Greek Refugee Lists of Asia Minor

Greek Refugee List of Relatives from Asia Minor, Pontus, and Eastern Thrace

As time moves onward, more and more information is becoming available in the area of Greek genealogy.
It may or may not be digitized but be grateful that it exists in a country that endured fifty (50) years of war from the late 1800's to after WWII.

Those who have relatives that became Greek immigrants, beginning in 1918 and ending in October 1922 and managed to survive the catastrophe of Asia Minor and Pontus, marched toward the homeland of Greece carrying whatever they could.  The Greek immigrants traveled either by land to Eastern Thrace or from the shorelines along the Mediterranean of Asia Minor to islands in Greece such as Mytilini, Chios, Samos and Crete to be processed by the Greek authorities.

Asia Minor Catastrophe also known as the Greco-Turkish War*

Greek Version (for those of you who read Greek)

The Greek government during that time period created compensation statements to be completed for the which Greek immigrants declared what they had abandoned, e.g. homes, businesses, etc. to supposedly receive compensation as agreed between Greece and Turkey.  These documents are named the Refugee List of Relatives from Asia Minor, Pontus, and East Thrace and the council of Refugee Rehabilitation (Επιτροπή Αποκατάστασης Προσφύγων) was under the Ministry of Agriculture (Υπουργείο Γεωργίας).  Although the document refers to farmers, immigrants had diverse occupations.

In the listings recorded in Greek, those who fled the rural areas where the state settled refugees, as well as those who settled after 1 July 1928 are included.

The first catalog is a short explanation of the abreviations used within the catalogs but this is also available in the next catalog which begins with the letter A and ends with Anagkistou, along with a chart of the offices that collected the information and the sequence numbers of the declarations.
The letter A actually starts on page 49.

In the volumes, the first name that appears is of the head of each family, with the "footnote" that there may be some with a second and / or third surname, and that the interested person should look for it in another letter of the alphabet. General rules regarding the differences between the surname endings to distiguish between males and females are used.

An indication of the systematic work that had been done, given the objective difficulties that existed in Greece in the 1920s, is that these catalogs, sorted by surname, also contained:
Surname, first name, father's name,
Place of origin of the refugees, and
a Declaration number.

Other information such as, whether they were entitled to compensation, whether they had left the settlement or country, whether the enlisted leader is a member of the family, and whether he settled in the settlement before or after 1928, may be found in parenthesis or in footnotes.

As with all old information, anyone searching the catalogs should check a few pages before and after the exact spelling of the surname for surnames out of order either before or after, or slight misspellings.
There were no word processors when these documents were created in 1928!

After requesting a copy of the documents for my own family tree members, I learned that the General Archives were only provided with indexes of the names of the families and the amounts that they received from the originating services that compiled them, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Committee for the Restoration of Refugees, which were published in 1928.

The indexes of the Refugee List of Relatives can be found at the General Archives at the Athens main building or on-line at the following web site.

Catalogs of refugees 1922 from Asia Minor, Pontus, and Eastern Thrace

The Greek web site of Pontus

A small example of what the listing displays is shown here.

The above image contained within is for historical research and conforms with the GDPR privacy law.

Source of the original information property of, and provided by, the General Archives of Greece.

Last Updated Saturday, 07 September 2019
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