The topic for the 79th Carnival of Genealogy is Family Reunions. Since I have posted several topics about this subject, I won’t repeat!
My first post was Family Reunions. This was an article concerning preparations for the big event. I also included information about the reunions I attended as a child.
This post, Past Reunions, concerned the newspaper articles and a Reunion Minutes book that was kept. It never ceases to amaze me the gems we find in news articles or through our ancestors’ careful note taking!
In the article, Wilt Cousins, I mentioned the reunions my maternal grandmother’s side of the family had each year and added more information about those in that branch. Toward the end of the article I urged everyone to document the pertinent points of the reunion – who, what, where, why, and how. If our ancestors had done this, we might not have so many questions now!
I’ve included several photographs scattered throughout all the articles – a mixture of very old to new.
Oftentimes reunions aren’t just large everyone-from-each-branch type of events. More than not they are get-togethers for scattered members of the family when they come together for graduations, births, weddings, and funerals. Such was the case for my family this past spring as we gathered for my Mom’s memorial service.
My first cousins – Jane, Judy, Jack (siblings), and my sister and I. Two of our cousins weren’t able to attend and of course, my brother, was in our hearts. We are the ones, now, to move forward and make sure our parents and grandparents and all those who have gone on before us, are kept in our hearts and memories. We will be the ones to share stories, to reminisce and provide family “lore” for our children and grandchildren.