Workshops, Conferences & Seminars

Reunion planning workshops and events are held in many places, usually sponsored by a convention and visitors bureau. This information is provided as a service to reunion planners. Basic listings are free to workshop hosts. This is a list of places we know offer or have offered workshops. On the following pages you’ll learn details about upcoming workshops.

Reunion School is in Session

These are exciting opportunities for planners to learn how to organize reunions. These workshops are ideal for beginners and experienced reunion planners looking for fresh, new ideas.

Scheduled events are listed here in chronological order for those who have set dates. Then, there is a list of organizations who offer workshops but have not set dates, so you should contact them to ask about their plans for their next workshop. Other good sources for workshops are genealogy societies and their conferences. Check society program plans and if you belong to a society, ask the program chairperson to arrange a reunion planning workshop or program.

The following list is for family reunion workshops, unless designated otherwise.

Most one-day events are free though require pre-registration.

Mahalia Simmons, Huger, South Carolina, Gant Family Reunion planner, says that:
In every dilemma I have faced with my reunion you have helped. I’ve received your magazine for 10 years and I look forward to each issue. I haven’t had a chance to go to any workshops … Reunions magazine is a reunion workshop in itself.

February 15, 2020
Marriott Falls Church/ Fairview Park, Falls Church, Virginia
Saturday of Presidents Day weekend: you have Monday off!

12th annual Family Reunion Workshop
Contact Dean Miller, National Sales Manager, 703-752-9509 | | Visit Fairfax
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February 16-19, 2020
Military Reunion Workshop and Marketplace Event
Chesapeake, Virginia
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”

Contact |

February 22, 2020
Atlanta, Georgia
Family Reunion & Travel Expo, hosted by Pigeon Forge CVB, Tennessee Department of Tourism

Tori Williams Event Center, 2101 Northlake Parkway, Tucker, GA 30084
Contact Joy McNealy,, 800-285-7557

March 7, 2020
Fredericksburg Regional Reunion Workshop, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Contact: Victoria Matthews, 540-372-1216 |

Guest speaker, Nathania A. Branch Miles, at the 2019 Fredericksburg workshop, held at Riverside Center Wedding and Events.

Guest speaker, Nathania A. Branch Miles, at the 2019 Fredericksburg workshop, held at Riverside Center Wedding and Events.

March 14, 2020
Sacramento, California
Annual Family History Seminar

Sponsored by the Greater Sacramento African American Genealogy Society

March 28, 2020
Alpharetta, Georgia Family Reunion Workshop
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mansell House and Gardens
1835 Old Milton Pkwy.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
Awesome Alpharetta Reunions
Workshop info.

March 28, 2020
Atlanta/ Gwinnett County, Georgia

May 1-2, 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Family Reunion Planners Conference & Expo
Building Legacy Through Excellence in Family Reunion Planning

Attendee registration begins May 1, 2019
Exhibitor registration begins February 1, 2019
Email to register
Facebook: webuildlegacy

May 10-13, 2020
Military Reunion Workshop and Marketplace Event
San Antonio, Texas
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”

Contact |

May 12-15, 2020
Branson, Missouri

15th Annual Military Reunion Planners Conference
For the MRPC Application or a Reunion Planner Sales Kit:
Contact Julie Peters, CTIS, CEP at
417-243-2117 |





May 14-20, 2020 (Thursday – Sunday)
Rapid City, South Dakota, A MRN Partner Event
The Military Reunion Network

Contact Sharon Danitschek | 425-501-1430 |

Aug 30-Sep 2, 2020
Military Reunion Workshop and Marketplace Event
San Antonio, Texas
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”

Contact |

(alphabetical by city, county or area)

FREE Virtual Family Reunion Planning Workshops
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Central. You can join by telephone from anywhere.
You will receive a FREE family reunion planning toolkit, hear from industry experts, and participate in a “live” question and answer session with a panel of reunion professionals. Limited virtual seats are available.
To register, send an e-mail to

Atlanta, Georgia
404-521-6647 |

Augusta, Georgia
Contact “Cousin” Michelle | 706-823-6616 |

Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
Reunion Planner Expo for reunions to be held in Birmingham/Jefferson County
For more information contact,
Tara Walton, CTIS
Director of Tourism
800-458-8085  |  205-458-8000 ext. 206  |

Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Contact John Poole, 704-456-7969 | |

Lunch at the 2013 Chesapeake, Virginia, reunion planning workshop.Chesapeake, Virginia
Contact C. Jeff Bunn, 757-382-1352 |
Lunch at the 2013 Chesapeake, Virginia, reunion planning workshop.



Cobb County, Georgia
Contact Dianne Lovett |  678-303-2635 |

Columbus, Georgia

Columbus, Ohio

Contact Kaela Krise | 614-222-6146 | |

2012 Columbus Family Reunion Planning Workshop

2012 Columbus Family Reunion Planning Workshop

Dekalb County, Atlanta, Georgia
Contact Penny Moore, Group Services Manager,
770-492-5018 |

Detroit, Michigan
Contact us at 313-202-1985  |

Houston, Texas
Neidra Billings |  713-853-8321 |  |

Attendees at the 2009 Lake County Reunion Workshop Experience

Attendees at the 2009 Lake County Reunion Workshop Experience

Lake Country, Illinois
Contact Kimberly Ghys | | 800-Lake-Now |
“The Lake County Family Reunion Workshop was an excellent way for family reunion planners to learn about Lake County. I live in Illinois but never knew what the Lake County area offered. I walked away more knowledgeable of the area. I would encourage anyone involved with their family reunion to participate in these workshops.”
– Helen Denham, Riverdale, Illinois

Louisville, Kentucky
Contact Sarah Underwood, 502-560-5007,

Memphis, Tennessee
Contact Townsend-McElyea | 901-543-5320 |

Newport News, Virginia
Contact Andrea Moran, Newport News Visitor Center, 757-886-7777 

Review:There was a plethora of good information that was shared at the Newport News Reunion Planning Seminar and all of our guests seemed to really appreciate the chance to connect with such a knowledgeable group of professionals.  We would encourage anyone who has an interest in reunion or event planning to take advantage of one of these sessions if it is offered!” — Newport News Tourism

“This was excellent! It provided an awareness of activities and facilities that are available to the Newport News area and a wealth of planning ideas”–Fabiola C. Martin

Newport News, Virginia, workshop

Newport News, Virginia, workshop

Peachtree City, Georgia
Contact Eric Matos | 678-216-0282 | |

Sandy Springs, Georgia
Sponsored by Visit Sandy Springs, Dunwoody CVB and Cobb Travel & Tourism

Contact Amy Metzler, Sales Manager  |  770-206-1552

Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
Contact Erica Telsee, Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau
318-429-0652 |