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The late and founder of the Seidemann Family Reunion, Ray Seidemann explains a very long and illustrious family tree to his grand and great grand grandchildren.

Family reunions are often originated by a genealogist and history is what most reunion members have in common. These are examples of how families incorporate family history and genealogy in their reunions. We urge you to e-mail us your special reunion history and genealogy.

Just Cuz
The St. Anthony (Idaho) Family History Center is introducing youth to descendancy research using a PowerPoint presentation called “Just Cuz!” Its purpose is to identify and become acquainted with as many living relatives as you can find. “Just Cuz!” has several links with step-by-step instructions about how to enter data, add notes and even add pictures and other multi-media such as audio and video.

Neal Family Trivia Quiz
Carole Neal used a trivia quiz to draw family into the theme of their reunion, Honoring and Preserving the Neal Family Legacy. She included the questions in pre reunion newsletters and answers were provided just before the reunion in the last correspondence. To see this quiz, click here.

Generous Genealogists is a cadre of people who love searching and helping others who need help in their searches. They are all volunteers and their services are free though donations to meet their web and other expenses is welcome.


GRAMPS, is free Genealogical Research Software, gives you the ability to record the details of an individual's life as well as complex relationships between various people, places and events. Your research is kept organized and searchable.

Many Roads
Learn how to conduct genealogy research. 50+ free genealogy courses to help develop skills, knowledge and collect genealogy information.


Reunion and cemetery cleanup
Read this report about a reunion of persons whose relatives/ancestors were buried in Searl Ridge Cemetery in Bureau County, Illinois. The well conceived reunion and cemetery cleanup and restoration were planned by Dorrie Simon who offers this report.
This is a must read for anyone planning a reunion for people you've never met or anyone contemplating a cemetery restoration. (Report:SearlsRidgeReuCemetery.pdf 1.4MB)

 

Get kids involved in fun family heirloom projects
   Family reunions are the best occasions for recording family history, and with the empty days of summer looming, why not get the kids involved? Using the tools available at genealogy.com (www.genealogy.com), including the free, online edition of Family Tree Maker Web Edition, and a little help from grownups, children can easily build a family tree to be cherished at the family reunion and beyond.

   Maureen A. Taylor, a genealogist and genealogy.com contributor, offers several tips for parents and kids who want to create a family history. “Don’t let the children know it’s educational; let that be your secret,” she advises. Taylor suggests several helpful tips to get started:

  • Show your child family photos and talk about your grandparents, aunts and uncles. You’ll be amazed at the memories that surface when you see old pictures.
  • Make a list of family members’ residences, occupations, military participation and pastimes. Capture your children's attention by focusing on appealing family history. Sports-minded children enjoy Grandpa’s tales about being a minor league baseball player. Discover a family pioneer and your family’s links to well-known Americans at www.genealogy.com/famousfolks.
  • Write down ancestors names and help your child create a family tree online at www.genealogy.com.
  • Set up a family home page, free at genealogy.com. Post updates and information about your reunion with queries to locate lost relatives. The page can be updated easily and is password-secure.
  • Let kids suggest reunion activities using their family knowledge. How about games like Uncle Joe played or a trivia quiz to get the family reminiscing?
  • Develop a questionnaire for kids to distribute. Ask kids to record favorite family stories to post on the home page. Ask kids to add new information to the online family tree.
  • Ask the teacher if your child may present the family history project to the class: a great way to answer the question “What I Did on My Summer Vacation.”


Who would you ask, if you couldn't ask granny?
Ask Granny© is a program of specially designed materials that make it easy for grandparents to create a wonderful gift for their families -- putting their memories of family names and places down on paper. The creators say that no family should ever have to ask, "Why didn't we Ask Granny about our family history?"

The group in Athens, Georgia, who developed Ask Granny© asks only that no one be charged for the materials. The free downloadable Ask Granny© .pdf files include Ancestral Charts and Family Group Records.

The materials can be used by small groups creating their own ancestral charts, and by children who are actually "Asking Grannies" about family details. Get priceless family memories, names and places on paper or as a fun activity for grandchildren and children to actually "Ask Granny" about family names and places. For instructions to download, email ask granny or visit www.askgranny.us.

One of the creators, Judith F. Russell, Bogart, Georgia, introduced us to Ask Granny©. You can find the link to their materials on our freebie page at reunionsmag.com.

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