos, Paris P.
Bennetto, J.
Bourds, Mitchell
Bournos, Mitchell
Brincat, John
Bugga, John
Burnos, Mitchell
Caldis, Maria
Capan, Andy
Caridia, Nicholas
Castle, John
Catsulas, Ernest
Catsulis, Gust
Chrone, Afsdtede
Chrones, James
Chrones, Tom
Chronis, Leonidas
Cipman, Glayde
Cladianos, Pete
Constantine, Peter
Contalonig, Theodore
Copulos, Michael
Copulos, Mike
Copulos, Mitchell
Costa, Christa
Costa, Lana
Costa, Maria
Costa, Spera
Costantino, Amenio
Coumas, Peter
Coutoupis, Thales
Culuris, Constantine
Dedas, Lucas
Detor, Poppy
Dilo Poulo, Alexander
Dilopoulo, Alexander
Dipoulo, Aleko
Dorizas, Jerasimos
Dounis, Demetrius C.
Enos, Frank
Fanmasonis, George B.
Geracinos, Mrs. G.
Gerasimo, Antoina
Gerasimo, Efthalia
Gerasimo, Nicolas
Geroceimos, George
Geroceimos, Pata
Gramson, John P.
Gratrakon, John
Halekmos, C.
Haskell, Oliver H.
Hawkes, Marian
Hawkes, Marien Jean
Holmsen, Nicholas
Isavdoris, John
Jannakas, Peter
Jervos, Jack
John, Annie
John, Melia
John, Sam
John, Steve
Kahudis, James
Kaludis, James
Kaludis, James G.
Kanaris, Marcos
Kangles, George
Kaperhis, George
Kasames, Nicholas
Kimball, Nick
Klose, Clyde C.
Kolletis, Nick
Komtatones, Theodoras
Konstantakos, Nicholas
Kortes, Peter
Kotsonaros, George D.
Koutrozos, Andreas
Lason, Lewis
Leavitt, Roxanne
Liliopoulos, Christos
Logothetis, Nicholas
Lycurcus, George
Lycurgas, Athena
Lycurgas, Geo.
Lycurgas, Micholas
Lycurgus, Athena
Lycurgus, Charles
Lycurgus, George
Lycurgus, Nick
Madias, Marcos, Stefrnou
Maggioros, Athina
Maggioros, Isidore B.
Maggioros, Katherine
Manos, Charles
Maracos, Nicholas
Maravelis, Daniel
Marinos, Emanuel
Mastres, H.
Metaxas, Elius
Michas, Tom
Michopulos, George
Moraglis, Markos
Moraites, Pavlos
Morffafis, Andrew
Morris, Paul
Moullos, John Nicholas
Mustaka, Jean
Nicholas, Andros
Niphoratos, Pangis
Notrica, Jack
Ortico, J.
Panaotie, Peter
Papadopolas, Peter
Papagiano, Joseph
Papanikolaov, Demetrios
Pappas, Christ A.
Parkdisis, Nick
Parnassus, Geore
Paulos, Ligory
Pels, Mary
Pels, Peter
Peterson, Peter
Preston, Alexander A.
Protopsaltis, Pnage
Ralli, Alexander
Ralli, Jenny
Ratti, Edmund
Ravazula, Liolin
Salvo, Albert
Salvo, Emilie
Sciaky, Mario-Maire
Sideris, Christos
Sideris, Julia
Sideris, Mrs. C. P.
Sotiroff, Methode
Stamatis, Peter
Stambolis, Phillip
Stathis, Peter
Stavio, Mavio
Stavio, Pete
Stavros, William
Sterio, Lena
Sterio, Marie
Sterio, Mary
Sterio, Olga
Sterio, Peter
Sterio, Sunie
Sterio, Thomas
Theofilis, Evangelia
Thomas, Henry
Thomas, John
Thomas, Mary Ann
Tierney, James
Trevellas, Tom
Tromby, G.
Trompas, Demetra
Trompas, Gregory
Trovlos, Vassilios
Tsaganis, A.
Vanvales, Mitchell
Varatas, Basil
Vassilikos, P.
Vellis, John
Venizelos, Nikitas
Washburn, Master Barr V.
Yiannatos, Gerasimos
As always, good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.
Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Walk through the Nicosia of yesteryear

Cyprus Mail published an article on January 10, 2010 on the renovated Leventis Municipal Museum in Nicosia“Walk through the Nicosia of yesteryear”.

“There are donkeys tied up on the side of cobbled walkways, woman handing out vegetables in a street market and a dark moustached man involved in some sort of barter. The year is 1850 and I’m smack in the middle of Nicosia. Then enter George Chrysanthou, a computer scientist who designs virtual tours and is now responsible for giving people the rare chance to feel like they’ve stepped foot in some sort of time machine that actually does a rather brilliant job.

As I walk down the old streets I can even turn to look and see if I’ve missed anything behind me and peek round all sorts of nooks and crannies that show me how very different the capital used to be. I soon get to stop off for a little breather in the harmam and I’m also taken for tea in the house of the Great Dragoman of Cyprus, Komesios Hadjigeorgakis. …….” Follow this link to read the entire article

I wish I had a trip scheduled to Cyprus in the near future. The museum renovation sounds very exciting. I searched for a website for the Leventis Municipal Museum but was unable to find one. If anyone knows of a url address please advise by posting a comment to this blog entry. Thanks.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Greek Education in Monastir-Pelogonia

I have found a book that is available for FREE online entitled “Greek Education in Monastir – Pelagonia: Organisation and Operation of Greek Schools, Cultural Life” by Antonis M. Koltsidas. This book could be a great resource for anyone with family from that area. It was just published in Thesseloniki in 2008 by the Society for Macedonian Studies and is full of wonderful photographs, lists of students, teachers, and administrators. There are 589 names listed in this book, too many for me to include in this blog posting, but you can view them on

As always, good luck with your Greek family genealogy 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)