The publishers of Reunions Magazine are happy to celebrate that magazine’s 25 years and have made the current issue (May/June/July summer 2015) available on the Internet at (Click on “read current issue.” Also, click anywhere in the page and it should get larger and easier to read.)

Although the magazine plans to suspend issuing a printed version, its website intends to concentrate on reunion planning and to publicize upcoming reunions and accept reunion photos for the Reunions Picture Gallery. It is expected that two special print editions will be published each year (beginning with the February 2016 issue) and possibly an occasional ebook. A report and pictures are welcome for the first special issue. (See current issue for details.)

A Reunions Hall of Fame also has been created, which will list every reunion ever mentioned in Reunions Magazine or on over the past quarter century.

There have been reunions for families, high school classes, college classes, military groups, neighborhoods, and even “wild wonderful wacky women” over the years. Be sure to publicize any reunion your group is planning and make use of the resources available on the Reunions Magazine website.

Note that this issue includes a reprint of my Commercial-News article on page 39, “Teach youth to have fun with family trees.” Be sure to read the other “kids stuff” as well as icebreakers, games, and military news. Does anyone know of a genealogist who attended the Global Family Reunion in New York City on June 6? If so, please contact this column.

Genealogy tip

The GenealogyInTime Magazine recently posted “simple ways to improve your genealogy productivity.” For example, “Improve Readability — When searching the Internet, how often do you come across a page where the text is too small or the image cannot be read? How do you improve readability? Hold down the Ctrl button and the plus button on your keyboard at the same time. The text and image will get bigger. Do this several times and the image will get really big.

“Want to make the text and images smaller? Simply hold down the Ctrl and minus button. Repeat as necessary … It works on all the major browsers.” (This helpful online magazine can be found at It also lists newest genealogy records on the Internet, top genealogy websites, and helpful articles.)

City directories online

City directories contain a wealth of information for researchers and contain names and information on individuals and businesses, such as addresses, occupations of residents, and more. Several Indianapolis city directories from the Indianapolis Public Library are available, free on the Internet, at

They range from 1861 to 1985 and can be searched and viewed.

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

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