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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
Reunions Column

Family Reunions • Gatherings • Meetings
by Edith Wagner

Reunions have continued to be strong this year and are a major source of interest for many families who may not be considering other forms of travel. Being with family is an increasingly important goal for many who, prior to September 11, 2001, were not as insistent upon frequent contact. If yours is one of those families, consider yourself in the forefront of an important movement to reconnect and strengthen your bonds.

Share your reunion secrets
Do you have a family association? The following is a plea that you might be able to help with. This request is for people to interview for an article in Reunions magazine from the writer, Georgia Burnette "I am writing an article about how and why family associations are formed, their purpose and goals (long- and short-term) and about persons instrumental in their formation. If your family has formed an association, I have questions and I'm certain you'll have answers.

"It will probably take a 15-minute telephone interview with a family member knowledgeable about the association and its formation, plus some discussion and sharing of documents (for example, by-laws to determine eligibility for membership, fee structure) and current projects or those in the planning stage. Kindly contact me: Georgia Burnette, 291 Vine Lane, Amherst NY 14228; 716-691-8106;"

These are some more reunion-related opportunities for you to participate in. wants articles related to adoption, search and reunion to build a library of material. Articles chosen will be included in the Adoption Week e-Magazine and on and web sites. Each published article will include author credit and a link to your web-page or email. Submit articles to or

A new genealogy TV series needs stories. Across Generations is a TV series which tells stories of genealogical searches and what the searches uncovered. Every person has a history — a heritage that helps to share his or her character. The search for and discovery of background can be a fascinating story, providing insight into family, culture, country and selves. Across Generations is a narrated series chronicling the searches of everyday guests as they discover their heritage. Episodes will be shot in real time or dramatically recreated. Across Generations documents real family connections made by real people. Think about your stories and their "wow factor." If yours is chosen, you will participate in a video interview and be identified on camera. If Across Generations acquires rights to a story, compensation will be negotiated. To submit a family story or to learn more about First Flight Productions, visit

Then, how about telling about your class reunion? A TV/film producer seeks high school class reunions to profile for a documentary series. They’re looking for classes from the 40s to the 90s, across the country. If you are involved in organizing your high school class reunion, please contact Henry Ramon, 646-279-8294;

Finally, the question: Do you have a special way of honoring your ancestors or a tale of genealogical serendipity? If so, Megan Smolenyak wants to hear about it. Smolenyak selects stories to be featured on PBS’ Ancestors series and also for her books, which include Honoring Our Ancestors and In Search of Our Ancestors. For more information about Smolenyak’s project, check;

Upcoming family reunions


Descendants of Archie and Annie Anderson. Aug 8-10, 2003, St. Louis MO. J.A. Hattix, 314-423-1737;


June 26-29, 2003, Milwaukee WI. Donna Neubauer, 414 354 5961;


June 27- 29, 2003, Williamsburg VA. Barbara & Bob Baber,;


Descendants of Etienne de la Vigne, who moved from France to America in 1686. Oct 5, 2002, Shawnee OK. If you think you might be a descendant, email us and we'll try to help you find your connection. Gene LaViness, PO Box 724, Broken Arrow OK 74013-0724;;


Jul 24-27, 2003, Verdi NV. Angie McCloud,


Descendants of Peter and Ruth (Nelson) Nottoli. Jul 11-14, 2003, Rothbury MI. Rachel Miller, PO Box 235, Hanover MI 49241; 517-563-8632;


July 24-27, 2003, Reno NV. Richard A. Wallace, 728 E. 19th St, Marysville CA 95901; 530-743-1060;


Jun 26-29, 2003, AZ. M. Franklin,

Wiltshire, Hurdle, Bascom, Maxwell

July 2003 in Barbados. Moreen or Susan, 718-335-0012;;

Other reunions

Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

Anyone who has an ancestor of any surname who lived in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Revolutionary War encampment, genealogy seminar, lots of activities for children. Donna Cuillard, 6273 Anastasia Ave, Simi Valley CA 93063;;

YMCA Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Celebrating 100 years of service to the community. Oct 23, 2002, Calgary Stampede Roundup Centre, Hall C, Calgary, AB, Canada. Contact Kimberly Delves, YMCA Calgary, 101 3 St. SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4G6;;

Want more?

For more reunion information, visit Reunions magazine at where you can request a sample of Reunions magazine free. Also see Reunions Workbook and Catalog and The Family Reunion Sourcebook by Edith Wagner (1999, Lowell House, Los Angeles) in bookstores. List your reunion (also free) by emailing info to

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