Well Iâ€™m back from meeting 140 other PIKE family members at the reunion in Colorado Springs. Iâ€™m not sure if my wordsmithing and command of the English language can describe how much fun this trip was for my wife and I. It was simply a blast. We went in not knowing anyone and came away with some good friends. Kudos to the organizers who work for 3 years to put on such a great event. There was just too much going on to comment on everything. Some highlights:
The parade in Pubelo where the town honored all the PIKE family members was a blast. The Mrs and I rode in a wagon and waved like fools to all the townies assembled on the street. Dang, I felt like I was in the Rose Bowl parade.
David PIKE our illustrious leader in the DNA effort gave several presentations on the hows and whys of DNA and spoke eloquently of how it can unlock the mysteries of who is in our family tree. Apparently some people have incorrectly assumed there was blood or needles involved in the testing. Not so. The test is super easy, and a swab is used to scrape the inside of your cheek.
The Pike Family Association (PFA) strengthened there bond with the DNA effort and several hundred dollars were donated (Thank you!) for sponsorships to help pay for those who might want to participate. Also it was decided to make a major push to have our English cousins get more involved. To that end, significant reductions are available for qualified individuals. Details at http://www.math.mun.ca/~dapike/family_history/pike/DNA/index...
At the Association (PFA) business meeting several interesting items came up. First it was announced the library in Salisbury, MA would become the official repository for the PIKE family documents that individuals no longer wanted to store, or had no one to pass the documents on to. The documents donated would have a curator and be available to bonafide PIKE researchers with the approval of the PFA board. People interested in donating records, bibles or memorabilia should contact Roy PIKE - roypike36 @msn.com
Also, the board reiterated that the Pike Family Association wasnâ€™t just about Zebulon PIKE or descendants of the John PIKE line, but was open to all who were interested in the rich heritage of those who claim the Pike/Pyke/McPike surname.
Wow, I could go on and on but I must end. Also, check out the neat map of PIKE distributions at http://www.frappr.com/pikesurname