For the past month, I have been researching Papagiannakos records in preparation for a meeting with Father Eugene Pappas (Papagiannakos), priest at Three Hierarchs Church in Brooklyn, and a “cousin” to my mother. Both his family and mine descend from two different Nikolaos Papagiannakos’ from Agios Ioannis (born in the early 1800’s), but we have not yet been able to go back far enough to find our common ancestor. Hurricane Sandy derailed my visit with Father Eugene as Brooklyn is now under water, but my research continues.
After extracting Papagiannakos names from villages around Sparta in Electoral Rolls of 1872, Mitroon Arrenon, and other documents, I found that prior to 1900 in Agios Ioannis, there were two Ioannis’ and at least five or possibly seven Nikolaos’. I also found Papagiannakos in Therapni, Tsintzina and Zoupena.
I plotted all these families on a Google map. I put purple pins in each of the villages where a Papagiannakos family lived. Click on the pin and you will see a pop-up window showing the families in that village:
Here is a list of the families I have found so far:
AGIOS IOANNIS: 1815-1941
1815-1900: Families (fathers and sons)
1. Ioannis 4 had 1 son, Georgios born either 1875 or 1880
2. Ioannis 5 had 2 sons: Spyridon born 1890/91 and Evvagelos born 1895
Nikolaos – There were at least 5 and possibly 7 families with Nikolaos as father:
- Nikolaos 1 (may be same person as Nikolaos 4, as sons are 4 yrs apart). His son was Panagiotis born 1841 (this is my great-grandfather)
- Nikolaos 2, married to Georgia Piperis; they had 8 sons born 1889-1910 (this is Father Eugene’s ancestral family)
- Nikolaos 3, born 1815 (may be same person as Nikolaos 1, 6 or 7, as he is 20, 22, or 26 when the sons were born)
- Nikolaos 4 (may be same person as Nikolaos 1, as sons are 4 yrs apart); his son was Ioannis born 1845
- Nikolaos 5 had one son, Theodoros, born 1901
- Nikolaos 6 had one son, Ioannis 2, born 1837
- Nikolaos 7 had one son, Ioannis 1, born 1835
1901-1941: Families (fathers and sons)
- Andreas, with 6 children born 1931-1941
- Aristedes, with 4 children born 1929-1940
- Konstandinos, with 6 children born 1927-1935
- Christos, with 2 children born 1901-1904
Father: no name, son Dimitrios b 1867 (source: School Archives)
Dimitrios had 3 sons, Ioannis b 1830, Georgios b 1837, Panagiotis b 1840
Father: G, had one son, Ilias b 1886
Father: P, had one son, Christofos b 1891
Although I am grateful for the records that exist and have allowed me to research to this point, I am anxiously awaiting more information. Using several sets of records allows me to compare and contrast dates, names and locations at different times. Church records would be the golden key that ties families together. Perhaps there will come a day when they will be readily available in Greece as they are in other countries.
Now that I have finished looking in the general area of Sparta, I will look farther south in Lakonia and perhaps into Messinia, into the Mani region, to see if, when and where the Papagiannakos name appears. I’m looking for migration patterns. Meanwhile, I will keep looking for additional records to help me sort out the Nikolaos’, and be able to go back another generation or two to find the common ancestor.
Then, I’ll start on another surname! This work is never done 🙂