Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Greeks Included - Tampa - Italian midwife's records

"A genealogy treasure trove:  Translating an Italian midwife's records gives birth to history in Tampa" is the title of an article printed in the St Petersburg Times on August 1, 2010.  

"Angelo Lorenzo spread out 62 small notebooks, rubber-banded in packs, untouched for decades, freshly unearthed from a clothes closet. • Lorenzo wore white cotton gloves. He flipped the brittle pages with a letter opener. Each one recorded a birth in Tampa. Page one was Maria Ficarotta, born May 10, 1907. • He translated the page — handwritten in Sicilian a century ago by a Tampa midwife. The baby's parents were Antonio and Guiseppina, the midwife wrote in pencil. She was 23, he was 25. They lived on Main Street in West Tampa. • The translator had another 6,733 births to go.
The prolific midwife had birthed up to six babies a day from 1907 to 1939. On each page, she documented who the parents were, where they came from, how many other children they had, where they lived and how they earned their living.
..........Her notebooks told Lorenzo something about each mother she assisted. One had 18 babies. Only nine lived. She helped mothers who were Spanish, Italian, German, Albanian and Greek."

Monday, August 30, 2010

Google Search Engine for Greece

I recently read Genealogy Guide to Google Country Search Engines in the blog "Genealogy in Time".   They state that Google has country specific domains to deal with local regulations, etc.  and that genealogists can use it to our advantage when looking for country specific information and archives.  

I agree.  I did a few searches on the http://Google.gr search engine and the results were more closely related to what I was looking for.  When I do a search on the Google.com search engine I receive a million results and have to cull through page after page to try and find what I am looking for, many times giving up with no worthwhile results.

Try it.  Also, take the time to follow the link above and read the entire article "Genealogy Guide to Google Country Search Engines".  You will also find links to local search engines for 132 countries and translations.

Good luck with your Greek family history research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

ΚΙΣ - Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

This website resource contains the following information:

Jewish Organizations in Greece - History and Administration of Communities in Athens, Thessaloniki, Larisa, Volos, Corfu, Chalkis, Ioannina, Trikala, Rhodes 

Pre-War Communities - Alexandroupoli, Arta, Veroia, Didimoticho, Drama, Zakynthos, Kavala, Karditsa, Kastoria, Komothnh, Kos, Nea Orestiada, Xanthi, Patra, Preveza, Serres, Florina, Chania

Institutions - Jewish Museum of Greece, Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, Nursing Home "Restion", Synagogue of Chania, Jewish Museum of Rhodes

Plus information on World Jewry, the Holocaust, and Israel.

Good luck with your Greek family history research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Greek Refugee Treasures - watch video online

This video is from an exhibition titled "Refugee Treasures" that ran at the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens last year.  It highlights the evacuation of Asia Minor during 1922 and the "treasures" that were taken from Triglia and other areas in Asia Minor.

Watch the video - (scroll down on the page to access the video)


Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Chicago - National Hellenic Museum


Article published August 27, 2010 online at pitchengine.com -  read entire article

Friday, August 27, 2010

East Macedonia & Thrace - 64 New Links

64 New Links for Eastern Macedonia & Thrace - Prefectures Drama, Evros, Kavala, Rodopi, Xanthi.  They will be added to the HellenicGenealogyGeek.com  main website in the next week or so when I publish the revised and easier to navigate site.  In the meantime, you can view these additional links right here.

As always, I invite you to recommend additions to this list that you think would be helpful to those researching their Greek family history.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)      

Drama - Daily Press - Echo
Evros - Daily Press - Gnomi
Kavala - Daily Press - Express
Kavala - Daily Press - Proini
Kavala - Daily Press - Tachidromos
Kavala - Daily Press - To Chrima
Kavala - Daily Press - Enimeros
Kavala - Daily Press - Nea Egnatia
Rodopi - Daily Press - Elefthero Vima
Rodopi - Daily Press - O Chronos
Xanthi - Daily Press - Agonas
Xanthi - Daily Press - Empros

60 Photos from Greece 1903-1920 Frederic Boissonnas

I love photographs - look at their faces, hands, clothes, surroundings - now use your imagination to try and understand what it was like living in Greece during the early 1900s.

