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|Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:15 pm Post subject: DNA kits gathered at "THE GATHERING" July 25-26, 2
|DNA news (7-28-2009)
from the "Gathering" and Highland Games in Edinburgh
July 25-26, 2009:
[DNA] The Gathering in Edinburgh, by JOHN CARR
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 7:26 PM
>From: "John Carr" <jcarrgensearch>
>I've been in touch with Max Bennett at FTDNA about their experience at
The Gathering. He tells me that they were busier at this event than
they have ever been. The crowd was continuous and constant, not
giving them any break throughout both days. They collected a lot of
DNA samples and handed out a lot of brochures. Max's off the cuff
evaluation is that "We swabbed many Scots, Australians, Canadians, New
Zealanders. I think Scots were about 40%." Americans also I'll bet.
Now we will see how that translates into new kits for the projects and
results to compare to. Hopefully those of us looking for Scottish
genealogical connections will have some positive results.
>The event also provided a bit more exposure for DNA for Genealogy
testing. To quote Max, "There was a nice story about DNA testing at
the Sunday Times, last Sunday. The reporter came to our booth and
interviewed a couple of people. But he did not mention our name in the
article. There will be a follow up once one of the guys results 'are'
in, and hopefully then we will be mentioned. There was also a TV crew
that spent quite a good time at our booth, but it's for a production
about the Gathering that will be distributed to TV stations."
>Unfortunately, they did not have any time to circulate among the Clan
tents to promote DNA testing there directly. Max was told by several
people at the event that DNA testing was the talk of the event.
Hopefully that is at least partially true.....
[Volunteers were handing out kits and pamphlets at some tents, however]
Nancy Elder Petersen
Vancouver, WA USA
Host, ELDER DNA project