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Village of KARDARA, Municipality of Falanthou, Region of Mantineias, Greece - FREE Translation of 1879 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 in alphabetical order by Given name (First n…

1,201 born in Greece - Rhode Island, District Court Naturalization Indexes, 1906-1991

Image has a new FREE database titledRhode Island, District Court Naturalization Indexes, 1906-1991 which has 1,201 index cards for people born in Greece.  
The Index card contains the following information:

Family name
Given name or names
Certificate No.
Title and location of court
Country of birth or allegiance
When born (or age)
Date and port of arrival in U.S.
Date of naturalization
Names and addresses of witnesses

You might also be interested in a previous post - United States, New England Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906 which has 2,075 index cards for people born in Greece.

Greek Genealogy Find at Local Thrift Store

A few days ago my brother and nephew were browsing through a local Goodwill thrift store.  Neither one can read Greek, but my brother thought he found a book that was either written in Greek or Russian, with lots of pictures, so he bought it for me.  The price was only 89 cents.    

Our theory is that when the grandparents pass away the children don't know what to do with all of their parent's possessions, so they box them up and donate them.  You never know what you might find.  KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN and ALWAYS CHECK OUT THE BOOK SECTION.

At the 1st National Hellenic Genealogy Conference held last April in New York, Louis Katsos spoke about the fact that practically every community, or at least Municipality, in Greece has had some local historian write a book on the history of the area.  That might be true - here is the one my brother found:

Edessa city of waters and 3000 years of history
Municipaity of Edessa
Published Edessa, 2008
by Ευθυμια Ι. Γουναρα  (Efthimia I. Gounara)

This is …