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My Yiya came from Zanthe. Her name was Stamata Stamiti. I am told she was adopted by a Tripodes family in Alameda, probably sometime in the first 15 years of the last century. I am planning to go to Zanthe and would like to hear from anyone who may have known my Yiya, including any info about her family here and in Zanthe. Her married name was Xenakis, and then changed to Xenos. I would appreciate any help. Thank you.
I am currently a student at Farmingdale High School on Long Island. For a research project, I need some reliable first-hand documents pertaining to Turkish atrocities against Greeks. Thank you.
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Here are a couple of primary sources about the massacres in the early 20th century. Both of these sources are available online as well, although you would probably want to consult the original book publications and/or the recent book republications for the quality of your research.
Here next is a highly credible, secondary source about the atrocities in the mid-20th century, which were a continuation of the earlier terrors. This carefully researched study contains references to numerous first-hand documents:
Do you want to develop your research project further? You could put this history into its proper, larger context. The Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Christian populations were obliterated from or decimated in almost all of Turkey through state sponsored violence during the 20th century. These were populations or civilizations that predated the Turks in Asia Minor. You could put together the genocide of the Armenians in Anatolia; the decimation of the Syriac Orthodox of the Mardin region, southeast Turkey (and also the genocide of the Assyrians or Assyro-Chaldeans of northern Mesopotamia, southeast Turkey); the pressures against the Arab Orthodox of Antioch (today's Antalya), southwest Turkey, so that their Patriarch of Antioch departed from his ancient see and moved to Damascus: all of this and more, alongside the many terrors suffered by the Greek populations.
Finally, here is a word of personal advice. While your blood may run cold while you study the atrocities — think about the many good people too. Numbers of Turkish people, particularly Turkish intellectuals, are aware of some of this history and are distressed by it. For instance, there was considerable popular support in Istanbul, January 23, 2007, at the funeral of a journalist whose name was Hrant Dink. Armenian by family descent, Turkish by citizenship, he was murdered because of his attempts to bring the Armenian genocide to light in the Turkish press. Large numbers of Turkish people joined the funeral procession in protest against this murder and in defiance against the Turkish state whitewash of the genocide. Yes, just recently.
While your blood may run cold while you study the atrocities, which are so horrible — try to remember that this becomes a spiritual challenge for us as Orthodox Christians, following the example of Christ Crucified and Resurrected.
Looking for information on relative Nicholas (Basilio) Antipa born about 1841 and married to Josephina Pementell (1859). They had 3 children, Alex, Zoe,and Leo Antipa who were born in Virginia City, Nevada. He and the children returned to San Francisco after the death of Josephina. He married Ellen. Would appreciate any information. Thank you.
Please send us a message through the Ascension Historical Society contact page, so that we may reply to you in person. We may have the information you seek.
Hello! I am interested if anyone has any information about my great-great grandfather. He served the union army in Mass 1st Heavy Artillery — then sent to Tucson, Arizona, by 1870. He was in the GAR unit — then worked as a barber … known to the town as "Greek Alex", went by the name of Alexander Wilkins — born in Athens in 1832. He owned the Union Restaurant and owned 140 acres in Tombstone and mining. He had several daughters and often hosted dances for the town as noted in George Hand's diary. He died in 1905 and is buried in GAR cemetery in Tucson. It would be nice if anyone else has ever heard of him.
I would like to introduce you to the services of Kalamos Books. We are a web based service specializing in books about Greece: Ancient, Byzantine and Modern. Lots of out-of print materials, not easily available elsewhere. Booklists on all kinds of topics from Art to Zoology, Cooking to Poetry, Literature Travel. Special orders for in-print books from Greece.
If you don't see what you are looking for then send an e-mail, and we will try to find it for you.
Kalamos Books — for books about Greece
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I am the co-translator of a new volume of poems by the contemporary Greek poet, Titos Patrikios, which was published just this month.
Information about the book is available at the publisher's website:
By way of promoting the book — especially to Hellenic cultural organizations and Greek-Americans — I'm organizing several readings and talks related to the book. Though I am a professor by training, I'm a poet first — my presentation would be more of a poetry reading than an academic lecture though I usually spend some time putting Patrikios' work in context, since he was a political prisoner and exile during the Junta and that's important to his work. Relevant to your own interest in Greek-American history, Patrikios also followed his parents, who were both actors, to America in the 40s and due to a passport issue he was held on Ellis Island for almost a week!
I'd be pleased to accept invitations to present a lecture-reading if invited. All I'd ask is that you'd agree to offer the book for sale.
