Free Access to MyHeritage Greek Records on Sunday, June 28 and Webinars

Tomorrow on June 28, 2020, MyHeritage is offering free access to its three Greek record collections which can be accessed at these links:

Sparta Marriages, 1835-1935

Vlachogiannis Election Rolls (complete collection) 1863-1924

Corfu Vital Records (Birth-Marriage-Death) 1841-1932

There will be two events where Gregory Kontos and I will discuss these records. Access to the events is free, and will be broadcast through the MyHeritage FB page. 

The first is Sunday, June 28, at 2:00 EDT. We will give a brief overview of the collections and answer questrions.  UPDATE:  This session was recorded and can be viewed here.

The second is Tuesday, June 30, where we will discuss these records in more depth. UPDATE: To view the webinar, click here.

EXAMPLES OF RECORDS

Sparta Marriages 1835-1935  includes images of the Marriage Index book of the Metropolis of Sparta, and any documents associated with the marriage. An example is below. Note that there are 5 documents for this marriage. Some marriages have more documents, some (especially ones in the 1800s) may have only the index book:

Page from Marriage Index book of the Metropolis of Sparta

Letters between village priest and bishop, requesting and approving marriage

Municipal record and marriage affidavit

Vlachogiannis Election Registers, 1863-1924   This collection comprises names of men eligible to vote in all areas of Greece. Sometimes, there are two lists for a village that are one or two years apart. This allows the researcher to compare information on an individual, as the example below shows.

1872, line 1975: Panag. Pappagiannakos, age 31, father: Nikolaos; occupation: landowner
1873, line 2146: Panag. Papagiannakos, age 32, father: Nikolaos; occupation: landowner

Corfu Vital Records, 1841-1932   Birth, marriage and death records are primary documents of crucial importance. This collection is comprised of civil records from the island of Corfu ( Kerkyra /Κέρκυρα).

Marriage and birth documents, Corfu

Finding Greek records on the MyHeritage website is exciting, but having a family tree on the site makes the hunt even easier–the algorithms of the website will provide record hints and do the research for you! As you confirm matches to records, the algorithm is refined and will become even more exact. Record matches can come from any collection in the MyHeritage database and from the millions of names in its family trees.


Take the opportunity to browse these records for free tomorrow, and to join Gregory and me for the webinars to better understand the important information in these rich collections.

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!