Frequently Asked Questions
What is Greek Ancestry?
Greek Ancestry is the premier digital platform designed to cater to the unique research needs of people of Greek descent and those interested in Greek historical material. Our constantly growing searchable database allows users to access an extensive and diverse collection of records from across 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 2020 by historian Gregory Kontos, a leading figure in the Greek genealogy community and an expert in Greek migration history. He supervises digitization and indexing projects, and offers genealogical research services to clients worldwide.
Greek Ancestry’s databases are the result of the dedicated work of a team of indexers in Greece and around the world. Furthermore, the invaluable assistance and support of good friends like Carol Kostakos Petranek and Georgia Stryker Keilman, both pioneers in Greek genealogy, have been instrumental in Greek Ancestry’s success.
What records can I find on Greek Ancestry?
At Greek Ancestry, you can access historical records with great genealogical value. Our extensive database currently features a wide range of resources, including voter lists, male registers, census records, military lists, business directories, and refugee registers, among others. For more details, please visit our collections page.
We regularly update our database with new and upgraded collections, and by register your e-mail address with us, you’ll receive timely alerts about these additions. Stay connected with Greek Ancestry and discover more about your family’s past!
How to start my research?
We understand that not everyone is an experienced researcher. That’s why we’ve created the online Greek Genealogy Guidebook, which provides all the information you need to start and advance your research. You can also access free tools and educational resources under the Education tab on our website.
If you’re not sure how to spell Greek names correctly, simply fill out this form. to ask us for help for free. We’re always happy to assist you!
How to search through Greek Ancestry?
Searching through Greek Ancestry’s database is a breeze with our specially developed search engine, Zeus PowerSearch. Conduct advanced searches with the combination of several search fields and let Zeus help you overcome the challenges of spelling Greek names correctly!
What is Zeus PowerSearch?
Zeus PowerSearch is the ultimate search engine for Greek genealogical research! The Greek Ancestry team has combined their linguistic, historical, and technological knowledge to develop the most advanced tool for searching through a database of Greek records.
With Zeus PowerSearch, you can conduct searches using multiple search fields. Even if there are challenging spellings, Zeus’ broad search capabilities will help you find what you’re looking for in no time.
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?
Once you’ve placed your order, you can expect to receive your record(s) within three business days. If this period has passed, please check your email spam folder.
Upon placing an order, you will receive all pertinent information on the record transcribed in both Greek and English. In addition, Greek Ancestry provides a complete source citation and record image at no additional cost.
If you require further research after receiving your records, please don’t hesitate to contact Greek Ancestry!
Pricing & Discounts
Searching through Greek Ancestry’s database is completely free, and you’ll only be charged a fee if you choose to order a particular record. The cost is $8.99 USD per record, with automatic discounts applied as you add more records to your cart. To make a payment, we accept both PayPal and debit/credit card transactions.
Access to the Greek Genealogy Guidebook, which provides comprehensive information to help you get started with your research, requires a one-time membership fee of $25 USD. Please note that this membership fee does not include any record orders you may wish to make through the website. Proceeds from membership fees support researchers working on the Village History Project Initiative.
From time to time, we may run sales campaigns that offer discounts on all records in Greek Ancestry’s database. Additionally, we may offer discount coupons to both prospective and current customers. If you have a coupon code, you can enter it in the “Coupon Code” box on the Checkout page.
Why can I not find what I am looking for?
There may be several reasons why you have not yet been able to find what you are looking for:
A) It is possible that the spelling of the name or place you used in your search was incorrect, or that a different spelling is included in a historical record. If you suspect this might be the case, feel free to ask us for the correct spelling by filling out this form for free.
B) It is also possible that our database currently does not include the area or time period you are interested in. However, we regularly update our database, so please register your email address to receive alerts about newly added and upgraded collections.
C) Genealogical research can sometimes be unpredictable. Records may have been destroyed or lost, families may have emigrated and surnames may have changed. If you suspect that this might be the case with your research, do not hesitate to contact Greek Ancestry for assistance.