Your Family Reunion: How to Plan It, Organize It, and Enjoy It

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This book is a guide for organizing a successful and exciting family reunion, from a casual backyard barbecue to a week-long deluxe cruise. No matter whether this is your first family reunion or your tenth, the keys to a successful event are to plan and organize a structure for it, get the people together, and provide opportunities for a variety of memory-making activities. Among the topics covered are getting started with the organization process, determining how to finance the event and work with vendors, ...

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Overview

This book is a guide for organizing a successful and exciting family reunion, from a casual backyard barbecue to a week-long deluxe cruise. No matter whether this is your first family reunion or your tenth, the keys to a successful event are to plan and organize a structure for it, get the people together, and provide opportunities for a variety of memory-making activities. Among the topics covered are getting started with the organization process, determining how to finance the event and work with vendors, deciding where and when to hold it, and creating a simple and effective record keeping system.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780916489977
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: How to Plan It, Organize It, and Enjo Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,441,751
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE G. MORGAN (Odessa, FL) is an internationally recognized expert in the field of genealogy and a widely published author of books, magazines, and journal articles.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: Why Have a Family Reunion? xiii
What Is a Reunion? xiii
Chapter 1 The Size and Scope of Your Reunion 1
Soliciting Input 1
What to Do with the Responses 3
Sizing up the Reunion 4
A Small Reunion 5
A Medium-Sized Reunion 5
Larger Reunions 5
Location, Location, Location! 6
The Hometown 6
Convenient In-Between Location 6
Timing is Everything! 8
Chapter 2 Organizing for Success 13
Your Starting Point 14
Building the Team 16
The First Meeting 17
The Next Step: Widening the Circle 20
Defining a Schedule 21
Chapter 3 Figuring The Cost of a Family Reunion 27
Reunion Expense Categories 28
Communications Expense 29
Location Expenses 30
Permits and Licenses 34
Catering and Food Expenses 35
Transportation Expenses 37
Hired Personnel Expenses 39
Decorations and Signage 44
Commemorative Clothing and Other Items 47
Supplies and Equipment 48
Developing a Realistic Budget 48
Chapter 4 Record-Keeping Systems 55
Types of Information 56
Summing Up 65
Software Resources for Record Keeping 66
Chapter 5 Locating Family Members 71
Networking with Your Relatives 72
Using Professional and Other Types of Directories 73
Internet Search Tools 74
Hiring a Professional Investigator 77
Combining Your Resources 78
Chapter 6 Announcements and Ongoing Communications 81
Communications for Large Reunions 82
Compiling the Family Address Book 82
The Series of Communications 83
A Reunion Web Page 88
The MyFamily.com Site 89
Defining a Communication Schedule for Your Reunion 90
Chapter 7 On-Site Preparations and Set-Up 97
Chapter 8 Ice Breakers, Mixers, and Games 103
Nametags 103
Mixers and Games 104
Chapter 9 Pursuing the Family Genealogy at the Reunion 113
Chapter 10 Managing the Details at the Reunion 123
Locating People 123
Signage 124
Announcements and Newsletters 124
Arrival and Sign-In 126
Hospitality Events 127
Banquets and Other Food Events 127
Transportation 128
Cleanup 129
Evaluations 129
Chapter 11 After the Ball 133
Looking toward the Next Reunion 137
Appendix A Family Reunion Resources on the Internet 139
What Is a Search Engine? 140
The Best Search Engines 143
Using a Search Engine 144
What about Using Directories? 147
The Ancestry.com Library 148
Publicizing Your Family Reunion on the Web 149
Building a Family Web Page at MyFamily.com 150
Summing Up 150
Appendix B Family Reunion Worksheets 151
Family Reunion Survey 152
Family Contact Sheet 153
Registration 154
Reunion Planning Summary 156
Reunion Announcement 157
Registration Cover Letter 158
Mail Tracking Log 159
Family Reunion Budget Spreadsheet 160
Registration Follow-up Letter 161
Family Reunion Evaluation 162
Thank You Letter 163
Family Genealogy Correction 164
Index 165
About the Author 171
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