The Pan-Icarian Brotherhood was founded in 1903 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is the oldest Hellenic organization in the Western Hemisphere.
The membership of the Pan-Icarian Brotherhood is open to anyone over 18 years of age or their spouse whose ancestry can be traced to the eastern Aegean Greek islands of Icaria or Fournoi.
There are approximately 2000 dues paying members among the 24 chapters in the United States and Canada. California has chapters in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Ove a third of the chapters in the Brotherhood own their own clubhouses.
The annual convention of the Pan-Icarian Brotherhood is held every Labor Day weekend and can attract several thousand participants.
For additional information please contact:
We write to introduce to you a project that we hope interests you as much as it drives us, both intellectually and with Greek heart.
Information about the project, "Labyrinth: Seeking a Passage", is available here in a PAHH copy (.pdf, (apprx. 78 kb).
Hi, I am living in Thyateira (Akhisar) in Turkey. Do you know something about Thyateira? I want to meet with you.
Greetings to Adem in Thyateira / Akhisar.
The name Thyateira comes from Alexander (Iskander) in the 3rd century BC and his Hellenistic Seleucid successors or so I've been told; it is logical that would it have.
We can know that Thyateira became one of the first Christian churches, mentioned in Revelations. (We can even read in the Acts of the Apostles about a woman merchant, named Lydia, who was from Thyateira and was baptized by St Paul with her household near Philippi, Macedonia.) The interesting website that some people in your town have published (www.akhisar.com/english/) gives the references to these biblical verses and even a full quotation from the passage in Revelations about Thyateira (www.akhisar.com/english/tarih/ancient.htm).
The city remained a centre of Greek Orthodox Christianity from the early Christian era and throughout the Byzantine Empire. Christianity then survived with vigor in Thyateira, despite a diminution, throughout the Ottoman Empire. There is a continuous and important Christian history from 1st century AD until the 20th century AD, a full two thousand years until the explusions by the modern Turkish state in the 1920s.
Something about the history has been compiled by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in Great Britain. Why here, you may ask? — because this is the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain (by its official name). After the explusions (the so-called "exchange of populations" in the 1920s), when almost all of the Christians of the Rum milleti throughout Asia Minor (whether they were Greeks or Turkish Karamanli, etc.) were forced to move from their homelands, some of the Greek churches in the diaspora in the West began to assume the names of the ancient churches of Asia Minor for continuity, so that the history should not be broken and so that the names would not be forgotten. So, the Greek Orthodox Church in Great Britain received the name of Thyateira. (The Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain is under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in Istanbul.)
I am sure that the Archbishop would be delighted to hear from you. He is a very kind man, loving, open-hearted. If you want to write to him, you may address the letter formally to Archbishop Grigorios of Thyateira and Great Britain. You can greet him in the letter as Archbishop Grigorios. The address of his office is:
Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain
5 Craven Hill
London W2 3EN
Phone: + 44 - (0)20 - 7723 4787
Fax: + 44 - (0)20 - 7224 9301
You could also write to the historian in the Archdiocesan office, if you would like to, in order to ask him for the history. His name is Mr Charis Mettis. His address is the same as the Archbishop's office address (above). Some material about him has been published in this PAHH website at http://www.pahh.com/news/news016.html
Furthermore about the history, you could contact the following distinguished professor in the USA who, a number of years ago, edited a volume of reports titled Aksum-Thyateira, Essays in Honour of Archbishop Methodios. (Archbishop Methodios was a predecessor of our Archbishop Grigorios in London.) I do not know whether the collection includes much about the history of Thyateira specifically, but you could ask him if you would like to, and he may be able to guide you to other resources:
Protopresbyter George Dion Dragas
Greek Orthodox School of Theology
50 Goddard Drive
Brookline, MA 02146
Phone: + 1 - 617 - 850 1221
Fax: + 1 - 617 - 850 1471
Angeliki Drima Ragouzi
I need legal copies of Birth or Baptismal records for my yiayia, "Angeliki Drima". She was born about 1906 in the town of Krya Vryssi located between Kryoneri and Elliniko west of Argos, Argolida, Greece. Her parents were "Athanasios Drimas", died about 1910 in Krya Vryssi, and "Penelope Giannopoulo Drima", born about 1882 in the town of Agiorgitika East of Tripolis, Arcadia, Greece, died about 1912 in Krya Vryssi. Angeliki and her elder brother "Grigorios Drimas", born 1903 in Krya Vryssi, were brought to the US by their grandfather "Konstantinos Giannopoulos" in October 1919 on the S.S. Megali Hellas. Konstantinos wife "Eleni Giannopoulo" remained in the Agiorgitika until she passed on (a date unknown to our family here). Angeliki lived with her uncle "Giorgios Giannopoulos" in Chicago until adulthood. Giorgios Giannopoulos had a daughter of ill health who returned to the Agiorgitika to pass and be buried with family. Her name was also "Penelope Giannopoulo"; we believe she died around 1955. My yiayia passed in 1992 in Chicago and is buried next to my papou "Nikolas Ragouzis", who was born 1889 Athens, Greece, and came to the US in 1909. He passed in 1952.
