The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 31, 2013

Help is available for reunion planners


It is not too early to start planning for that family reunion (or other special get-together) and a great deal of help can be found in published materials, as well as on Internet websites. Now in its 23rd year of publication, Reunions Magazine continues to tell its readers of successful events, plans that worked, and tips for others to employ.

A subscription to Reunions Magazine (four issues) also includes a 60-page workbook, a “step-by-step guide to planning the perfect reunion,” covering such topics as first decisions, jobs to be done, reunion timetable, choosing a date, reunion budget, choosing a location, site inspections, negotiating with hotels, contracting space, fundraising, keepsakes/memorabilia, communication, invitations, activities/games, themes, food, and more.

The publisher’s website,, provides hundreds of pages of reunion planning ideas. The toolbar across the top of the homepage offers links to Getting Started (workshops, choosing a date, getting the word out, paying for the reunion, etc.); Family Reunions (activities, food, games, ice breakers, kids stuff, etc.); Military Reunions; Class Reunions; Reunion Stories; and Future Reunions. From the homepage one can also request a free sample copy of the magazine.

Be sure to click on the link to contests and sweepstakes. The prizes offered could be money, services or products. “Look particularly for the number of entries you are allowed to submit; some are one only but many others can be entered once a day. Urge your reunion members to enter also to increase your chances of winning.” (See the reports on past winners.)

A subscription to Reunion Magazine costs $9.99 (including The Workbook) and can be ordered from Reunions Magazine, P.O. Box 11727, Milwaukee, WI 53211-0727. A single copy of the magazine costs $3 including shipping. This glossy, full-color publication is sure to inspire a great event.

Indiana conference

The Indiana Genealogical Society’s annual meeting and conference will feature D. Joshua Taylor of the genealogy TV show, “Who Do You Think You Are,” on Saturday, April 27, at the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, Ind., from 9 a.m. (registration, networking and browsing vendors) to 4:45 p.m. EDT. Other speakers will be Curt Witcher (manager of The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Ind.), Harold Henderson and Lou Malcomb.

Taylor’s topics will be “Forward Ho — Beginning Midwestern Research,” “Creating Your Personal Family History Website,” “Online Resources for Colonial American Research” and “New Tools and Ideas in Research.”

Librarians can receive Library Education Units for attending various sessions.

IGS members have free access to more than 1,000 databases in 92 counties.

For more information, visit or write IGS, P.O. Box 10507, Fort Wayne, IN 46852-0507.

Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing