MyHeritage Releases Three Greek Record Collections

I am thrilled to announce that today, MyHeritage has published three Greek genealogical collections which will be of inestimable value to researchers. Descriptive information about the collections below is taken from the official press release which can be found here.

These collections are name indexed and searchable in both Greek and English. MyHeritage employs automatic translation, which means you can type a name in English and the Greek record will be found.

Click on the record title below to go directly to that collection.

Sparta Marriages, 1835-1935

This consists of 179,411 records which include images of the couple’s marriage license and their listing in the marriage register. The records in this collection list the full names of the bride and groom, the date of marriage, their fathers’ names, the birthplace of the bride and groom, and occasionally the names of witnesses to the marriage. The images in this collection were photographed, digitized, and indexed by MyHeritage from the original paper documents, in cooperation with the Metropolis of Monemvasia and Sparta.

Example:  A search in English for Panagiotis Iliopoulos, marriage to Maria Minakaki:

Marriage Sep 13 1925
Sparta, Greece (Σπάρτα, Ελλάδα)
Groom Name: Παναγιώτης Ηλιόπουλος (Panagiotis Iliopoulos)
Birth: Μαχμούμπεϊ (Machmoumpei)
Father: Ηλίας Ηλιόπουλος (Ilias Iliopoulos)
Bride Name: Μαρία Μηνακάκη (Maria Minakaki)
Birth: Σοχά (Socha)
Father: Ευστράτιος Μηνακάκη (Eystratios Minakaki)
Ordinal Number 436
Church Εισόδια της Θεοτόκου (Eisodia Tis Theotokou)

Iliopoulos-Minakaki marriage, 1925

Corfu Vital Records, 1841-1932

This consist of 646,807 birth, marriage, and death records. The records were collected by the civil authorities in Corfu and document the life events of all residents of the island regardless of their ethnicity or religion. Birth records from this collection may contain the child’s given name and surname, birthdate and place of birth, name and age of both parents, and the given names of the child’s grandfathers. A marriage record from this collection may include the date of marriage, groom’s given name and surname, age, place of birth, residence, and his father’s name. Similar information is recorded about the bride and her father. Death records in this collection may include the name of the deceased, date of death, age at death, place of birth, residence, and parents’ names. The indexed collection of Corfu Vital Records includes scans of the original documents and is available exclusively on MyHeritage.

Example:  A search in English for a death record for Georgios Milou:

Name Γεώργιος Μήλου (Georgios Milou)
Record type Death
Birth Κέρκυρα (Kerkyra)
Death Jan 13 1921
Κέρκυρα, Ελλάδα (Corfu, Greece)
Residence Ορφανοτροφείο, Ελλάδα (Orfanotrofeio, Greece)
Father άγνωστος (Agnostos)
Mother άγνωστη (Agnosti)

Civil death record for Γεώργιος Μήλου (Georgios Milou)

Election Registers from the Vlachogiannis collection, 1863-1924

This consists of 1,006,594 records and provide nationwide coverage of males ages 21 and up who were eligible to vote. They list the voter’s given name, surname, father’s name, age, and occupation. Each record includes the individual’s name in Greek, and a Latinized transliteration of the name that follows the standard adopted by the Greek government. MyHeritage translated many of the occupations from Greek to English and expanded many given names, which are often abbreviated in the original records. This new collection includes scans of the original documents and is the most extensive index of Greek electoral rolls currently available anywhere.

Example:  A search in English for Georgios Gritis:

Name Γεώργιος Γρίτης (Georgios Gritis)
Age 47
Birth (implied) Circa 1825
Occupation Κτηματίας (Landowner)
Voter registration
Year: 1872
Residence: Άγιος Ιωάννης, Σπάρτης, Λακεδαίμονος, Ελλάδα (Agios Ioannis, Spartis, Lakedaimonos, Greece)
Serial #: 1733

Georgios Gritis, line 1733

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the past five summers, I have worked at the Metropolis of Sparta to digitize these Sparta marriage index books and marriage documents, as well as the village church books of Lakonia. Now that these records are beginning to come online, I am thrilled beyond words, knowing that they will help countless people in years to come. Finding one’s ancestors and learning more about our family history brings joy and meaning to us and our families. I wish you success in your research!

5 thoughts on “MyHeritage Releases Three Greek Record Collections

  1. This is just a huge thank you for the work I know this has been.
    It actually makes me more curious of all I do not know, extended tree. When looking through some of the data, the names are all familiar from the village, Skoura, my parents were born in. It was a 2 named village (Varvitsa), though the two are about 15 miles apart. I noticed Vamvakou, a few miles from Varvitsa, yet no entry for Varvitsa. Albeit the same surnames would be similar. It piqued my curiosity.
    I visited last summer and had plans to go again this summer (2020)…not yet sure with all the virus noise.
    I wanted to seek out the work you’ve done.
    Though I have a good knowledge of my roots as I tried to write things down over the years. I’m in no way aware of most of it.
    My yiayia ( mother’s side) was born in 1880 and lived to 1974…..and though her brain was like an encyclopedia, we were too lazy and disinterested to write it down 🤷🏻‍♀️
    So here I am piecing it together.
    She had all the finely tuned gossip of the horio….gone now.
    My father was a Bouloukos (Βουλουκου)…..which you use a “V” for….interesting. In Canada it is often Vouloukos….not in the USA. There have been 2 spellings here, one with the second “o”, one without.
    I may never get further than what I know….at 76, I get lazier.
    One more trip to Greece may energize me🤺🤺

    • Thank you for writing, Helen. A trip to Greece to visit the Sparta Archives office with all its resources and the Sparta Library will be such a help to you. As with US research, most of the information is in repositories, not online. And when you go, don’t forget to visit the village churches and look at their books. Wishing you every success

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    On Mon, May 18, 2020, 1:43 PM Spartan Roots (Σπαρτιατικές Ρίζες) wrote:

    > Spartan Roots posted: “I am thrilled to announce that today, MyHeritage > has published three Greek genealogical collections which will be of > inestimable value to researchers. Descriptive information about the > collections below is taken from the official press release which can b” >

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