Selma Stewart arrived early this morning to relieve me so I was able to take in a couple of workshops. Thanks, Selma!
Bennett Greenspan, President and CEO of Family Tree DNA, gave an illuminating talk on DNA and broke it down so that just about anyone could understand. Even for someone like me who’s done every test available, I learned something new (about mutations). Caught up with Greenspan afterward at the AfricanDNA table and went over my latest 67-marker test results. Hey, people, I had my results analyzed by Bennett Greenspan! How special is that! Anyway, will let y’all in on my findings at another time and on another forum. Watch for my post on the AfriGeneas DNA Research Forum.
David Paterson’s presentation was next. Same place. Didn’t even have to move from my seat. The theater held several hundred and the room was pretty well filled. David ran over but attendees told him to keep going. What I liked most was that he illustrated the various naming options chosen by former slaves with actual cases. How many times have you been researching a family in the census record and their surname seemed to change between census years and you wondered wha’ happened? David explained what happened in that instance and answered many more perplexing questions. Great talk, David!