I saw this on MyHeritage today – MyHeritage Adds Three Historical Record Collections From Greece: https://blog.myheritage.com/2020/05/myheritage-adds-three-historical-record-collections-from-greece/.
by Talya May 18, 2020
We are pleased to announce the publication of three important Greek record collections on MyHeritage: Greece, Electoral Rolls (1863–1924), Corfu Vital Records (1841–1932), and Sparta Marriages (1835–1935), comprising 1.8 million historical records. These collections are an invaluable genealogy resource for those researching their Greek roots.
The records in these collections are rich in detail and contain scanned images of the original documents. For the first time ever and exclusive to MyHeritage, these indexes are now searchable in both Greek and English.
MyHeritage’s Commitment to Greek Family History Research
The publication of these collections deepens MyHeritage’s commitment to Greek family history research. In one of our pro bono initiatives from 2015, our Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet personally traced the descendants of a Jewish family who were hidden on the small island of Erikoussa, just north of Corfu, during World War II. Emmy award winning writer Yvette Manessis Corporon, whose grandmother was among those who saved the Jewish family on Erikoussa, depicted these heroic acts in her books, ‘When the Cypress Whispers’ and ‘Something Beautiful Happened.’ The extraordinary story of the “The Secret of Erikoussa” culminated in the community of Erikoussa receiving the ‘House of Light’ award from the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.
Algorithms for Greek Genealogy Research
With Gilad’s hands-on experience with Greek research in tow, our team developed algorithms customized for Greek genealogy research for the new collections on MyHeritage.
Our Global Name Translation Technology further ensures that when searching on MyHeritage in other languages, such as Hebrew and Russian, the results will also include names in the new Greek collections.
We recognize and thank Carol Petranek and Greg Kontos for their invaluable contributions to the publication of these new collections.
Here are more details about the new Greek collections:
Greece, Electoral Rolls 1863–1924
An index of males who were eligible to vote throughout Greece from 1863 to 1924. 1,006,594 records Search collection now
Corfu Vital Records, 1841-1932
Birth, marriage, and death certificates from the entire island of Corfu from 1841 to 1932. 646,807 records Search collection now
Sparta Marriages Collection, 1835–1935
An index of marriages in Sparta from 1835 to 1935. 179,411 records Search collection now
This collection consists of 1 million records and indexes males ages 21 and up who were eligible to vote throughout Greece. It lists the voter’s given name, surname, father’s name, age, and occupation and is sorted by province, municipality, and town or village. Each record includes the individual’s name in Greek, as well as a Latinized transliteration of the name.
This collection consists of birth, marriage, and death records from Corfu and is exclusive to MyHeritage. The records were collected by the civil authorities in Corfu and document the life events of all residents of the island regardless of their ethnicity or religion. They also include scanned images of the original documents.
The new collections position MyHeritage as an excellent resource for researching Greek roots. We plan on adding many more Greek collections, and improving the search and matching algorithms further to benefit our users, and make them useful also for users who have Greek roots, but do not read Greek.
Searching the Greek record collections on MyHeritage is free. If you have a family tree on MyHeritage, our Record Matching technology will notify you automatically if records from these collections match your relatives. To view these records or to save records to your family tree, you’ll need a Data or Complete subscription.
Yasou! Enjoy the new Greek record collections!