Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral 
256 South 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Barbara Lyngarkos, Event Coordinator
Hellenic Genealogy Conference Philly 2018



Hellenic Genealogy Conference        

This Hellenic American Genealogy Conference is devoted to Greek genealogy and will address the records available and the research skills required to search Greek lineage both in the US and in Greece. Researchers of all skill levels are invited to attend. $20.00 registration fee to cover costs.


The Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia

Conference Agenda

 Time: 9:00 – 5:00

 9:00-9:15       Welcome

 9:15-9:45       Introduction to Greek Genealogy

9:45-10:45      How to Use U.S. Records to Prepare for Research in Greece 

Census - Marriage - Passenger Ship-Naturalization (very brief; full discussion in separate section) - Social Security Applications - World War I and II Draft Registration Cards - Death Certificates - Obituaries - Cemetery Records / Tombstones - Personal Letters, Documents - Photographs

10:45-11:00    Break

11:00-12:00    Locating and Using Passenger Ship, Naturalization & Alien Registration Records

12:00-12:30    Lunch

12:30-1:15      Ancestry DNA - Testing

1:15-1:30        Break

1:30-2:15        Ancestry DNA - Analysis

2:15-3:00        Research in Greece – Civil Records

Male Registers - Town Registers - Election Lists - Contracts and Dowries

3:00-3:15        Break

3:15-4:15        Research in Greece – Church Records

Records in local churches - Records in Mitropolis offices

4:15-5:00        Planning a Research Trip and Wrap-Up


Carol Kostakos Petranek serves as co-director of the Washington, DC Family History Center (in Kensington, Maryland). She also serves as a Citizen Archivist at the National Archives (US) and in the FamilySearch digitization project at the Maryland State Archives.  She is well versed in Greek Genealogy and has travelled extensively in Greece to perform genealogical research.

Georgia Stryker Keilman created the “Hellenic Genealogy Geek” Facebook group which is invaluable to anyone researching Greek genealogy. She has also authored several books on Greek Genealogy.  She has selflessly spent hours transcribing many documents and made them available to researchers at no cost.

Nicole Zizos Gulledge created the “DNA Greek | Interpreting DNA Results” Facebook Group to assist those in understanding their Greek DNA Ethnicity results and Shared DNA Matches. She works individually with people to find lost relatives, trace their Greek family roots through genealogy records and DNA analysis search. Her own family roots hail from Smyrna, Asia Minor and Galaxidi, Greece.