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When one first comes to genealogy, one is seldom aware there is a family association for their surnames of interest. I speak not just of their own surname, but the grandparents from whom they descend and their surnames, which normally differ.
For example, my mother’s surname (and part of her extended family) had held an annual reunion every year since 1889 on the same plot of land. Neither she nor I had ever heard of this reunion.
The surname which created my middle name, for many years unbeknownst to me, had had a family association since 1851, with reunions, newsletters etc. as time passed.
Locating these Associations, sometimes called Societies and sometimes other names can be difficult.
For example, the ‘Bourland’ Society does not have a web site, but does post an address to which one can write or e-mail and subscribe to a quarterly newsletter, obtain a CD of family descendancies a bi-annual reunion and much more.
The “White’ family does not have a web site but does have an annual reunion near Morgantoiwn, WV and has for over 100 years.
The ‘Rice’ family has a web site at edmund-rice.org with a newsletter, CD and reunion.
You will have to ask all those you know with a particular surname, use Google, Bing or other search engine sextensively and with diverse questions to find them, but many do exist and are another fountain of information waiting there for you.

When one first comes to genealogy, one is seldom aware there is a family association for the surnames in which they are interested. I speak not just of their own surname, but the many grandparents from whom they descend and their surnames, which normally differ.

For example, my mother’s surname (and part of her extended family) had held an annual reunion every year since 1889 on the same plot of land. Neither she nor I had ever heard of this reunion until the 1990s.

The surname which created my middle name, for many years unbeknownst to me, had had a family association since 1851, with reunions, newsletters etc. as time passed.

Locating these Associations, sometimes called Societies and sometimes other names, can be difficult.

For example, the ‘Bourland’ Society does not have a web site, but does post an address to which one can write or e-mail and subscribe to a quarterly newsletter, obtain a CD of family descendancies, announce a bi-annual reunion and much more.

The “White’ family does not have a web site but does have an annual reunion near Morgantoiwn, WV and has for over 100 years. You just need someone to tell you about it.

The ‘Rice’ family has a web site at edmund-rice.org with a newsletter, CD and reunion.

You will have to ask all those you know with a particular surname, use Google, Bing or other search engines extensively and with diverse questions to find them, but many do exist and are another fountain of information waiting there for you.


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