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Are You My Cousin?: Reunion Tip Updates

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Reunion Tip Updates

Last week I asked for tips on how to plan a family reunion. (You can see that post here.)  I received great tips both in the comments and in my e-mail.  In fact the tips were so great I wanted to share some of them with all of you.  If you are also looking at organizing a family reunion, you might find these helpful.

  1. Be prepared to work longer than you think.
  2. Plan, Plan, Plan!
  3. Covered dished works well for the food.  Everyone is guaranteed to have something they like.
  4. Divide the guest alphabetically by first name.  A-H brings a meat dish, I-S brings a vegetable of side dish, and T-Z brings a dessert. 
  5. Ask people to bring photographs or other family heirlooms to share.
  6. Take lots of pictures.
  7. Have a good database of names and addresses.  Send out invitations 6-8 weeks ahead of time.
  8. Announce the reunion on-line in surname lists (such as found on Rootsweb).
  9. June can be a good time to hold a reunion - when the children are get out of school.
  10. Have activities for the little ones.
Lastly....

   11. Enjoy the day!

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