Vol. 1 No. 3
TABLE OF CONTENTS
From the editor’s desk
Letters to the Editor
Reunion Software Keeping track of the class.
Open Records News for adoption triad searchers
Directory of Adoption Search and Support Organizations
Contests & Research Enter, participate, be a winner
Letters in search of …
How to be a Classified
Bulletin Boards by William Lewis Gage
Recording Reunions The art of interviewing for special family histories.by Carol Bradley
RinR Reunions in Review
Clipped Notes News from everywhere
What’s up next?
About the front cover
With characteristic energy, Muriel Schmidt launched a search for former classmates. From scrapbooks to phone books, many sources provoked memories and provided clues leading to a reunion of the Ringling School of Art, Class of 1937-38. More about its planner on page 30.
Birthright: the adjustment by Jean Strauss
The reunion of an adoptee, her birthmother and seven half-siblings was just the beginning. The first two years of adjustment reveal potential difficulties for lasting relationships.
Cemeteries are for the living
Digging in cemeteries, by Sharon Bart Carmack, CGRS
What is a Cemetery Memorial? by Clovis Byars Herring
America’s graveyards demonstrate a life-affirming, genealogical and historical significance.
Reuniting the relatives, part III by Jean Timpel
This year-long saga of reunion preparation takes you to the nine-month mark. It’s time to finalize details and plan activities in anticipation of the big event.
What’s age got to do with it? by Mary Thiele Fobian
A lively septuagenarian applies perseverance and ingenuity to her search for the wide-flung Ringling School of Art, Class of 1937-38. A space-age electronic assist is provided by Reunions, the magazine, and friends.
Orphan Trains: Mary Ellen Johnson, champion of a cause, by Mary Thiele Fobian
One woman’s interest and energy sustain the organization she founded to comme
morate the experiences of 150,000 American children known as Orphan Train Riders.
Ode to a Crush, by Jean Gonick
Humor is the only survival tactic for encountering your high school heart throb.
Wise counsel,by Joseph Miller
Advice from the experts about searching for family and friends ,
Hot Spots by Robin Longman
Ahoy, there! Take your reunion afloat — gather on a houseboat.
Alum & I
by Tom Ninkovich
Basic guidelines for a memorable and satisfying class reunion, plus Q&A, memory books, a fine wine.
by Jean Strauss
Searches are launched with great expectations, but how does reality measure up?
Sharon Bart Carmack, CGRS
Avoid genealogical scams with precautions from our new “Branch Office Manager.”
by LtCol Bill Masciangelo, USMC (Ret)
Vital budget considerations and effective promotion techniques.
Masthead V1 N3
Publisher Edith Wagner
Art Director Cynthia Crigler
Editor Mary Thiele Fobian
Display Karla Lavin
Classifieds Sheila Amundsen
Supervisor Sheila Amundsen
Sharon Bart Carmack, CGRS
William Lewis Gage
Clovis Byars Herring
LtCol Bill Masciangelo, USMC (Ret)