FAQ

What is Greek Ancestry?

Interest in genealogy and family history is growing internationally. Despite immense interest, however, Greece has been significantly underserved by the major genealogy companies. Greek Ancestry is the first digital platform created to meet the specific research needs of people of Greek descent and those interested in Greek archival records. Through our searchable databases, 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 with high professional genealogy and indexing 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, a pioneer of Greek genealogy, is undoubtedly a key element behind Greek Ancestry.

What records can I find on Greek Ancestry?

On Greek Ancestry you will find any record that can be of genealogical interest. Our databases currently include voter lists, male registers, census records, military lists and many more. Greek Ancestry’s databases are updated on a monthly basis, so register your email 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, Greek Ancestry offers resources and free tools helpful to everyone! A constantly updated resources list will help you in your first research steps. Useful links are included directing you to lists of villages and surnames, as well as to basic vocabulary you will need if you want to read old Greek records on your own.

To find out whether your place of origin is included in our databases, you can use our place search tool. 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 databases is very easy! For instructions, please, click here.

What additional information do transcribed records include?

The information provided in the free searchable indexed databases is partial. However, when you order a complete transcribed record, you receive additional information.

All records and collections are not the same. However, in most cases, you can expect to receive at least some of the following additional information: full first name, age, father’s name, occupation. A complete source citation and record image will be provided for free.

How to order records?

For instructions on how to order records, please click here.

Tip: Automatic discounts apply, when you order more than one record. The more records you order, the greater discounts you receive. You do not need to have a coupon to be eligible to receive automatic discounts!

What are Greek Ancestry coupons?

Greek Ancestry may offer coupons to prospective or previous customers. If you have a coupon, enter the coupon code in the “Coupon Code” box located below your cart overview. Be sure to click “APPLY COUPON” to get the discount.

Why can I not find what I am looking for?

There might be many 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 incorrect or that our databases include a different spelling . 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 databases do not include the area you are looking for or the time period of interest. As our databases are updated on a monthly basis, please register your email address to receive alerts about newly added and upgraded collections!

C) Despite your best efforts, genealogy research can be unpredictable. Some names can be missing, some records might have been destroyed. If you feel that might be the case with your research, try to do as many searches as possible, using alternative spellings and searching for the entire village/town you think your ancestor might have come from.

What new collections will Greek Ancestry be adding?

Greek Ancestry’s collections are updated on a monthly basis. Notifications are posted on the main page, and on Greek Ancestry’s social media pages, and are sent to subscribers by email. So, stay tuned!

What other tools does Greek Ancestry provide?

In addition to its searchable databases, Greek Ancestry provides two more tools. To find out whether your place of origin is included in our databases, you can use our place search tool. If you are not sure how to spell Greek names correctly, you can ask us for free, by filling out this form.

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