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Re: Presenting research at the reunion

I do a powerpoint presentation every year at our reunion that features the most up to date information on the family ancestry as well as photos. It also talks about the research trips that we take.

I also do another slideshow with the deaths, births, graduates and marriages from the last reunion until the current reunion. It features names, photos and the line of the family of the people within it set to music.

Last year, I created posterboards with documents (such as census, draft cards, death certificates, photos, etc.) for each line of the family and prominent folks.

In addition, I also published the first souvenir book that included the family genealogy. It was preceeded by a history of the research project, the sources and a list of what to expect from it. Here is an excerpt:

Information from within a personal record can include, but is not limited to:
 Name, including any nicknames or aliases
 Birth date and location
 Names of spouses, including any nicknames or aliases
 Marriage information
 Census information
 Tax information
 Military service
 Current location and whereabouts
 Number of children or believed number of children
 Medical conditions or chronic conditions that are patterns in the family and public information
 Publications that family members have been in
 Civic and social involvement
 Stories from family members
 National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Affiliation
 College enrollment information for current students
 College degree completion including university, degree and major
 Vocation/Industry
 Death date and location
 Cause of death
 Social Security Death Index (SSDI) information
 Death certificate information
 Obituary/Obsequies information
 Burial information including cemetery, burial date and plot
 Funeral information such as location and date

It was well over 200 pages and sold like hot cakes. There is nearly no way we can print out an entire family tree for the family because it would be gigantic and also costly. We are at nearly 1,800 people in the family file and I'm sure next years will be well over 300 pages. We used these as a fundraiser and charged $20 for them.

In addition to all this, I also produce a reunion DVD. It features a reunion recap video, photoslideshows and the banquet presentations (outlined above). For the current year DVD, we charge $10 and then $5 for previous years.

Through gaining experience through my presentations, the DVDs and the research, I've actually been able to market myself as a business that can do this for other people. I would suggest to others to do the same ;)

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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