AUBURN — “Genealogy for Beginners” will be the subject for the Androscoggin Historical Society at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, in the society’s headquarters, on the third floor of the County Courthouse at the corner of Court and Turner streets.

The public is invited to attend the meeting. An elevator is available.

A three-member panel will discuss topics such as setting goals, tracing a family tree, using Internet and local resources, and choosing among computer programs.

Panelists will be Carol Burbank, a retired teacher who has spent years tracing her New England ancestors; Annette Vance Dorey, a semi-retired educator and long-time student of genealogy; and Doug Hodgkin, a retired Bates College professor who has written extensively on local history.

Burbank, who taught kindergarten, took up genealogy after she retired in 1995. She has spent years going to cemeteries, libraries and town halls as well as using computers to track her ancestors as far back as the 1600s, and is a member of the Pastfinders genealogy group in Clermont, Fla.

Dorey has been addicted to genealogical research for years and has attended several conferences and workshops. She has traced her ancestry in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands, and has taught in a half-dozen states and Canada. She formerly was the director of education at Museum L-A and is writing a book about prison life for women between 1875 and 1925.

Hodgkin, whose ancestry goes back to the original settlers of Lewiston, Greene, Leeds and Topsham, has written several books and edits the Androscoggin Historical Society newsletter. He will review genealogical information available locally, including files in the AHS library.

The next meeting of the Society will be May 24. Patricia Hughes, author of “Maine’s Waterfalls: A Comprehensive Guide,” will describe how the Great Falls of Lewiston and other area waterfalls have shaped Maine’s history since prehistoric times. This will be the annual meeting and will include a dinner. Tickets are available by calling the AHS office, 784-0586. There is no charge for attending the program that begins after the dinner.


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