If you have information on any of the Drimas or Giannopoulos families from these towns and times please respond. If you have phone numbers of the offices where the records are kept please respond and I will have a friend here translate.
Thank you for your help,
Andrew Nicholas Ragouzis
I saw a few names on this website that are of interest to me. Does anyone know how I can contact Mrs. Anne Panos Guy or Mr. Sedgie Guy?
I have been moved to try and help my Greek friend Dee (Demetrios) Stefanopoulos. He and I met in Olympic Park, Utah, January 4-7 , 2005. We were both in Skeleton School to get our "official" sledding license. We both got ours. Dee had some extra plans as he is now competing for the Country of Greece, 2006. He has already proved himself in training that he could be a champion. He then went on to Lake Placid and beat the other Greek competition his first time, although the other Greeks have been sledding for many years.
Dee has a great chance in my opinion in putting a medal on his chest for Greece in 2006.
A little about myself, Tim Pierce. I have been slotted for competition this October 2005 in Skeleton, USA, having beaten 17 athletes from Canada, Germany and the USA during training and placed top times to beat every sledding run every day of training. I believe that wha t I saw in Dee is an outstanding Skeleton Athlete.
He is in need of funding as he has a real chance of being in Italy 2006, for the Olympics. I have a few Greek friends who live in Texas. I am hoping I could help Dee in raising $28,000 to get the chance to really be in the Olympics.
To view Dee on the official Skeleton Site, please go to skeletonsport.com. In the web-site, go to "Athletes", then "Search Athletes by Nation", Greece; and there he is.
Greece does not give support financially to Greeks outside Greece.
He is a Great Greek friend, and I thought other Greeks would like to help him. Looking Forward to hearing from you as I am trying to get the word out.
I am the daughter of George Petemezas who was in the Greek Battalion and the OSS in Greece nd Yugoslavia. I don't know much about his story-my parents were divorced when I was a young child, and I had little contact with my father. He passed away in 1985 and I never had the opportunity to ask him about his experiences. I now have three sons and a daughter who would love to know more about their grandfather.
Happy to hear from a daughter of one of my comrades. I was with your father in the Greek Battalion at Camp Carson, Colorado and the Greek/American Operational Group (GREEK/USOG) in Yugoslavia. I'll be happy to assist you.
I have an old original copy of The Greek Exile. It is in good condition. Do you know if anyone would be interested in it?
Over the past few years several churches/cathedrals celebrated their 100 year anniversary, most recently Salt Lake City.
For communities that have celebrated their 100 anniversary (with the exception of Salt Lake City), I am looking for contact information for purchasing commemorative books or albums. I am working on compiling this information for anyone interested in purchasing them.
Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul G. Manolis is my Godfather and I would like to contact him.
You can contact Paul Manolis through the PAOI. Go to the PAHH web-page about the PAOI for the contact data
I have a framed, antique, map of Greece from the 17th century. If anyone is interested in finding out more about the map or purchasing it, please contact me.
We are an antique store in Chesterfield, NH.
I am Turkish Cypriot.
I have discovered since the Green line opened that there are many Greek Cypriots with my surname.
Interesting? I think so!
C. Mamali, you may be interested in an earlier message from K. Mamali in Athens. Go to an earlier message, of Monday 27 December 2004, from K. Mamali and C. Papamanoli, Athens. Notice, there, you can contact her if you would like to.
I am just looking to know more about my family. My grandfather was Andrew Sardell.
Please contact the Ascension Historical Committee, Oakland, California, through the PAHH web-site so that we can communicate with you.
Ascension Historical Committee
We are a gallery located in Thessaloniki, Greece. We have been offering our team work and presentations for ten years.
