An­ces­tors in Cyprus

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I have read your mag­a­zine since the be­gin­ning and have been fas­ci­nated search­ing for my an­ces­tors. I found my fa­ther’s first cousin in Amer­ica who did not know that he had an ex­tended fam­ily.

I was won­der­ing if you could ask any of your read­ers who have con­nec­tions in search­ing for Cypriot an­ces­tors to let you (or me) know where they are re­search­ing their ma­te­rial from. As you can guess, it is very hard to find any past in­for­ma­tion. The Turk­ish in­va­sion in the north of Cyprus has made it very dif­fi­cult for us to ac­cess any records, if there are any, as many were de­stroyed.

There’s a huge Cypriot/ Greek com­mu­nity in the UK and this is one group that is not writ­ten about. Is there a chance that you could do a piece on them to see if we can get a con­nec­tion where Greeks are able to re­search their fam­ily his­tory? Do you have any ideas on how to re­search Cypriot records? I would be grate­ful for any in­for­ma­tion you could pro­vide and hope an ar­ti­cle can be writ­ten. Christina Savva, by email Edi­tor replies: Although MyHer­itage doesn’t have records from Cyprus, it does have al­most 30,000 peo­ple with a Cyprus con­nec­tion in its Fam­ily Trees data­base so you may be able to connect with other peo­ple re­search­ing your fam­ily through their web­site. Do any read­ers have ad­vice on re­search­ing Cypriot fam­ily?

Christina Savva wants to find out more about her Cypriot an­ces­tors

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