Does anyone have information on how to research Greek relatives?

+1 vote
Hi all.  I'm new to genealogical research.  I've been enthralled at finding records of my ancestors online, primarily using FamilySearch to find census data, marriage records, etc.  I'm coming up to a dead end regarding my paternal grandmother's side, primarily because she was born in Greece and they emigrated to the United States when she was about 4 years old.  I can find her parents' names, along with siblings, on the 1920 and 1930 censuses, but so far I haven't found any additional records.  No death records for her parents that I can find.  And I don't even know how to begin to search for birth or marriage records in Greece period, let alone the late 1800s to early 1900s.  I'm not even certain about the spelling of the surname, as I've seen it spelled about three different ways.  Any tips, leads, or advice would be much appreciated.
WikiTree profile: Katina Tremblay
in Genealogy Help by Judith King G2G Rookie (160 points)

2 Answers

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The FamilySearch Wiki article on Greece may be helpful. See

I took a look in the FamilySearch catalog, and the availability of church and civil records at FamilySearch seems limited. The Wiki does point to some local archives.

I recall a WDYTYA episode on actor John Stamos, ancestral name Stamatopoulos, that shows that success is possible with Greek research.

by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (322k points)
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Hi Judith, it would help us to help you if you entered the verifiable sources you have found. So we would know where you have searched and what more we can do.
by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (960k points)
Thanks for the reminder to enter verifiable sources, rather than simply link back to the Family Search profile.  I am so new to WikiTree, I had to go back and find how the system wanted sources linked, so hopefully what I have input helps out.  Hopefully the link to Katina's profile in the original post will show the updates.  

One cool thing is recognizing that her mother was listed as Bessie in 1940, likely an Americanized version of her Greek name, and Bessie was a widow at that point, so that prompted me to search for George's (father) death record between 1930 and 1940, which I was able to find, and it listed his parents' names.  That was exciting, at least having names of another generation back, even if I haven't yet figured out where in Greece they lived.  

I've begun looking at Ellis Island records, and came up with a possible match, with a spelling difference for George (Georges Margetis) for the year that I'm expecting, but no record of any of his family coming in through the same port several years later.  I'm going by census records that he came first in 1910, and the family followed in 1915.  I have no information, whether documented anywhere or even in family oral tradition, that gives me an idea which port of entry they used.  Ellis Island was just a starting point, to start somewhere.

So, that's what I have so far.  Thanks for your willingness to help!

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