A few years ago one of my Australian cousins spent some considerable time tracing my father’s side of the family back to 860. Not sure quite how she managed to establish that we are all descendants of Bernard The Dane, but impressive none the less.

More recently I have been delving into my mother’s family history and am already struggling around 1900.  My Grandmother was born, I think, in Athens, Greece in 1903.

www.hellenica.da
www.hellenica.da

She married my Grandfather in a forces ceremony in Istanbul (Constantinople as it was in those days) in 1921.

Forces Weddings 1921

I have no idea what my Grandmother was doing in Constantinople in 1921 and indeed how she met my Grandfather.  I know that history paints a complex picture around that time.

I would very much like to hear from anybody in the UK, Turkey or Greece who knows where to start tracing ancestors in Greece or Turkey.

I am in no doubt that I have Greek cousins, whether they are still living in Greece or Turkey, I have no idea.  I do know that when I was a very small child we used to receive Christmas cards from Greece. I would really like to re-establish contact if they would like to.  The Greek side of my family, as far as I am aware, never saw my Grandmother again after she married my Grandfather as she spent the rest of her life in the U.K.  I just want my Greek relations to know what a wonderful person she was and how lucky I was to have her as my Grandma.

Written by Tessa Barrie

Writer and blogger from Jersey in the Channel Islands UK who believes life is too short to be niche. 🙃 Currently working on her first novel.

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