Beneficiary Chosen for Village History Project Initiative (VHPI) Grant

7 July 2021

Greek Ancestry is excited to announce that “Peplos (History and Genealogy) / Πέπλος (Ιστορία και Γενεαλογία)” has been awarded the second Village History Project Initiative (VHPI) grant!

Announced in the last session of the International Greek Ancestry Conference, the VHPI aims at helping people connect and exchange information by fostering collaboration. A village history project focuses beyond a specific surname to include all identifiable people residing in a specific village for an extended period of time. It includes all projects — whether they are in the planning stage, have commenced, or are completed. In the past two months, 18 projects were admitted into the VHPI! All projects admitted are listed on VHPI’s register, so that people are informed and encouraged to launch projects of their own! Along with publicity, VHPI projects are eligible for major discounts on all Greek Ancestry records and, most importantly, are considered for a VHPI grant. These grants are funded by revenue from the Greek Genealogy Guide and include donations of books, DNA tests, subscriptions to genealogy platforms, as well as other types of support. Their beneficiaries are chosen on a quarterly basis.

“Peplos (History and Genealogy) / Πέπλος (Ιστορία και Γενεαλογία)” is a recently launched project aiming at preserving and communicating the history of the village of Peplos, Thrace, and its families. Under the guidance of Dr. Ioannis Papachristou a whole team is currently working on the area’s history and historical geography, the genealogy of all the different families, as well as the preservation of local records. This project has been chosen not only as an outstanding format of the structure and scope of a village project, aspiring to set an example for others to emulate, but also thanks to the area under study, Thrace, which has been generally neglected both in historical and genealogical works.

As requested, four history books have been donated by Greek Ancestry to Dr. Papachristou! We wish Ioannis every success in his project!

At the same time, we congratulate all those who submitted a proposal to the VHPI, and assert our wish to support them! While the next grant beneficiary will be announced in early October, it should be noted that support is not restricted to beneficiaries only. In the past five months, Greek Ancestry supported two more projects: the “Αντικείμενα – Δαφνί Λακωνίας / Artifacts – Dafni of Laconia” village history website by providing free translations of the website’s contents, as well as the “Amykles Villages – Χωριά των Αμυκλών History Project“, through a special discount coupon on Greek Ancestry records, available for anyone affiliated with the project and its goals.

If you work on a village history project or plan to launch one, do not hesitate submitting it to the VHPI, by filling out this form!

The VHPI relies on revenue from the Greek Genealogy Guide, an educational platform about Greek family history and genealogy, including history, useful vocabulary, informaton about Greek names, detailed descriptions of different types of records, information about archival repositories, lists of resources and more! You may access the Guide, by clicking here. To support the VHPI, you only need to purchase the one-time fee subscription to the Guide!

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