Greece 2016

In July 2016, I returned to Greece with my daughter, Kathy Lynard, and her sons (my grandsons) Ben and Andrew Soper. I am so excited to introduce my family to the land of their ancestors. Together, we toured Athens, Eleusina, Santorini and our family villages in Sparta. When they returned to the U.S., I stayed an extra ten days to continue my research.

I was able to find new information at the General Archives of Greece, Sparta office; the Town Halls (Dimharheion) of Sparta and Kalamata, Messinia; the Central Library of Sparta. My dear friends, Gregory Kontos and Giannis Michalakakos, were a tremendous help and support throughout this trip.

I loved seeing my family, meeting new family members, and connecting with friends whom I have come to know and love through social media.

Follow my journey of discovery in the blog posts below.  I am happy to answer any questions about my trip, or to  help you prepare for your own. Please contact me at

Part One: Athens

Part Two: Acropolis Museum and Plaka

Part Three: Eleusina, Ancient Mysteries

Part Four: Santorini, Heaven on Earth

Part Five: Always Have a Plan B!

Part Six:  It’s All About Family

Part Seven: Digging Deeper

Part Eight: Meandering in Mani

Part Nine:  Home Again