Who Do You Think You Are? Live, the world’s largest genealogical conference, started with a bang this year.
The figures were up 9% from last year, and are as follows.
Friday - 22 February 5,444
Saturday - 23 February 5,365
Sunday - 24 February 3,132
knew attendance was good. Saturday appeared equally busy, and although there was drop in Sunday’s visits, we knew it was higher than last year. Friday always has the highest volume, and Sunday is typically slower, but this year the FTDNA stand was still busy on Sunday, as well. Family Tree DNA sold over twice as many test kits this year as in previous years, so we are finally making an impact in the UK.
|Debbie Kennett's Presentation,|
photo courtesy of Max Blankfeld via Debbie Kennett
The ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy) stand listed 107 surnames with variants...more than in past years...which could receive a free Y-37 marker test at the courtesy of the respective project administrators. All one needed to do was to be male with the surname and walk by to notice your name on the chart. Seventeen tests were given away for the following surnames: Burton, Dunbar, Fitzgerald, Hunt, Parker, Pearse, Phillips, Phillipson, Stokes, Taylor and Wright. Some administrators of these projects received more than one tester. Congratulations to all of them. I greatly encourage DNA administrators to use the resources available online for the U.K. to bring to the present probable male testers and invite them to show up at next year's conference. In some cases, this may be the only way to connect to your lineage in the homeland.
|Emily and Brian at Sanger|
|The Gang at Stonehenge|
For Tuesday, Derrell Teats, one of our group from the U.S. organized a tour of Stonehenge, Bath and other interesting cities along the route. Our guide was delightful and informative.
|Maurice Gleeson and Siobhan Peal|
|Emily and Mayor Sheila Stuart, |
photo courtesy of Cynthia Wells
It may be difficult to top this year's trip as far as our side trips are concerned, but there is so much to see and do that no one would be disappointed in the coming years. This is your invitation to join us next year!
15 Mar 2013