Frequently Asked Questions
What is Greek Ancestry?
Greek Ancestry is the first digital platform created to meet the specific research needs of people of Greek descent and of those interested in Greek archival material. Through our searchable database, users are able to access an immense number and a remarkable variety of records from all over Greece and the Greek Diaspora!
Greek Ancestry is a private business registered and taxed in Greece. All its operations comply with Greek and EU regulations, as well as with the highest professional genealogy standards.
Who is the founder of Greek Ancestry?
Greek Ancestry was founded in January 2020 by historian Gregory Kontos. An expert in Greek migration history, Gregory is a leader in the Greek genealogy community. He pioneers digitization projects, supervises indexing teams, and provides genealogical research services for clients worldwide.
Greek Ancestry’s databases are the product of the systematic work of an entire team of indexers in Greece and abroad. However last but not least, the invaluable help and support of good friends, like Carol Kostakos Petranek and Georgia Stryker Keilman, pioneers of Greek genealogy, is undoubtedly a key element behind Greek Ancestry.
What records can I find on Greek Ancestry?
On Greek Ancestry you may find historical records that can be of genealogical value. Our database currently includes voter lists, male registers, census records, military lists, business directories, refugee registers and lots more! Check out our collections page for more information.
Greek Ancestry’s database is updated on a regular basis, so register your e-mail address to receive alerts about newly added and upgraded collections!
How to start my research?
We know… Not everyone is an experienced researcher. For this reason, we have created an online Greek Genealogy Guidebook, that will provide you with all the information you need to get your research started and advanced. At the same time, under the Education tab of our website, you may find free tools and educational resources!
If you are not sure how to spell Greek names correctly, you can ask us for free, by filling out this form.
How to search through Greek Ancestry?
Searching through Greek Ancestry’s database is very simple! Our specially developed search engine, which we like to call Zeus PowerSearch, enables you to conduct advanced searches with the combination of several search fields. Although the spelling of Greek names can sometimes be tricky, Zeus will make sure you find something useful!
What is Zeus PowerSearch?
Zeus PowerSearch is a search engine especially developed to answer the needs of Greek genealogical research! Greek Ancestry’s team combined linguistic, historical and technological knowledge, and developed the most advanced tool to search through a database of Greek records!
Zeus PowerSearch enables you to conduct searches with the combination of several search fields. At the same time, even if there is a challenging spelling, Zeus’ broad search will definitely help you find what you are looking for!
What additional information could be found on the actual record?”
The information provided in the free searchable database is usually enough to help you determine if a particular record is pertinent to your research i.e., Given Name, Last Name, Location, Year, Type of Record.
The original record may provide additional information such as father’s name, mother’s name, occupation, age, etc. Please refer to the collections page to determine specific information contained on a particular record.
Order placed. What's next?
After placing your order, you may expect to receive your records within 3 business days. If this period has passed, please check your e-mail spam folder.
When an order is placed you will receive all pertinent information on the record transcribed in both Greek and English. In addition, Greek Ancestry will also provide a complete source citation and record image at no additional cost.
After you have received your records, you may be interested in additional research! In this case, do not hesitate to contact Greek Ancestry!
Pricing & Discounts
Searching through Greek Ancestry’s database is free, with a fee applying only when you wish to order a particular record.
The fee is $8.99 USD for a record, with automatic discounts applying as you add more records to your cart. We currently accept PayPal and debit/credit card payments.
Access to the Greek Genealogy Guidebook, our educational platform, is membership-based with a one-time $25 USD fee. This membership does not encompass any record orders you wish to make through the website. Proceeds from membership fees for this Guidebook support researchers engaged in the Village History Project Initiative.
Occassionaly, we may run a sales campaign, providing discounts for all records in Greek Ancestry’s database.
Greek Ancestry may also offer discount coupons to prospective or current customers! If you have a coupon, enter the coupon code in the “Coupon Code” box, found on the Checkout page.
Why can I not find what I am looking for?
There might be a few reasons why you have not yet been able to find what you are looking for:
A) It is possible that the spelling(s) of the name(s) or place(s) which you used in your searches was/were incorrect or that a different spelling is included in a historical record. If you think this might have been the case, do not hesitate asking us for the correct spelling(s) by filling out this form for free.
B) It is possible that currently our database does not include the area you are looking for or your time period of interest. As our database is updated on a regular basis, please register your email address to receive alerts about newly added and upgraded collections!
C) Despite your best efforts, genealogical research can be unpredictable. Records might have been destroyed or gone missing! Families might have emigrated and surnames might have changed! If you feel that might be the case with your research, do not hesitate to contact Greek Ancestry!