One of the most satisfying parts about genealogy is the community of genealogists. There are all kinds….from the beginner just starting to work on their family, the serious avocation-er, to the rock stars. (yes, we do have rock stars). There is room for everyone.
Last night, after my walk down to the river and the park, I decided to have dinner BEFORE I went to Graeter’s (I almost decided to have dessert first but decided I would enjoy it more if it came after the meal!). I sat down and Karen from Chicago sat down next to me, I invited her to join me and three hours later……
We discovered we had many things in common including having one daughter, going for certification but not yet “on the clock”, and trying hard to be good to great researchers. She is taking the ProGen Study course which I had vaguely heard of but didn’t know the particulars. It was great fun hearing her talk about her research on the mob of Chicago which was characterized by lots of lands deals and swaps, changing of names without legal documentation! Etc. Fun!
Of course, we walked down to the music and Graeter’s.
Thanks, Karen, for a delightful evening.
What I have done since the last post: I finally made it back to the exhibit hall. I wanted to check in with Family Tree DNA for a quick consult. My husband’s mother was born out of wedlock (isn’t there a better term for that or illegitimate?) but I think I know the father. The consultant confirmed that I was on the right track with an autosomal test of a descendant of the two candidates. Now, “all” I have to do is find a descendant of the two gentlemen who is also willing to be tested. I do not think that will be easy.