These genealogies, representing work and research over many years, inevitably remain incomplete. They contain all the publishable information currently available but are bound to contain errors. Their accuracy should not always be relied upon.
The purpose of this work is not merely to gather names and dates. It principally provides a background resource for the numerous histories, articles and image galleries featured elsewhere on this site. Hopefully it will also interest many of my 'cousins' searching for their roots.
In compiling these genealogies I've had much help from official records and published sources, though predominantly I've relied on original family records and enthusiastic help from hundreds of members of the families concerned, as well as amateur and professional historians, for all of which I'm most grateful.
For the genealogies of families of Greek/Hellenic origin I owe a great debt to Philip Argenti's Libro d'Oro de la Noblesse de Chio; to Kyriakos Metaxas who published in the London Greek Gazette a remarkable compendium of the records of the Greek community and churches in London, Liverpool and Manchester; and the historical works of Prince Mihai Dimitri Sturdza. However, I am especially grateful to the doyen of Greek family history, our friend George Vassiadis, for all his advice and help over more than a decade, as well to my distant cousins Patrick Streeter and Michael Agelasto who have for years generously provided information on our shared 'family'. But my greatest thanks go to my wife Sarah. Few wives have to encounter and study almost 25,000 of their in-laws, but without her enthusiasm and relentless effort this project would not have been possible.
- Names in curved (brackets) are patronymic - i.e. they identify the individual's father. This convention helps to distinguish the many individuals who bear similar or identical names. In fact the 'patronymic' name convention was anyway customary among most of the Hellenic families concerned in these genealogies.
- Names in square [brackets] indicate that the person's own family name at birth is not known and the name of the spouse or mother is being used instead for identification.
- Three dashes '---' indicate that a male's first name is unknown; four dashes '----' indicate that a female's first name is unknown.
- A name followed by the mark º indicates that the person was, or is, known to me, Christopher Long.
- Names followed by a question mark '?' indicate that further research is needed. Two question marks '??' mean that the individual's identity may be unreliable.
- A person's 'Origin' is usually derived from those claimed in official records and may not be literally true: e.g. many Chios diaspora families describe themselves as 'of Chios' even when born and/or brought up elsewhere.
- References such as 'Uncle', 'GGG', '3C2R', etc., generally indicate an individual's relationship to the head of the genealogy. Where stated, they show the relationship to the author.
- Dates may be based on either the Julian or Gregorian calendars, resulting sometimes in anomalies of 13 days.
- Names in 'inverted commas' are those by which a person was usually known.
- Very occasionally a name is followed by '!'. This indicates that although the individual is known to be a descendant of a family or branch, the precise person to whom they are connected cannot be proved. Such 'informed guesses' are only ever made on compelling circumstantial evidence.
- Please note that the precise web address of an individual person is likely to change whenever the pages are refreshed.
- The identities of a number of individuals have been 'excluded' from these records either at their own request or because they simply do not merit inclusion. They know who they are and why they've been excluded.
- NB In the Greek/Hellenic genealogies the spelling of certain names presents problems or anomalies. Many Hellenic families (e.g. those from Chios, the Phanar, Epirus, the Balkans, Bessarabia, the Aegean, the Black Sea, the Levant, and the Magreb) appear here in translation from various languages and alphabets. Where a name is originally 'Greek', even the Greek 'archaic' and 'demotic' forms do not agree on how it was or should be spelled! Wherever possible I provide the name by which the individual was/is commonly known, though in most cases we have only official records for reference and these come from numerous countries attempting to render Greek words into their own languages and alphabets across more than 500 years. Furthermore, most cosmopolitan Hellenic families were inveterate travellers, almost invariably adapting their names to the form used in the host country. Thus Zannis from Chios could be Ioannis in Constantinople, Jean in Marseilles, John in London, Gianni in Italy, Johann in Vienna and Ivan in Russia. To make matters more complicated, almost all these individuals were known by family nick-names or diminutives: e.g. Kostia for Constantine, Strati for Eustratios and Manoli for Emmanuel. To simplify matters I have standardised spelling to an approximation of what the name sounded like in the place and period concerned except where the 'owner' appears to have had a clear preference. A complicating factor is the enthusiasm among French historians for systematically converting foreign names into their French equivalent! In other words the following are all variants of the same thing: Maria, Marie, Marietta, Marigo, Marika, Mariora, Marouko, Marouletta, Maroussa, Maroussaki, Mary, etc... as would be Vlasto, Vlastos, Vlastou, etc...
Genealogies of families originating in the Hellenes, Aegean and Chios compiled by Christopher Long (a descendant or kinsman of most of them!).
Chiot & Phanariot Diaspora Family Galleries
Genealogies of the Croil, Desormeaux, Long, Mitchell, Poole and Richardson families, compiled by Christopher Long (a descendant or kinsman of all of them!).
Relations of Christopher Long
Genealogies of the Pinney & Furze and related families, compiled by Sarah Long (née Furze) who is a descendant or kinsman of all of them.
Further reliable information, corrections or updates are always warmly welcome here.
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