Greek to You
5/15/2012
Bewildered when it comes to tracing your Hellenic heritage? Don’t be:
Our Greek roots guide will get you started on the right research path.
What does it mean to have Greek heritage? Whether your family hails from the northern areas of Macedonia and Thrace, or the Peloponnese in the South, or one of the 200-plus inhabited islands, Greece is your homeland—your ancestry. A way of life. For a Greek-American, culture permeates every aspect of life: religion, food, music, language.
 
More than 1.3 million people in the United States claim Greek ancestry, including the likes of Jennifer Aniston, George Stephanopoulos, Tina Fey, Pete Sampras and Olympia Dukakis. Pursuing Greek roots isn’t without challenges; you’ll need an understanding of the country’s sometimes-turbulent history, geopolitical changes, migration patterns, language, culture, naming traditions and available records. The journey, though, is immensely rewarding—and it begins with these records and resources.