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  • Series: National Genealogical Society Guides
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401600204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401600204
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sandra MacLean Clunies, a certified genealogist, has years of experience as an educator and speaks frequently on genealogical topics. She has won the National Genealogical Society Family History Writing Contest and is a regular speaker at NGS conferences. She lives in Derwood, Maryland.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is a dynamic and growing membership of individuals and other groups from all over the country -- and the world -- that share a common love of the field of genealogy. NGS is a portal to this fascinating endeavor with its ever growing selection of "how-to" materials, educational offerings, and premier annual conferences. The organization publishes the highly acclaimed NGS Quarterly and the NGS NewsMagazine. NGS has something for everyone!

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 15, 2004
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Family reunions are not, for many of us, as basic a part of family research as they might be, and books on the subject usually reflect that. If most of your relatives still live within a day's drive, you probably see them regularly and an annual picnic is almost a routine event, dedicated to introducing new offspring and remembering the recently deceased. If your family is scattered all over the country, as is true of probably a majority of the American population these days, a reunion becomes a special event with a significant outlay in time and money for both planners and attendees, but the activities are still largely the same. But Sandy Clunies, a Certified Genealogist and frequent speaker at the national level, is a very experienced family researcher and past winner of the NGS Family History Writing Contest, so her interest here is primarily in the role of genealogy at the family reunion. How could any attentive researcher pass up the chance to graze among all those memories and experiences brought together for a few days in one place?

Putting on a reunion can be an overwhelming task, but (to quote the author's grandmother) you can eat an elephant if you cut it into bite-sized pieces. "What kind of show should it be?" she asks. Do you need a theme? Is there to be a central event, like a milestone anniversary or the dedication of a DAR grave marker? Will it be potluck at a state park? A gathering at the ancestral family farm? Or a Caribbean cruise? The most important rule, though is Plan Ahead. At least a year - preferably two if it's to be a big event. The second rule is Take a Businesslike Approach. This includes record keeping, not only to properly account for finances but to provide information for future reunions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brenda M. DeLalla on July 28, 2003
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What a great book this is!!! Many families would love to have a reunion, but are quickly daunted by what appears to be the enormity of such a project.
This author not only has organized her own large family reunions, but has beautifully and personally given us a simple to follow road map.
With this book you can begin building the strengths and joys a reunion will bring to every family member - and you will be giving the very best present of all - the gift of new memories.
Your family deserves the best - and you can give it to them!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By laura Van Syckle on July 20, 2003
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This book has a wealth of guidance for anyone planning any large family gatherings. It covers all the details necessary for any type of event and all that is needed in planning that event. The book is so comprehensive-it is to a family reunion what a wedding planner is to a wedding! I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa McMains on July 28, 2003
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Stop looking for family reunion books - you have found it ! This is the most comprehensive, easy to use, wonderful resource for planning family reunions - large and small. Ms. Clunies has done all the work for you - and made it a great read !!!
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