To expand the Greek culture and history, we are promoting a collectible wall calendar for the year 2006, which consists of pictures of twenty-five sages from the ancient Greeks such as Aristotle, Hippocrates, Socrates, etc. This calendar can be customized with your company's logo. It is ideal for any community and organization and for personal use.
For further information on this offer and for our other products, you can visit our website at: http://palace-of-greek-arts.tripod.com/. We greatly appreciate your time, and we are here to give you the best service.
With great respect,
I am interested in speaking to someone regarding history / ancestry of Greeks in Massachusetts. I did not see our state included in your list. Is there any information about Greek ancestry in Massachusetts? I would like to speak to someone regarding this. Thank you.
Your message has prompted us to create a web-page in PAHH for the Lowell Hellenic Heriage Association with links to the association's own web-site, at our initiative so that Massachusetts is represented. You will find the Lowell association among the list of regional groups now.
The Hellenic Historical and Genealogical Association (HHGA) in Rye Beach, New Hampshire, has insights into the New England states. The HHGA may be able to advise you about other groups in your area.
If and when you discover other groups in Massachusetts, please have them contact PAHH, or please inform PAHH yourself, so that we may add them to the list of regional groups for people's reference. Thank you.
Since 1989, the Ascension Historical Committee of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Oakland, CA, has been documenting the histories of the Greeks of the East Bay and is now spearheading a project to document the rich history of West Oakland, a densely populated residential, business, and industrial area prior to the late 1940s.
The earlier history of Assyrians, Greeks, Chinese, Irish, Italians, Mexicans, Latinos, Lebanese, Japanese, Romai (Gypsies), Syrians, Portugese, Slovenians, and others, each with their own cultures, traditions, languages, and places of worship has been largely ignored.
We now have the unprecedented opportunity to compile that earlier, rich history with a photographic display of the lives and customs of all the people who lived and worked in that community; the business establishments they owned and frequented; the industries which employed them; and their places of worship.
Please contact us through the Ascension Historical Committee contact web-page if you have any information about that era, prior to the late 1940s (photographs, news articles, obituaries, etc.).
I am a staff writer for The National Herald, the Greek American newspaper that is based in New York.
I am writing to you in regards to a special Wedding issue we will be publishing on March 12. The issue will feature an article on the history of Greek "picture" brides of the early and mid-20th Century and how they have been portrayed in photography.
I was wondering if you have any such pictures in your archives and if it would be possible to send us any color zeroxes to reproduce in the special issue.
Needless to say that we will mention the source of each photograph.
You may e-mail or call me at the office [— personal contact data removed for protection by PAHH: see the contact data in The National Herald web-site at http://www.thenationalherald.com/contact.asp].
Our deadline for the issue is March 7.
The article has been published in The National Herald, Special Issue,
Greek Weddings 2005 (March 12, 2005).
The special issue contains numerous articles, including
Marriage in the Greek Orthodox Tradition, in addition to the history article.
Photos were collected for the history article through this PAHH contact; and the history article,
Preparing a book on Dried Raisins, I am trying to establish a contact with the Greek community of Fresno, CA. It is well known that Fresno is the
Raisin Capital of the world and that Greek Americans are important players in the raisin business.
I would be most grateful if you could indicate names and Email addresses of Fresno Greek Americans who may be of assistance in my getting data on their ancestors' activity in the raisin business. Thank you in advance for your help.
I am undertaking research on the Cypriots (about 60) that served as volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. A number of these Cypriots came from the United States (mainly New York) and were members of the Pan-Cypriot Brotherhood. I am looking for any contacts in the United States that might know of the families of these men or any information or stories that might be of help.
I am a postgraduate student at University of Essex and I am doing a research about Greek and Cypriot women immigrants in Great Britain. I was wondering whether you could help me with my research. Thank you in advance.
We sell books in three areas of specialty: the ancient Old World; Mediaeval and Renaissance Europe; and the Middle East through all periods. We are attaching a copy of the section of our catalogue [.doc file] which deals with the Middle East through all time periods. Many of the books deal with Modern Greece and Cyprus. We would be happy to email to you the other two sections, if you would like to examine them.
When you find books that interest you, just email mail us to start the process of purchasing the books. If you are ordering books through your institutional library, please forward the appropriate attachment directly to the library acquisitions department by email and ask them to contact us directly.
Do you have a want list of books which you would like to acquire? Please send it to us and we will try to find the books for you. You may email the list or send it by regular mail. There is no charge for this service.
Our next catalogue will contain many hundreds of books on Modern Greece, many of them in Greek. We are currently cataloguing that material. Even if you do not find anything in this current catalogue to interest you, we would be happy to send the next catalogue to you, if you so indicate.
