26 SEPTEMBER 2012. Carter cousins gathered in Richmond, Virginia, for the annual reunion. Family members and relatives from several states enjoyed a catered dinner and heard from two of their own during the opening festivities.
The Reunion opened at 1PM with registration and a meet-and-greet where members could catch-up and view member displays about Carters in the Civil War. A catered dinner was followed by presentation by two Carter Society members, Rand Carter and Bob Lumsden.
On Wednesday, 26 September, attendees to the 2012 Carter Reunion in Richmond, Virginia visited the Library of Virginia. Attendees learned about the Library, heard a presentation about Carter documents available in the library, took a walking tour of the library and had time to do research on their own. Library personnel made the presentations.
Aaron-Paula Thompson (right) welcomed the attendees to the Library and introduced a video about the Library. (A link to that video is available at the end of this article.)
Greg Crawford (below), Local Records Program Manager, demonstrated the importance of preserving historical documents by examining a number of Chancery Court cases involving Carters. In each of these cases there was information that provided insight to the culture, status and relationships of our Carter ancestors.
In addition to the information on the specific cases, Mr. Crawford reflected on the nature of the Chancery Court and how it differed from other courts. After the presentation, attendees were able to examine the documents that were discussed. (Mr. Crawford's Powerpoint™ presentation is available below.)
The Carter Society has recently implemented a Y-DNA Project to establish, maintain, and defend the Y-DNA of our Colonial Virginia Carter patriots: Thomas Carter of Lancaster County, John Carter of Lancaster County, William Carter of Surry County, Thomas Carter of Isle of Wight County and Giles Carter of Henrico County.
Acting on the premise that Y-DNA is passed unchanged from father to son for as many as 500 generations, our Y-DNA Project will establish the most likely Y-DNA of our Carter patriots by using the Y-DNA of their direct male descendants. Within the Carter Society membership, these direct male decendants fall into two categories: (1) direct male descendants with the Carter surname, and (2) grandfathers, fathers, brothers, and male cousins with the Carter surname that are related to our members with surnames other than Carter.