Maria Chardoulias

From Greece to Detroit: A Brief History of the Karatzis Family

From Greece to Detroit: A Brief History of the Karatzis Family

From Greece to Detroit: A Brief History of the Karatzis (Karr) Family.

"Dziadzio" - My Polish Great Grandpa: Adam Pawlowski (1879-1959)

"Dziadzio" - My Polish Great Grandpa: Adam Pawlowski (1879-1959)

My great grandfather, Adam Pawlowski (1879-1959) was known as “Dziadzio” by my mother and her generation. He was a quiet man, perhaps because he spoke little English. His hands seemed permanently yellowed from cigarettes and he had false teeth that he kept in a glass next to his bed. This is his story.

James William Halvangis (1920-1973): "Meeting" My Grandfather Through Photographs

James William Halvangis (1920-1973): "Meeting" My Grandfather Through Photographs

James William Halvangis (1920-1973), my maternal grandfather, was the only one of my four grandparents who died before I was born. I’ve enjoyed “meeting” him through photographs. I hope you will too.

Sophocles Tsardoulias (1895-1895): On When to Hire Genealogy Help

Sophocles Tsardoulias (1895-1895): On When to Hire Genealogy Help

How I decided to hire expert genealogy help to research my Greek roots: The story of my 2nd great uncle, Sophocles Tsardoulias (1895-1895).

Anthony Karatzis (1921-1926)

Anthony Karatzis (1921-1926)

Tragically, Anthony Karatzis (Karr) was struck and killed by an automobile before his 5th birthday. This is his story.

Young Detroit Woman Wins Free Pint of Ice Cream: Georgia Vakendis (1929-2001)

Young Detroit Woman Wins Free Pint of Ice Cream: Georgia Vakendis (1929-2001)

In the summer of 1949 Georgia Vakendis (1929-2001), my 2nd cousin 1x removed, won a free pint of Cunningham’s Famous Ice Cream. This is her story.

The Halvangis Family at Evergreen Cemetery in Detroit, MI.

The Halvangis Family at Evergreen Cemetery in Detroit, MI.

Several of my Halvangis family are buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Detroit, MI. Here are some videos I took of my recent trip there.

A Boy's Life Cut Short: Michael Anthony Karr (1954-1964)

A Boy's Life Cut Short: Michael Anthony Karr (1954-1964)

There is little, if anything, more tragic in life than the death of a child. This is the story Michael Karr (1954-1964) and his life that was cut tragically short in 1964.

Paraskevi Tsardoulias (1925-1945) and the "Εθνική Οργάνωσις Νεολαίας" of Greece

Paraskevi Tsardoulias (1925-1945) and the "Εθνική Οργάνωσις Νεολαίας" of Greece

This is Paraskevi Tsardoulias (Παρασκευή Τσαρδούλιας). She is my 1st cousin 2x removed. She was a member of the Εθνική Οργάνωσις Νεολαίας, a National Youth Organization of Greece. This is what I know of her story.  

 

Finding Vasilios Demetrio Halvangis

Finding Vasilios Demetrio Halvangis

Here's the story of how I found genealogy records of my great grandfather, Vasilios Demetrio Halvangis (1891-1937). Born on the island of Samos, Greece, he came to the U.S. in 1911 on the S.S. Martha Washington. 

How to Use Facebook to Boost Your Genealogy Research: A Case Study

How to Use Facebook to Boost Your Genealogy Research: A Case Study

This is a story of how I discovered the power of Facebook to help my genealogy research. I hope you find these tips helpful.

Genealogy Case Study: Maria Tsardoulia and Her Travel Records

Genealogy Case Study: Maria Tsardoulia and Her Travel Records

Learning about your family story through travel and immigration records can be an exhilarating experience. Here is a brief, though incomplete, case study in how I learned more about my great-grandmother, Maria Tsardoulia (1894-1951) and her journey to the United States from Greece in 1916.