We will hope to hear from you soon.
Carl Sandler Berkowitz
Out-of-Print Books for Scholars
30 Gordon Road
Middletown, NY 10941-3345, USA
We are looking for information on Greek immigrants in the US before 1860 ~ with photographs if possible ~ for a research paper.
What were the primary contributions of these pre-Civil War immigrants? Where in Greece did they come from? Where did they settle? Do you have any information on the English- led settlement in Florida in the 1600s called Smyrna which failed and whose residents moved to St. Augustine? Any details on a report that a Spanish galleon which had Greek sailors visited Jamestown before 1645? The story we read is that they left their ship and the colony and became a community of fugitives living in the Appalachian mountains. It is not easy in Athens to get much information. Thank you so much for any leads you can give us.
Contact K. Mamali through the PAHH contact page. Your communication will be forwarded.
For the history of the New Smyrna colony in Florida, refer to New Smyrna: An Eighteenth Century Greek Odyssey, Epaminondes P. Panagopoulos (Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1978).
For individuals' histories pre-Civil War and Civil War, contact (for instance) the Ascension Historical Committee, Oakland, California, whose "archives hold the biographies of four known Greeks who served in the US Civil War." Also you could make inquiries to other regional groups, particularly the Center for Modern Greek Studies, San Francisco State University.
An article about the "Long-Forgotten Greek Alaskan", Eustrate Ivanovich Delarov [Delarof], might be of interest to you. He was the chief manager of the American settlements of the Shelikov Company, on-site at Kodiak, Alaska, 1787-1791. For scholarly information about him, see R.A. Pierce, Russian America: a Biographical Dictionary, (Kingston, Ontario, and Fairbanks, Alaska: The Limestone Press, 1990).
A lecture by Nikitas J. Zervanos, M.D. was delivered earlier this month to the Lancaster Historical Society about "Greek Immigration to America", which might have some information that could be relevant to your research if you wish to contact the lecturer.
Best wishes for your research.
I'm doing a school project in History on Greek Immigrants that came to the U.S. between 1890 and 1920. I need information as far as how they got jobs when they arrived here, how they learned the language, where they lived, what life was like on the ship over here.. etc. If you could help me or let me know of any sites with real life stories that would be wonderful. Thank you
Here are some resources that might be helpful for your research project.
I received a message on 10/22/04 regarding footnote 3 on page 10 of Out of the Balkans, published on this website [note 26 in the online version]. In the message, someone challenges my explanation of who the Arumanians (Vlachs) were.
I write here because the person who questioned my explanation did not provide a return address.
I agree that my description is open to question. But please see: L.S. Stavrianos, The Balkans since 1453, pages 8 and 21; and Ferdinand Schevill, A History of the Balkans, pp 147-148, on which I based my note.
I would appreciate receiving references to other documents that might be better sources about the origins of the Arumanian (Vlach) transhumant shepards of the Balkans.
Jason C. Mavrovitis
Saint John Greek Orthodox Church of Pueblo, Colorado, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in October, 2005.
All their information is on their web site: stjohngoc-pueblo.org
If you have any ties with, or information about the Pueblo community please contact us.
I have e-mailed you as requested.If it has not arrived please leave a message here.
Thank you for your kind words. Would like to contact you. Please inform by sending me a message directly through the PAHH.com site.
I was born and raised in Istanbul, Fanarion. My mentor was Patriarch Athenagoras. I am honored to have been one his Sunday school students. He was instrumental to guide me and support me during my college years to study engineering. I include Patriarch Athenagoras in my daily prayers, whose generosity and wisdom have changed my life and made me a proud member of the Greek Orthodox community.
I am looking for friends from Fanarion, Istanbul, which I left 30 years ago. Please email to:
Please call the association at 616 471-1202 if you know of anyone of Greek descent or married to a Greek who had a home or spent their summers in Southwestern Michigan. We are doing oral histories and research regarding this community.
I invite persons whose roots are in Tripolis Tirebolu Kerasunde Giresun, Turkiye, to our web site-about Tirebolu: www.tirebolu.4t.com
I have just discovered your work and I'm impressed. I would like to learn more about Greek-Americans in Illinois and would appreciate suggestions anyone might have for further reading on this topic. Thank you.
See the PAHH web-page for Chicago's Hellenic Museum & Cultural Center.
The Ascension Historical Committee has issued an appeal for veterans records. The historical committee is intent on preserving the written records and photographs.
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