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11 born in Greece - Arizona County Coroner and Death Records 1881-1971

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Ancestry.com has a new database titled  ARIZONA, COUNTY CORONER AND DEATH RECORDS, 1881-1971 - it includes 11 records for people born in Greece.

I have included a list of the names below, along with a description of the database.

If you do not have a subscription to Ancestry.com, remember that you can access the program at most of your local libraries for FREE.
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James Coules, born abt 1886, died 1935

Geo. K.Dillos, born abt 1863, died 1922

Charlie Hackett, born abt 1857, died 1948

Tom Kopulus, born abt 1885, died 1942

John Kotigas, born abt 1886, died 1946

Steve D. Laluntes, born abt 1896, died 1924

Peter Paffas, born abt 1885, died 1928

Chris Papagean, born abt 1889, died 1926

Peter Sokelarris, born abt 1866, died 1923

C. C. Tocumtas, born abt 1889, died 1935

Fotine Xalis, born abt 1890, died 1926

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Description of Database from Ancestry.com
Source Information: County Coroner Records. Arizona History and Archives Division, Phoenix, Arizona. County Death Records. Arizona History and Archives Div…

The Cassimus House in Alabama: Monument of Greek-American Immigration

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CHICAGO- All across the United States one can find historical monuments, statues, public buildings, pools, athletic fields, gardens, fountains, rooms, homes, plaques, public artwork, public parks, historical markers, and other commemorative sites specifically dedicated to the memories of local Greek-Americans.

The Cassimus House of Montgomery AL is yet another of these preserved historical sites. Situated on less than one acre of land this two-story frame house is a historic Queen Anne style structure which was completed in 1893. The Cassimus House is distinctive for its classical Greek revival style.

It was erected by Speridon Cassimus, the younger of two Greek brothers who, with their father, moved to Montgomery sometime around 1878, the first documented Greek immigrants to settle in that city. Curiously, historical information about the Cassimus family is sketchy at best. Initially, the family ran a wholesale fruit business on Bibb Street.

Sometime in 1935, the house was altered conve…

1865 - Village of IERAKOS, Municipality of Zarakos, Province of Epidavros Limira (currently Laconia), Greece - FREE Translation of 1865 General Election List

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The digital collections of the Greek State Archives offer a wealth of information to those of us interested in Greek genealogy.  As part of their online collection is the "Election Material From the Collection of Vlachoyiannis" .  This includes "General Election Lists" for each Municipality; recorded by community (city, village, settlement, etc.).
You can view a scanned copy of each list, printed in the Greek language.  This is a GREAT resource, but very difficult to navigate for those who do not read Greek.  Each row includes:  Line # -  Given Name, Surname - Father's Name -  Age - Occupation.
I have translated these pages and made them available in both Greek and English, doing my best to transcribe the information accurately.  I would always recommend viewing the original scanned copies (link below). 
- To the best of my knowledge, these lists include all Males who were eligible to vote in the elections.  
- Names are in alphabetical order by Given name (First n…

A Glimpse at Greek-American Mayors - Spanning Decades and States

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SPANNING DECADES AND STATES, A GLIMPSE AT GREEK-AMERICAN MAYORS
Published in The National Herald, May 7-13, 2016 Issue Authored by Steve Frangos, TNH Staff Writer
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We are excited to announce that The National Herald has given Hellenic Genealogy Geek the right to reprint articles that may be of interest to our group. 


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CHICAGO- With the recent election of Chrysostomos (Chris) Alahouzos as mayor of Tarpon Springs, FL we are again reminded of the advances all Greeks have made in America. Alahouzos is far from the first Greek-born person to become mayor of an American city. As anyone following the national press on Alahouzos knows, he did not just spring out of the ground but has a long history of civic service including but not limited to being, in 2012, the Vice-Mayor of Tarpon Springs. And while Alahouzos may be the first Greek-born mayor of Tarpon Springs he is most certainly not the first mayor of Greek descent elected to that offi…