A virtual conference on Greek ancestry is planned for the end of the month and it’s free


Much of what you need to know about the process of tracing your Greek ancestry will be covered in the second annual International Greek Ancestry Conference hosted by the US-based online service, Greek Ancestry.net.

The two-day conference, which begins at 4 a.m. Australian Eastern Daylight Time, January 30-31, is open to everyone and can be accessed via the Greek Ancestry YouTube channel (details at end of story) is free and no registration is required to participate.

The conference will begin with an interview with Greek-American journalist Nicholas Cage and author of the autobiographical bestseller Eleni. One of the conference organizers, Gregory Kontos, will ask Mr Gage questions, including how he dealt with his family’s traumatic history during the Greek Civil War and his views on the experience Greek-American immigrants from the 19th century to the early 1950s.

Greek-American author and journalist Nicholas Gage. Photo: Supplied

The first day of the conference is divided into sessions. The first session focuses on Greeks in foreign lands and the second on Greece in the 20th century.

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Alexander Kitroeff, professor of history; Coordinator of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Photo: Patrick Montero

Other highlights of the first day of the conference include a discussion with historian Alexander Kitroeff about the Greek diaspora in Egypt.

Conference organizer and contributor Carol Kostakos Petranek said historian Jason Chandrinos will focus on the German occupation and the Holocaust of Greek Jews.

“The Jewish presence in Greece was longer and, until the Holocaust, also more diverse than in any other European country. The Holocaust in Greece resulted in one of the highest annihilation percentages in Nazi Europe and witnessed both the destruction of entire communities and at the same time remarkable local survival percentages” , said Ms. Petranek.

Sofia Pitsineli will talk about the testimonies and stories of Greeks arrested and executed during World War II.

Ioannis Michalakos will reflect on daily life in Greece at the beginning of the 20th century.

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The third session on the second day of the conference (January 31 Australian time) will focus on advice and research developments from a variety of sources including Greek, Venetian and Ottoman archives as well as newspaper archives , also using statistics in genealogical research. as a DNA technology for genealogical research.

Carol Kostakos Petranek. Photo: Supplied

The final session will focus on the initiative of Village History Projects of Greek Descent aimed at encouraging and supporting people documenting the history of their Greek villages. Ms Petranek said there were 20 projects under the initiative and the Greek Ancestry Council selects projects each year that receive donations in the form of books, DNA kits and other tools for children. help in their research.

At the end of the conference, Ms. Petranek and Georgia Styler Keilman will offer tips on how to share family history with other family and community members.

♦ The conference is free, virtual and will be broadcast live on the Greek Ancestry YouTube Channel. No registration necessary. All sessions will be recorded and available within 24 hours of presentation, for later viewing on the same YouTube channel.

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Greg Kontos of Greek Ancestry. Photo: Supplied

The full schedule for the Second International Conference on Greek Ancestry is provided with Australian Eastern Daylight Time and Australian Central Time.

The two-day event is free, virtual, streamed and archived on the GreekAncestry YouTube site.

DAY ONE: Sunday, January 30, 4:00 a.m. AEDT

Opening session
An interview with the author, Nicholas Gage
Sunday – Central 3:30 am; AED: 04:00

Find your ancestor’s surname and village of origin (Kostakos-Petranek)
Australia Sunday – Central 4:10; 04:40 AEDT

The Greek Diaspora in Egypt (Kitroeff)
Australia Sunday – Central 4:30am; East 5:00 a.m.

Hellenic Genealogy Geek: New Website and Resources (Stryker-Keilman)
Australia Sunday – Central 5am; 5:30 AEDT

German occupation in Greece (Chandrinos)
Australia Sunday – Central 5.30am; 06:00 AEDT

Hero until the end (Pitsineli)
Australia Sunday – Central 6am; East 6:30 a.m.

Life at the beginning of the 20th century in Greece (Michalakakos)
Australia Sunday – 6.15am; East 6:45 a.m.

The Eftychia Project (Trotter)
Australia Sunday – 07:00; East 7:30 a.m.

Q&A with Gregory Kontos
Australia Sunday – 7.30am; East 8:00 a.m.


DAY 2: Monday, January 31, 4:00-8:00 AEDT

Rebuilding Family History (Kontos)
Australia Monday – Central 3:30am; 04:00 AEDT

Documents in the Venetian Archive (Santas)
Australia Monday – Central 4:10; 04:40 AEDT

Hellenic Chronicle (Savage, Pouliopoulos)
Australia Monday – Central 4:30am; 05:00 AEDT

Ottoman primary sources (Liakopoulos)
Australia Monday – Central 5:00 am; 5:30 AEDT

Statistics meet genealogy (Kiritsy)
Australia Monday – Central 5:30am; 06:00 AEDT

DNA on MyHeritage (Horowitz)
Australia Monday – Central 5.45am; 6:15 a.m. EDT

Peplos History/Genealogy (Papachristou)
Australia Monday – Central 6.30am; 07:00 AEDT

Amykles Project (Antonakos-Boswell)
Australia Monday – Central 6:45am; 7:15 a.m. EDT

Palaio Irakleio: Bavarian Settlers and Their Descendants (Wagner)
Australia Monday – Central 7:00am; 07:30 AEDT

Sharing your research (Petranek, Keilman)
Australia Monday – Central 7:15am; 7:45 a.m. EDT

Conference overview and future
Australia Monday – Central 7.30am; 8:00 a.m. EDT


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