Planning family reunions

Camp/Luckadue/Cherry family reunion this summer

Family reunions are a great time to connect with your current family and your family’s history.

Attending your family reunion and family get-togethers is the time to focus on our loved ones, spend time getting to know each other, reconnecting, sharing stories of current and past generations, and having fun! It’s a time that I look forward to for all the generations of my family.

This summer I attended several reunions for both my own and my husband’s side of the family. We included our adult children and grandchildren in our family research. We taught them relatable stories about their ancestors. We also showed them the places where our ancestors lived and letters that our ancestors left us. We did some of the things they would have done during the 1800s. The various activities shared helped the younger generations to get to know and remember their ancestors.

It’s great when the twenty-somethings are getting excited about researching their ancestors and learning their stories! I am so proud of these millennials who have technology and use it to learn more about previous generations. By building the family tree and learning the circumstances of the lives of our ancestors, they are able to find meaning in their own lives and learn more about who they are through their ancestors.

If you haven’t taught your family about their ancestors, get started with the next beginning genealogy class or advanced class. Visit the library’s Topeka Room or download our worksheets to help you get started. Check out these family history and reunion how-to books and check our catalog for more books that may help you with your genealogy.

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As a veteran genealogist, I love teaching and sharing digital family history and genealogy techniques and helping people solve genealogy problems. Being the Genealogy Librarian at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is so much fun! I work to promote a greater knowledge of family, history, and heritage.