family reunion

Prepared by Elisabeth Lindsay.

A family reunion is an activity aimed at bringing together family members, many of whom may be separated by time and distance. Family reunions are an opportunity for extended family members to become acquainted or reacquainted. A family reunion may be built around a single set of grandparents or one branch of a family. Family reunions most commonly take place in the summer months when children are out of school and people can travel, often combining family reunions with the family vacation.

Family reunions offer a unique opportunity for families to gather and share information, as family members recall old times, people, and places. It is a prime time for the family historian to interview elderly family members, to ask questions, and clarify family stories and legends. Overall, family reunions allow family members, especially children, to gain a better sense of their heritage and, perhaps, see their families in a broader, historical perspective.

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