NEW! Greek Ancestry’s City Directories Collection

Great news! 86,000 CITY DIRECTORY records have just been published on Greek Ancestry!
What’s even better? The records are offered at DISCOUNT, for $3 only! Search now!

City Directories are broadly used in genealogy research internationally. Nonetheless, until today, their use in Greek genealogy has been minimal, perhaps even nonexistent. The reason has mainly been the lack of a systematic collection of such records, together with a consequent lack of digitization efforts. In the past few months, Greek Ancestry’s team worked methodically to overcome these barriers. Dozens of Greek city directories were collected, digitized and indexed for the first time ever! Today, we are very happy to announce that 86,000 records have just been released, while many more will follow soon!

The current collection covers many areas of Greece from the 1910s to the 1940s. Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki are highly represented, while Arcadia, Arta, Aitoloakarnania, Argolida, Evrytania and Korinthia are included as well! Within the next couple of months, the entire country will have been covered!

Greek city directory records, like all records of the kind, provide different information compared to other types of records, for instance, those falling under the “vital records” category. Beyond an individual’s given and last name, the directories include his/her occupation and address. Sometimes, a father’s initial is mentioned, as well! The value of such a record is threefold. First of all, it allows the researcher to locate a family or an individual in a particular place at a particular time when other records are unavailable. Secondly, it allows for a systematic “follow” of an individual’s or a family’s traces through time. Other types of records cannot advise as to people’s movement in space; but city directories literally are historical “snapshots,” showing who was where and when. Last but not least, a city directory record also brings context into research. You not only learn that your ancestor lived and worked in Athens, but also that he exercised a particular profession at a particular address. You can then imagine his neighborhood and everyday life. Start exploring now by clicking here!