Family Surnames include **Bergtholdt * Cannon * Donalson * Duncan * Marvel * Reese * Sowell * Swindell**
Bergtholdt Family Tree (1807) ~ Updated 9/21/2007
Cannon Family Tree (1847) ~ Updated 1/30/2007
Donalson Family Tree (1879) and (1730) ~ Updated 01/30/2007
Duncan Family Tree (1815) ~ Updated 07/22/2008
Marvel Family Tree (Ten Pages) (1504) ~Updated 2/23/2007
Reese Family Tree (1826) ~Updated 2/1/2007
Sowell Family Tree (1597) ~Updated 11/7/2005
Swindell Family Tree (1523) ~Updated 2/2/2007
Marvelicious Genealogy Bookmarks
Fellow Researchers On the Web
Cannon Family News Site
Debra Boswell's Homepage - "Cannon Surname"
Cannon GenWeb Site
Clan Duncan Society
Indiana Marvel Research
The Reese Family
Sowell Surname Research by Barbara Sowell
Andrew Jackson Sowell
Decendants of John Swindle
Visit Sonya's Genealogy Related Bookmarks Page
Wayne County, Illinois Website
Seminole County, Georgia Website
Family Reunion Information and Websites:
Great Family Reunion Planning Tips
1. Make Lists!Books, Games, Puzzles
2. Research your extended family to present at the reunion.
3. Reserve the place the event will be held well in advance (community hall, park, etc.)
4. Send invitations and include an RSVP. These can be made on your computer!
5. Include in each invitation an index card for family members to write down a trivia question about their family history (with the answers).
6. Have each attendee bring a side dish or dessert.
7. Have a guest book at the entrance. Designate each attending member to sign the book and to include their mailing addresses, email addresses, etc.
8. Provide nametags (at guest book table) which includes the city/state each person is from.
9. Be sure to have a camcorder, and after the reunion provide/sell copies of the video.
10. Have a display area showing everyone on the family tree. If people want to share photos, documents, etc., look into renting a copier or have a scanner available.
11. Have available blank family trees in order for the attendees to fill out their most recent family information.
12. Assign someone to schedule games. Prizes could be small like a mug, t-shirt, etc., with the family name on it.
13. Put together a Family Trivia Pursuit game. Include the trivia questions which are returned from the attendees.
14. Make a family time capsule. Family members could write down memories, bring pictures or anything they�d like to put in the capsule�idea is how you�d want others to know your family. One family put their items in a small footlocker and donated it to the local historical society in the family name.
15. Have family members bring odd pictures that not too many have seen, and guess who they are.
16. Ask family members to bring one wrapped gift�something about/of/from the family. The gifts are numbered as they are registered and given out as door prizes.
17. Give prizes or ribbons for the oldest, youngest, etc.
18. Have a story telling time, with the elders telling stories that end with sentences like, "The orneriest thing my brother/sister ever did to me while we were growing up.."
19. Sell t-shirts with the family name/crest for money to apply to next year's reunion.
20. Have each person fill out a small form when they sign the guest book. At the end of the reunion draw names and use the table center pieces as prizes. Make sure the number of names equal the number of tables provided.
21. Ask for volunteers for who will host the next year's reunion and take up a collection.
Some of these ideas are from Merrill Walker, who has organized reunions for over 35 years and most are by Sonya Marvel.
1. Make a family history coloring book that tells the story of the family. Include some games and puzzles from mixers to get people to talk to each other and not sit in a corner.
2. Copy pictures of an ancestor, old homes, crests, put them on colored paper and laminate for placemats to be taken home.
3. Bought discount stuffed animals and send one home with each child. He found that the teenagers wanted one, too.
4. Crafts for kids: necklaces, marble pouches�something they can make and take home, face painting, bubbles, ring toss, balloon races...
5. Make a family calendar showing everyone�s birthdays.
6. Have everyone handwrite a recipe card or paper, copy them and make a family cookbook.
7. For large crowds, consider renting a popcorn or snowcone machine. That might be something the teenagers would like to be in charge of.
8. One thing he said: "A lot of people may not be at the next reunion, so make it one they will always remember. Make sure you have something of interest to all age groups and don�t skimp.
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