Forever 49 Club of Andover Sponsors Genealogy Workshop
Led by the founder of Hellenic Historical and Genealogical Association, Mary Papoutsy, the group covered topics essential for family research. Participants learned about completing family trees, guidelines for conducting research, techniques for transliteration, and about the unique challenges of investigations into Greek ancestry.
Hellenic cultural and linguistic differences present unique situations for researchers, making traditional genealogical practices difficult. Using a PowerPoint presentation and reproductions of actual records, Papoutsy recommended alternate steps, beginning with American-based records and databases. Researchers, Papoutsy stressed, need the full, original Greek surname and village name in order to continue investigations abroad.
Following the workshop, there was a brief question-and-answer period and reception hosted by the Forever 49 Club. Members of the group presented Mrs. Papoutsy with a gifta Christmas ornament of Sts. Constantine and Helen churchat the conclusion of the program.
The next free introductory workshop will be held at Lowell, Massachusetts, on Saturday, November 15, 2003 at the public library, sponsored by the Lowell Hellenic Heritage Association and the Hellenic Culture Society in conjunction with their historical series on the Greek community in Lowell whose third exhibit, “Acropolis of America, 1940-1974,” is now on display. For more information about this upcoming workshop, contact Hellenic Historical and Genealogical Association at HellasGenealogy@aol.com, or visit the organization’s webpages hosted by Hellenic Communication Service at http://www.HellenicComServe.com/genealogy.html, or contact Erene Koukias of Hellenic Culture Society, 978-452-6442, or Dr. Charles Nikitopoulos of Lowell Hellenic Heritage Association, 978-452-2185.
Photographs by Dennis Melahouris