The 2020 Bondurant Virtual Reunion on Oct. 16-17, 2020 Was a Resounding Success!

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We had about 30 people attend the Friday evening “Meet and Greet.” Attendees successfully clicked on a link provided in their registration confirmation email and were automatically guided into the Zoom meeting. I only had one person who had a problem and we were able to resolve it. If you or anyone you know did have a problem joining the meeting please let me know via email (Siouxlake@aol.com) so I can try to prevent glitches in the future.
It was so great to see some old friends and get acquainted with new members and hear their Bondurant related stories. It was quite rewarding to watch people enjoy discovering their Bondurant relatives. Some of us discovered we have cousins that live quite near us and may even descend from a close Bondurant ancestor. Zoom allows you to chat on the side with people you want to connect with outside the arena of the group discussion. New connections were made.
Saturday afternoon’s presentations were attended via Zoom by even more people. Perhaps 40 or more. We watched two excellent presentations. The first one given by our Research Committee Chairperson, Susan Neese. She explained the value of DNA in family research. The highlight of her presentation was when she presented DNA evidence that Jean Pierre’s wife, Ann Tanner IS biologically related to most of us. It can be shown that Ann was the mother of at least three of the five children who descend from Jean Pierre. This is because we have found descendants of the Tanner line who share DNA with three of the five Bondurant branches. We are still working on the other two branches and we expect it will be proven that Ann Tanner was the biological mother of all five known Bondurant children. But as we say in genealogy, be prepared for anything! Like us, the ancestors lead complicated lives. Please consider joining the DNA project by checking out Susan’s DNA project on Facebook (Tanner-Bondurant Descendants DNA Project on FamilyTreeDNA.com) and/or contact Susan. (famhistgirl@gmail.com). She is incredibly helpful and a patient teacher. Her work is so significant. Thank you, Susan.
The other presentation was given by a team with our webmaster David Bondurant, our long-time genealogist Mary Bondurant Warren, and newbie Cynthia Louise Moore. They gave a fascinating Power Point history of early generations of Bondurant ancestors in France, based on the book by Mary Bondurant Warren, The Bondurant Family of Génolhac, France. Cynthia Louise talked about touring the house at 42 Grand Rue with Loic Breton, son of the lady who owned it in 1993 when the BFA group went to dedicate the marker on the house. Her photographs gave us a virtual tour, including the hiding place for Huguenots!
Talk about a history lesson! It was so cool to know they were talking about OUR ancestors! There was a lot of hopeful talk about a return trip to Génolhac, France. Génolhac is a mountain town in southern France and there is a plaque on the Bondurant home placed by our association in August of 1993. This presentation featured beautiful local sites related to our family history. In attendance was BFA member Cynthia Louise Moore who is presently writing a historical novel about our Jean Pierre Bondurant. I do look forward to the publication of her book. We will let everyone know when it is out. BTW, her nom de plume is Jules Larimore. Check her out.
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Susan’s and David’s presentations can be viewed by going to the BFA website and clicking on Meetings 2020. We have plans to load more presentations in the future.
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Thumbnail photos of some (but not all participants in the 2020 virtual meeting! It was fun "seeing" everyone at the various venues on Friday and Saturday!
The Business Meeting followed the presentations. We had 46 paid BFA members in attendance.
The main point of interest is the status of next year’s meeting. Considering the uncertainty of the Covid-19 plague we cannot guarantee we will be able to hold a traditional live reunion for 2021. The traditional time for a meeting is about the third weekend of October.

If we are able to have a face-to-face meeting, Amy Bondurant Bridges has offered to host the meeting near her home in northern North Carolina. To help folks make their travel plans for next year, we will endeavor to decide by May 15, 2021. Watch the newsletter and BFA Facebook page for more details as they come available.
I feel the virtual Zoom meeting has some advantages. It allows many more people to attend with no cost for travel or lodging. The experience of seeing other like-minded cousins on the computer screen is very satisfactory. I hope you will consider taking part in future virtual meetings. To be put on the notification list for future BFA virtual meetings, please send an email to me at the address below.

Addendum: Our longstanding BFA Treasurer, Amy Sanders has resigned for personal reasons. The Board has selected Su McDonell to fill out her term. We appreciate Amy’s more than 11 years of dedicated service as BFA’s treasurer and wish her good fortune in her future endeavors.
Bruce Ramsdell, President
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