2015-10-16 / Community

A Window on the Past

Historian offers Oct. 23 genealogy program
By Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society


These are two of Alan Hawkins’ ancestors who he has researched extensively and will use as an example at a program Friday, Oct. 23. Researching Native American ancestors can be especially challenging. (Courtesy photo) These are two of Alan Hawkins’ ancestors who he has researched extensively and will use as an example at a program Friday, Oct. 23. Researching Native American ancestors can be especially challenging. (Courtesy photo) On Friday, Oct. 23, South Portland Historical Society board member and historian Alan Hawkins will present a genealogy program entitled, “Family Histories vs. Genealogy: Helping bring life back to the people who have died.” It will be held in the Senior Wing at the South Portland Community Center at 6:30 p.m.

Mr. Hawkins is well known in the South Portland and Cape Elizabeth communities as a former educator and school superintendent. What some may not realize is that he is also a life long historian and has worked on his family history for decades. Join Mr. Hawkins for an interesting program about the “ahnentafel” method of genealogy – and focusing on a different way of doing family histories that some find more rewarding than a traditional genealogy search. He will discuss the methods and sources of research that will help yield informative and more detailed information on your ancestors.

Admission to the lecture is free for current members of the South Portland Historical Society; non-members may attend with a $10 donation. The community center is handicap accessible. For more information, call the society at 767-7299.

Reminder: I will lead a tour of Mount Pleasant Cemetery this weekend that’s free for current society members or $10 for non-members. Meet me on the Sawyer Street side of the cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m.; rain date is Oct. 25.

Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo is executive director of South Portland Historical Society.

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