I have spent this weekend reading the 1872 Electoral Rolls from Sparta. I was very excited to find my great-grandfather, Panagiotis Papagiannakos listed with his father, Nikolaos, in their home village of Agios Ioannis (St. Johns) (line 1975)! This particular set of records have been typed, which is a huge blessing for me, as I can read some Greek. I keep a list of surnames of my immediate and collateral lines, and when I find a name, I enter it and the pertinent data into an Excel spreadsheet. I then type these names into my RootsMagic Greek Research database.
I print out the Greek records and the spreadsheets, then put these into my research notebook. That way, I have the original record and my transcription — invaluable when I’m trying to find a specific record weeks or months after transcribing it.
These 1872 Electoral Rolls are digitized and online at the website of the Greek Archives.