This website began in December 2007.  It contains data gleaned from a variety of sources.  The primary source is the 1955 published genealogy of Philip Argenti, [this and other sources can be found by clicking on the front page’s source button] part of which has been updated and placed on Christopher Long’s website.  Electronic resources available on the internet include UK’s National Archives, the genealogy website ancestry.com, the London Gazette,  UK’s historical directories, Marseille BMD records on-line, and US immigration records.


Data on the living cannot be viewed without a username/password.  This can be requested by clicking the appropriate button.


The website’s data are as follows (as of 22 June 2012):


name of tree

number of individuals

number  alive today







Total (with overlaps)




In addition, much of the data comes from family records and correspondence, visits to cemeteries, archival research in libraries and churches.  Information has been provided by various individuals.  George Agelasto visited, took photos and collected information in Athens and on Chios.  He and Michael Agelasto visited Marseille and Liverpool; the latter visited London, Alexandria and Istanbul.


Much work remains to be done.  At the upper left of the front page, if you search for ‘unknown’ as ‘First Name’ you will find the 38 individuals whom we have still not been able to place on the Agelasto tree.  On the bright side, since this research began Michael and George have been able to graft on branches that include several dozen Agelastos whose lines were omitted by Argenti. 

Many people and institutions -- church, governmental, community -- have helped us in our search for bloodline Agelastos. Much data, however, remain inaccessible. Formal letters to Constantinople have for the past year awaited a reply. Informally, we've been told one must provide a name, a church (from among a hundred), date and event. Of course, if we knew all this, why would we be asking? The current bishop of Alexandria -- unlike his immediate predecessor -- considers church records "secret," available only to next of kin, the very unknowns we need data to locate. In contrast, one of the best places for genealogy research is Marseille, France. The French excel at record keeping and make duplicate copies of certificates in case one were ever to be lost or damaged. The two copies are identical in content, but not exactly identical as they are handwritten, although scribed by the same clerk. This is demonstrated by comparing the death certificates of Pandia Agelasto. In any case we'll keep persisting; maybe the guardians of Agelasto data will become more genealogy-friendly. Or these tasks will be for the next generations.


The splendid software that has facilitated this research is found by the link displayed at the bottom of the webpages.