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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

Family Talk Show

Re: Family History

George Geder et al,
I am back from my family reunion, and I am pleased to say that the "Family Talk Show" went extremely well!!!! The reunion was a GREAT success as well. We were a little bit short of 200 family members..about 190 folks...our largest attendance!!

We had the two eldest family members in attendance to sit on the "panel", as another family member was "Oprah Winfrey". This time, both of the elders were males. One was 87 years old and the other one was 84.

The host asked several questions herself to get the elders "warmed up", and then she released them to the audience for questions. Fortunately and thankfully, both of the elders have sharp minds and LOVE to talk about the family. It was a wonderful experience!!!

One of my cousins got up and asked them if they remembered her grandmother, who died before most of her grandchildren were born. Surprisingly, one of the elders mentioned that he got married a day before her grandparents had married and was able to give her an exact date (and day of the week!!). She was so touched to hear about the grandmother she never got to meet.

Other family members asked the day when they saw the first car, the time when bathrooms were starting to be built INSIDE the houses, etc. etc. My elderly relatives was able to relay some humorous stories that had the audience laughing. Everyone was so touched to have the elderly men talk about the past and also about their grandfather, the patriarch of the family, my great-grandfather, Bill Reed. Both of the elderly cousins spent a lot of time with Grandpa Bill and remembered lots! Wonderful indeed!!!! Also, the family presented both of them with nice plaques for being the oral historians.

I encourage anyone to try this at their family reunion. It will certainly give each and everyone a sense of family pride and rich history.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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