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Re: Nicholaos Vlismas-Sulina
Posted by: Panagiotis Vlismas (ID *****7110) Date: December 11, 2002 at 01:29:12
In Reply to: Nicholaos Vlismas-Sulina by colin of 4365

Concerning your search for Vlismas, I would like to comment the following:
I am called Panagiotis Vlismas and I am from Ithaca Greece, where I lived until the age of 17. I assume that I can contribute very little in your search since your relative was born in Romania, but I guess that you might wish to know about his parents background.
I certainly confirm that Vlismas name is a name from Ithaca. I can tell you that though that name is very rare in the rest of Greece it is very popular in Ithaca, especially at the village of Perahori (my grandfather's birthplace).
I have heard stories of Ithaca people in Romania. My family had relatives in Sulina as well, but not named Vlismas, but Alevras. All of them have returned in Greece.
The case is that until the October's 1917 revolution very many Greeks lived in Romania. Most of them owned river boats and performed travels on Danube.
You can imagine that at that era 200 out of the 300 river boats of Danube were owned by people of Ithaca and Kefallinia (a big island next to Ithaca).
Most of the people left Romania after the Russian revolution as their property was passed (violently) to the Government. Remember that Moldavia became that time one of the Soviet Republics.
My grandfather (Panagiotis Vlismas, born in 1904) had also a first cousin called Nicholaos (=Nikos stands for Nick) but he was not your relative because he lived and died in Ithaca.
However, it is bound that your relative was of Greek nationality, and I am sure he was from Ithaca.
I recommend that you should try and get information from the Archive in Ithaca concerning Polythoros and Stamatia (=the formal of Stamatoula), in case they were born in Ithaca. I do not know how to guide you and I live in Athens now. However I can tell you that Ithaca probably has a very well organised archive as it was a British collony until 1864 (when it was united to Greece along with 6 other islands of which I mention Corfu, Zante, Kefalonia that you might know).
It is not surprising to meet people from Ithaca anywhere in the world as in their majority were sailors, of whom many have settled in distant places. I have come accross to Vlismas in Australia, Africa, the States and elsewhere.
I am at your disposal for any assistance.
Panos Vlismas

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