|Cousins meet and greet at the Armenian Genealogy Conference in Watertown.|
The Armenian Genealogy Conference organized by George Aghjayan took place today at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center in Watertown, Massachusetts. Over 300 people attended, enthusiastic to learn the ways in which they might research their ancestry using contemporary online search methods, and going so far as to check Turkish government records.
"Start with the people you know before you start searching records -- your grandparents, your parents, your brothers, your sisters, your cousins -- you'd be amazed at what you can learn from surviving relatives." A video of the conference is posted online:
Below a photo of an Armenian attending the conference, pleased to share a copy of his family tree.
But Peter's method was far simpler. Marash Girl's father would always comment, You want to know who your relatives are? Just go and die, and leave a will behind you . . . "Where there's a will, there's" (and he would pause here) " . . . a lot of relatives!"