Directories of Ottoman Refugees

The following directories were published in Athens in 1928 by the Refugee Resettlement Commission (Epitropi Apokatastaseos Prosfygon) and contain a list of Ottoman refugees (predominantly Greeks and Armenians) who were expelled from their homeland in the former Ottoman Empire (today Turkey) and settled in Greece. The directories only contain the names of "the heads of rural families as well as members of families who were (according to their claims) entitled to an exchange allowance." The names of Ottoman refugees who did not satisfy this criteria are not included in these directories. 

Note: The directories include people from all regions of the former Ottoman Empire including Asia Minor and Eastern Thrace.

You can  view and download the directories for free at the link below. The website is in Greek but you will find the directories listed at the bottom of the article in alphabetical order, again, in Greek. To start your search, firstly find the directory based on the first letter of your ancestor's surname. In that directory, you will see the refugee's name, which village or town in the Ottoman Empire they arrived from, and a number. To find out where they were settled, you will need that number.

Then, go to the beginning of the directory titled Α εώς Αναγκίστου. There, you will find tables with numbers and places in Greece. Now search for that number to see which region or village they were settled in. The very first catalogue located at the top contains directions on how to use the catalogues however it's in Greek. The directions we've provided here, should help you if you can't read Greek.

 To view the directories click here

 Compiled by: Gregory Masmanidis (
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