discussion thread... (part 2)
I need your advice. Our family reunion is in the final
stages of preparation. I want to publicize it--where
would you suggest?
a. newspapers--personal columns
c. special web page
d. notices to lists--what's the nettiquette on this? Are
there lists for family reunions and the like?
e. look up names and addresses over the internet and send
f. what else?????
I can think of the Everton's Genealogical Helper
Magazine, might be other magazines pertaining to
Genealogy. Also the libraries that the family name might
be researched by other genealogist....
First of all, we always spend Saturday morning and early
afternoon doing something for charity. We had a car wash
for the Literacy Volunteers of America and raised over
$600. Then last night was the dinner dance at the Elks.
We did the Electric Slide, the Macarena, the Twist, the
Stroll, and a wild conga line! There was a hula hoop
contest and beach balls everywhere for us to throw
around. Only one person was drunk and he was so funny
that all the women, including me, were lined up waiting
to dance with him. Great food, lots of fun and laughter.
I am a couple of days past due on reading but in answer
to your inquiry about family reunions---we used to have
one each summer in the park nearest my aunt's house.
There was a creek there for swimming and lots of trees,
playground equipment etc. and aunt Mildred would go
reserve about 5 long picnic tables by putting tablecloths
on them and sitting there "guarding them" until
some of us showed up to cover the tables with food and
family would bring their own table settings and we'd all
bring various potluck dishes...all the best food and
cooking, watermelon, desserts..... sometimes the aunts
& uncles with motor homes would bring them so some of
the food could be heated in microwaves or propane ovens.
Lots of good fun, conversations, showing off the newest
younguns, etc. No money involved, just all of us sharing
our good food and memories. Sometimes some would play
some cards or games on the tables after eating. The kids
and younger folks would go swimming and playing on the
swings and stuff.
for those of you planning family reunions, a couple of
1. Two years in advance is about the right length of lead
time for the first one. Some folks will still try to tell
you that you didn't invite them in time.
2. You probably need to send out two sets of invitations,
the first suggesting a date, time and place, but asking
for suggestions and support, which should go out about 6
months in advance; the second one with specifics and
including a sheet to return with specifics like how many
are coming and asking for a donation.
3. Color photocopies of photos really make the day,
especially if put up on a board of some kind.
4. It is worthwhile to search the internet address lists
and send invites to people nearby (say in the same
state?) and write something like: "looking for
descendants of Mary Jane Smith Jones. I have genealogical
information to share."
5. Don't be discouraged if it seems like nobody will be
coming. Some unexpected folk call at the last moment.
Even a smallish crowd can be fun; I am more concerned
that everybody have a good time than that a lot of people