|From Left: Dean Henry (AAGG), Michael Hait, David Lynch|
AAGG president, Carlean Mullen, told me that she really had wanted a session on Caribbean genealogy because speakers on that area are hard to find and many people are interested.
As I mentioned before, in Preparing my Presentation for the AAGG, I had quite a tall order. I knew it would be impossible to cover anything in depth, but I wanted to give my audience something new, tell them something beyond “here are the birth records, here are the death records”. 50 minutes just isn’t enough time to discuss techniques or resources in depth. So, I decided on a different approach. I put together a presentation that introduced the West Indies, commented on the types of genealogical problems, and then used my experience with the Virgin Islands as an example of the wonderful records that exist and the rich history that few people know. I was looking to excite interest and fascination. I think I accomplished that goal.