Living Family

Plan a Family Reunion

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A successful family reunion can be a great genealogy resource

Old photos and lists of dates can get a little tedious and it might be time to get to know some of your living family in person for a change. One way to do this is with a family reunion. It might seem like a pretty daunting task to organize, but it can certainly be worth it. You can meet people you know in name only and you can actually do a little genealogy research while you’re at it. If you’re thinking about it, here are some tips to help you get going with a genealogy-themed family reunion:

Find Someone to Help
Depending on the size of your intended event, you will likely want at least one other person to give you a hand with this. Check out among your siblings or cousins to see if anyone would be interested. It would be helpful if then enjoy genealogy but it really doesn’t matter. Pick someone you’re close to because you’re probably going to be in touch with them a lot, and you need to rely on them to follow through. (more…)

15 Mar 2013

Starting a Family Newsletter

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How to start a family newsletter

Your existing (and still living) family is one of your most valuable resources for any genealogy research, so don’t squander it. Try to stay in touch with as many people as you can so that you can touch base occasionally and continue to learn about your ancestors from them. Putting together your own family newsletter is a great tool for connecting everyone together.

Just remember that this is an ongoing type of project, not something you toss together because you are trying to harvest some names as a one-shot deal. If you want people to get involved, you have to stick with it. The purpose is to create an ongoing resource for the whole family, not just something your your immediate genealogy needs. (more…)

15 Feb 2013