I'm trying to research the Greek half of my family tree, but I've hit a dead end mainly because 1) I don't speak Greek, so I can't translate old records 2) The first and last names of my ancestors have numerous variant spellings. I was hoping some of you may be able to help me fill out my tree.
My paternal great grandpa is John Katagas, born 1906 in Greece. Children are Peter (b 1922), Irene, Matina, and Landa. He was a sailor and is listed as immigrating to New York a couple of times in the 1940s, but I don't believe he stayed in the US or became naturalized (but I may be wrong). His father was Panagioti (Peter) Katagas, and his mother was Irene (unknown last name).
John's wife was Eleni Cardasi. Her father was Vasilios Cardasi and her mother was Stamatina (unknown last name). I know nothing about where her family is from, and suspect the last name may have different version like Kardasi/Cardassis, but I'm not sure. Someone once told me the name sounded more Romanian than Greek, but my family claims to be full Greek, at least recently.
I know my grandpa Peter was raised in Nafplio/Navplio/Nauplion, but I don't know if John or his wife Eleni was born there as well.
My maternal great grandpa was Constantine Kintonis, born in Avoros/Lidoriki, Greece on Jan 14 1893. He also went by Gus/Gust/Gost, and that nickname shows up on some of his official records. I've also seen the surname rarely spelled as Kontonis. He died June 8, 1968. Children are Pauline (b 1921), Katherine (b 1918), George (b 1919), and Bessie. My grandma Pauline was born in Sheldon, Wisconsin, but went back to live in Aigio, Greece when she was ~4 with everyone in her family but her father. She returned back to the US immediately after WWII.
Constantine's father was George Kintonis. George had a brother Christ Kintonis that also immigrated to the US, and there are bunch of descendants from him. Constantine's mother was Ekaterini (Catherine) Pappakonstantinou, and she had at least two brothers, Nicolas and Andrew. Constantine immigrated to the US from the ship Prinzess Irene in 1906, which left from Naples Italy, along with his Uncle Nicolas Pappakontantinou. They were listed as heading to meet his Uncle Andrew and his wife Efthimia who was already in the US. Andrew shorted his last name to Pappas, and Andrew Pappas lived next door to Constantine Kintonis once Constantine was married.
Constantine married Chrissoula/Crisoula/Chrisula Mposneke/Boseneki/Boziniki/Bosnikas on Oct 11 1917 (no one could make up their mind how to spell her name!). Chrissoula was born June 10 1896 in Makrisi, Greece and died Jan 22 1977. Her father was Aristidis Mposneke, mother was Polixeni (Pauline) (unknown last name).
Now here's where it potentially gets confusing. I found a record of a Chrissoula Boziniki (b 1890, Makrisi) coming to the US with her brother Aristidis and sister Euthimia in 1908. Their father was Constantine. I suspect these are cousins to MY Chrissoula (since Greek naming practices frequently result in cousins having the same first names). I also suspect this Euthimia is the same Efthimia that married Andrew Pappakonstantinou. They didn't have their first child until 1914, so it fits in the timeline. Constantine came to live with his Uncle Andrew, and I think Efthimia then hooked him up with her younger cousin Chrissoula. This is still speculation, but I've seen similar things happen in other parts of my family tree.
When all of my Greek relatives immigrated here, they initially started mostly in Wisconsin/Minnesota but eventually ended up in Calumet City, IL and the surrounding Chicago area.
Thank you so much for any additional information you can give!