I have returned from month-long productive (and exhausting!) research trip to Sparta and there are many posts to write about the resources I have consulted and the records I have obtained.
However, I am starting with the Dimotologion (Town Register) Records that are found at the General Archives of Greece, Sparta office.
One of the most helpful record collections to help identify families are these Town Registers. They are similar to a U.S. Census record, as they list the husband, wife, and children of each family in a village, the parents’ names of the husband and wife; years and places of birth, occupation, citizenship and other information. These records were created in the mid-1950’s. I find that the birth years of the parents were in the late 1800’s, and the children’s births were in the early-mid 1900’s. If you can find your grand or great-grandparents in a Dimotologion, you will have much information to proceed on your research.
My previous post which gives examples of Dimotologion records, and explains how to read and interpret them, can be found here.
During the two week period that I spent in the Sparta Archives, I made a list of all of the Town Registers that are available in their office. These records are created and kept by village. Therefore, you must know the original name of your family and the exact village of origin. Researchers can send a request to the Archive Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ask if their family is found in the Dimotologion; however, do not submit a request unless you have this specific information. Oftentimes, immigrants would give the nearest large city as their place of origin when in actuality they were from a small village near the city. If you see “Sparta” as the place of origin, keep digging until you have the exact village and original surname! The list below will help you further understand the importance of knowing the village name.
Village List of Dimotologion (Town Registers) in the Sparta Archives Office
(Note: smaller villages, hamlets and neighborhoods will be found in the record of the larger, closest town)
Agios Ioannis Monemvasia
Agios Ioannis Sparta
Agia (Chania Koutoumous)
Ano Kastanias Voion
Dafnis – Kaminion
Kozi-Kokkinorrachi-Riviotissa, Sykaraki, Charision