My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Want to go to a Family Reunion?

At this time of year, many people are planning on attending a family reunion or having their own family gathering, large or small. What if you are a rather new genealogist and would like to see if there is a family association for your favorite ancestor or surname? You could do a few things

1. Ask some of your contacts who share the same surname

2. Do a Google search

3. Check on Facebook to see if there is a group with your surname.

4. Contact a local Historical Society or Library in the area of your ancestor to see if they know about upcoming reunions, and if they don't know, ask if they will give you the name of their favorite most helpful genealogist's name.

5. See if the name appears in the Directory of Family Associations, as shown below. I noticed it is sold at Amazon, but you might be able to get it at your local library, like I did. The second photo is an example of a page. If you are interested, it's worth checking this book out.

And, if you do go to a reunion, don't forget to bring your business cards, they could be handmade or professionally printed, using your own photos. See mine HERE.