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Family Reunions For Fun and New Information
Column published: 24 August 2006.
By: Shirley Gage Hodges   Biography & Archived Articles

I hope you are making the most out of attending your family reunions. In addition to the joy of seeing all the family once again at a happy occasion think about all the things that you can do that will further your family research. Be sure and take notes on the family stories that will be told and retold again in future years. There is no better time than a family reunion to undertake a little intelligence gathering.

Four years ago we were invited to a family reunion on my husband's side of the family. It was really quite ironic that we even learned about the reunion. I had a telephone conversation with a newly discovered cousin who was living in Florida at the time. She asked me if we were planning on attending the Welch Reunion that was being held the next weekend in Michigan. We went to the reunion and my husband met 58 cousins that day. We eagerly look forward every year to the upcoming reunion.

Each year they have a white elephant sale to cover the expenses. Last year I printed out two copies of the research that we had done on his family. They seemed to be the hit of the sale and we got several more of the family interested in tracing their family history.

Many times we think that our family members are not interested in the old family history. Some people are just afflicted that way I have discovered. I like to make place mats using family pictures, note cards and things of that nature and take with me. A couple of us had our laptops along and we had a lot of fun showing people how they were related to each other and their ancestors. It is amazing how you can get people interested in learning just a little more about the family.

Next time you get an invitation to a reunion, plan to attend and see if you can help make the event just a little more meaningful. Don't just preserve your family heritage, share it.

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