Family Reunion Forum
Re: Planning a Family Reunion
In Response To: Planning a Family Reunion ()
Since this is your first, and money may be an issue for many, my advice would be to pick a city that the majority of the family members live. Some people like to start in the family's hometown "down South", but if the majority of the family has left that area, then maybe a "hometown reunion" can be planned in the future.
As far as my own preference, I prefer a reunion that's based on one family tree...like all of the descendants of one side....like all of the descendants of your great grandparents (grandmother's parents). I personally would start with one family tree and maybe expand in future reunions. Like I said, that's just my own personal preference.
Also, you have to probably consider which family branch you and your family members are the closest to. If your aunts and uncles are more in contact with your grandmother's family (their mother's side), then a reunion for the descendants of your great-grandparents (grandmother's parents) may be very well-attended versus trying to plan a reunion for one side where there's been little to no contact between the family members. Then again, your family probably would like the name of the reunion to be the name they are carrying, so you all might end up having a reunion including your grandfather's family and your grandmother's family.
Let me better explain this. Since you didn't state your grandparents' names, I will just use examples. You mention that your grandparents, Mr. John Smith and Mrs. Sallie Johnson Smith, had 13 children who are all living. Their 13 children, your parent, aunts and uncles, are Smiths, but they are more in contact with their Johnson relatives (Sallie's family). If you just concentrated on Sallie's family, inviting all of the descendants of William & Mariah Johnson (Sallie's parents), then the reunion would be Johnson Family Reunion, maybe. However, since your family are Smiths, and the ones planning the reunion, they may want to interject the Smith name in the reunion and have it as Smith-Johnson Family Reunion. If that is done, then why not invite your grandfather's family???
Do a survey with the family to see how they want to structure the reunion, as far as the name and family tree inclusion are concerned.
Happy Planning! and Happy 4th of July!