Well, here I am at the Genealogical Jamboree in Burbank, put on by the Southern California Genealogical Society. It's a huge extravaganza -- four days of all kinds of presentations, an exhibtion hall, special events, on and on.
Yesterday was "DNA Day," a whole day on genetic genealogy. I learned quite a bit at the various presentations, but the one at the end of the day was so intense that I just couldn't follow it (and found out later I wasn't the only one).
At the end of the day, I spent two hours with a team from Ancestry.com in a focus group, discussing a new product they are developing. I signed a non-disclosure agreement, so I can't say what it was, but the six of us who were there pretty much trashed the idea, to the point where I felt kind of bad for the Ancestry folks, who clearly had high expectations for this project. Oh well.
Today I went to a few sessions, wandered around the exhibition hall, and spent some time with a researcher who helped me to get a little bit further with Grandpa Berneburg's story, which is turning out to be a pretty interesting one. I guess the lady thought I knew enough about doing the research that she asked me if I would be willing to volunteer some time to help other people. While that was flattering, I don't think I'm ready to be helping other people yet!
More, more sessions tomorrow, and I have an appointment with Bennett Greenspan (the brother of Alan Greenspan), the president of Family Tree DNA. I'd like him to give me some advice on the value of having other people in the family tested.
So, I'm having fun! Look for another post soon on the Grandpa B. story -- it's not really a story yet, but a bunch of facts that I can maybe make sense of with a story.