Kostakos in the 1940 Census

The release of the 1940 U.S. Census yesterday is a huge boost for genealogy research. I am very excited to be able to learn more about my family by finding my grandparents and extended family members. Over the years, I’ve heard my parents talk about cousins, aunts and uncles with whom they had lost touch and whom I never had the opportunity to meet. I know that I as I find them in the census, I will come to love them and feel the special ties that they had with my parents. This the joy of genealogy research — an extension of love and family.

Because there is no name index for this census yet, I cannot go to a website, type in a name, and have my ancestors’ names pop up. In a few months, I will be able to do so. But for now, I need to have an Enumeration District (ED) number, which I obtained by getting my family’s address on April 1, 1940, then using an online tool developed by Steve Morse (found here) to obtain the ED.

Dad had told me that his parents lived 292 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York. I found Papou’s World War II Draft Registration card which verified that was his address.

John Kostakos, World War II Draft Registration Card

John Kostakos, World War II Draft Registration Card

Using Steve Morse’s tool, I learned that the ED for yiayia and papou’s address was 24-551. I then went to http://1940census.archives.gov, looked up the ED and found their census record:

1940 US Census, John Kostakos & Family

1940 US Census, John Kostakos & Family

My grandparents are found on lines 65-71, and on line 72 is my grandfather’s brother, Bill, whom Dad fondly called “Uncle Bill.” Living two houses away on lines 56-57 is the Semetis family. Aspasia, wife of Peter, is my grandmother’s sister. If you look at the very bottom of the census page, you will see that Dad’s sister, Pauline, answered some additional questions as did her cousin, Harry Semetis.

As I look through more census records in the weeks ahead, I will use the 1940 New York Telephone Directory to help me locate specific addresses. I was elated to see this link on a blogpost today.

Wishing you much success as you hunt for your family treasure in the 1940 Census!


Greek Genealogy Toolkit

I’m delighted that Family Tree Magazine will be publishing an article on Greek Genealogy, written by Thomas MacEntee, in its forthcoming April/May issue. They have released a section of that article, labeled the “Toolkit,” which provides links to some important resources for Greek research:

Web Sites


  • Carved in Stone: The Greek Heritage by Basil S. Douros (Five and Dot Corp)
  • Family History Research in Greece by Lica Catsakis (self-published, www.licacatsakis.com)
  • The Genealogy of Greek Mythology by Vanessa James (Penguin)
  • The Greek Americans (Immigrant Experience) by Dimitris Monos (Chelsea House Publications)
  • Greek Gazetteer, 2 volumes, by Lica Catsakis (self-published, www.licacatsakis.com)
  • The Greeks in the United States by Theodore Saloutos (Harvard University Press)
  • A Guide to Greek Traditions and Customs in America by Marilyn Rouvelas (Nea Attiki Press, www.greektraditions.org)
  • A History of the Greeks in the Americas, 1453-1938 by Paul Koken (First Page Publications)
  • The Muslim and Christian Calendars : being tables for the conversion of Muslim and Christian dates from the Hijra to the year A.D. 2000, Part 2000, by Freeman-Grenville, GSP (Bellew Publishing Co Ltd)
  • Studies in Greek Genealogy by Molly Broadbent (E.J. Brill)
  • Tracing Your Greek Ancestry by Antonia S. Mattheou (self-published)


American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association
1909 Q St. NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-6300

Church of Greece
Aghias Filotheis 21
10566 Athens, Greece

Embassy of Greece
2221 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 939-1300

General State Archives of Greece
Theatrou 6
10552 Athens, Greece

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
8 East 79th St.
New York, NY 10075

(212) 570-3500
Hellenic Historical and Genealogical Association 
Box 710
Rye Beach, NH 03871
(603) 379-8140

The Hellenic Literary and Historical Archive
Aghiou Andreou 5
10556 Athens, Greece

Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center
801 W. Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 665-1234

Historical Archives of Crete
I. Sfakianaki 20
73134 Chania, Crete

+30 28 210 52606
National Hellenic Museum
333 South Halsted St.
Chicago IL, 60661

(312) 655-1234
National Hellenic Research Foundation
48 Vassileos Constantinou Ave.
11635 Athens, Greece
+30 21 0 727 3700

National Statistical Service
Evaggelistrias 2
10563 Athens, Greece