60 photographs taken between 1903 and 1920 by Frederic Boissonnas were published in January 2010 in THESPROTIA NEWS  --  "Frederic Boissonnas (1858-1946) - Masterly pictures from Greece in 1903-1920, a great photographer philhellene"


Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Thursday, August 26, 2010


CNN's "World's Untold Stories"

NEW YORK – CNN International will air a program entitled “Turkey’s Dwindling Greek Christians” as part of its series “World’s Untold Stories.” The program will air on the CNN International Channel (look for it in your local cable, satellite listings) as follows: 
• Saturday, Aug. 28: 
(GMT) 13:30, 20:00 - (EDT, New York) 9:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 29:
 (GMT) 1200, 20:30  - (EDT, New York) 8:00 a.m., 4:30 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
• Monday, Aug. 30: 
(GMT) 03:00 • Tuesday, Aug. 31: (GMT) 12:30, 17:30 - (EDT, New York) 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
The following excerpt is taken from the CNN website:
(CNN) – Patriarch Bartholomew is the living embodiment of one of the world's oldest institutions -- the Greek Orthodox Church in Constantinople.
But he could be the last to hold the title in what is modern-day Istanbul, in secular but Muslim majority Turkey.
CNN's "World's Untold Stories" examines the dwindling Greek Orthodox community in Turkey and how they are faring.
There has been a patriarch in Constantinople for 14 centuries, ever since it was the capital of Byzantium and the Eastern Roman Empire, ruling over the Eastern Mediterranean and much of the Middle East.
To this day, Orthodox Christians around the world recite prayers to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the "first among equals." Some describe him as the equivalent of the "pope" for the world's Orthodox Christians. But Bartholomew, who is now 70, may become the last in a line of some 270 bishops in Constantinople.
The Turkish government refuses to recognize Bartholomew's title as "Ecumenical Patriarch."
Twenty-five years ago, the Turkish government shut the seminary where Greek Orthodox clergy traditionally trained. Greeks who do not hold Turkish passports are barred from becoming clerics.
Instead of being the spiritual leader of his faith, Bartholomew has become a symbol of the dwindling community of ethnic Greeks still living in modern-day Istanbul. There are only around 2,000 ethnic Greeks left in Istanbul. The last members of this community are gradually dying out, but they cling tenaciously to the churches and schools their ancestors built in what was once the capital of a Greek empire.
CNN International is a separate channel in the United States. See these links for information or to watch online: http://edition.cnn.com/CNNI/  

I was notified of this on the MGSA-L Modern Greek Studies List by Anna Karpathakis - Thanks Anna

Good luck with your Greek family history research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Monday, August 16, 2010

DOCUMENTARY - Violet August: 1918 Anti-Greek Riots in Toronto

VIOLENT AUGUST: THE 1918 ANTI-GREEK RIOTS IN TORONTO -- "Recently produced documentary about the largest anti-Greek riot in North America". Produced by John Burry, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Three years in the making and nominated for a Heritage Toronto Award. It features expert commentary by two U.S. professors of modern Greek history. 

A 6 minute preview is available at www.violentaugust.com

Good luck with your Greek genealogy research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Central Macedonia, Greece - 148 New Links

148 New Links for Central Macedonia in Greece - Prefectures Chalkidiki, Imathia, Kilkis, Pella, Pieria, Serres, and Thessaloniki.

They will be added to the HellenicGenealogyGeek.com main website in the next week or so when I publish the revised and easier to navigate site.  In the meantime, you can view these additional links right here.

As always, I invite you to recommend additions to this list that you think would be helpful to those researching their Greek family history.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)      

Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) - Diocese of Kassandria
Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) - Municipality of Ormylia
Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) - Municipality of Pallini
Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) - Municipality of Moudania
Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) - Municipality of Anthemountas
Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) - Municipality of Toroni
Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) - Municipality of Kassandra
Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) - Municipality of Triglia
Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) - Municipality of Polygyros
Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) - Municipality of Sithonia
Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) - Municipality of Stagira - Akanthos
Chalkidiki (Halkidiki) - Municipality of Arnea
Imathia - Daily Press - Laos Newspaper
Imathia - Daily Press - Imerissia Imathias
Pieria - Daily Press - Pierikoi Antilaloi
Pieria - Daily Press - Politis of Pieria
Pieria - Daily Press - Imerisia of Pieria
Thessaloniki - Church of Ypapanti
Thessaloniki - Church of Aghios Menas
Thessaloniki - Church of Taxiarches
Thessaloniki - Church of Panagouda
Thessaloniki - Diocese of Lagada
Thessaloniki - Municipality of Sochos
Thessaloniki - Municipality of Thermi
Thessaloniki - Municipality of Pefka
Thessaloniki - Municipality of Pylea
Thessaloniki - Municipality of Mikra
Thessaloniki - Municipality of Axios
Thessaloniki - Daily Press - Makedoniki Ekdotiki Ektipotiki S.A.
Thessaloniki - Daily Press - Agelioforos