Planning–How to Get People to Come


Lots of websites with invitation ideas. Use a photo of your ancestor that you are honoring. This invitation is found on

The number ONE RULE to get people to come is  ADVERTISING!



  • LOTS ADVERTISING and REMINDERS which requires 
  • ITINERARY. You can’t advertise if you don’t know what you are doing.
  • USE EMAIL, FACEBOOK, TEXTS , or send out invitations and follow-up with emails and text reminders.

B-FOCUS ON THE YOUNG for activities!

  • Plan for the Majority:  You want to focus on the young–Young adults, teenagers, older kids to young parents. Parents will more easily be persuaded to come if their children will enjoy it.We always tried to get something that most people would want to do and could do.
  • Older People: are usually content staying put and visiting with others.  So if you have a Comfortable “Home Base” there is usually a group who wants to stay behind. (You never want to leave people just waiting for you to come back.) Or have another plan for those who don’t participate in the major activity.
  •  Babies and Toddlers: Often the older grandparents will keep the little ones who can’t participate, or there are some moms that want to stay back with the babies. Plan something that they can do like a craft, or a museum, or a tour–it totally depends on where your reunion is located.

C-Other Tips We’ve Learned About Getting People To Come Long Distances:

1.  Fun Destinationsare a big draw. When people hear the family is getting together at some fun place, they don’t want to be left out. For destinations that have been fun for our family see Destinations.

 2.  “Big Ideas”–Plan something out-of-the-ordinary. Suggestions:

        2-A-Rentals:  Sometimes, to do something out of the ordinary, we have had to rent equipment. You can rent just about anything.

  • Big Blow Up Toys–I know people who have rented the big blow up toys like slides, bounce houses, etc. We have never done  that, so I have no information on them,  but kids love those.
  • Bikes–We once rented bikes for everyone in the family–even the grandma and grandpa and babies. We rented trailers for people with babies. Everyone paid for their own bikes or trailers. See Destination: Seattle
  • Horses– We have rented horses and borrowed horses. This usually works best if you have a variety of activities to choose from, and some ride horses while others may choose swimming, or golfing or whatever works for your group. See Destinations: Blanding, Huntington Lake State Park, Little Creek Cabin.
  • Jet Skis–We only rented a couple and everyone who wanted to ride them took turns. We had a schedule that you could sign up for the time. This was one of those times we had a variety. Some people went on a tour through a coal mine, others went horseback riding. See Destination: Huntington Lake State Park
  • ATVs –We have rented these for everyone, so every four wheeler had two people on it. When you rent these, they come with a helmet, and usually a trailer so you can haul them to the place you need them. You could also rent a few, if you have a base camp, and take turns on these. See Destination: Joe’s Valley, Paiute Trail.
  • Kayaks–We rented some kayaks for one of our family reunions–of the immediate family. Only  9 people wanted to go (we rented 4- two man and 1- one man), and the rest stayed on the beach and played. Kayaks only hold one or two people, so these aren’t necessarily the best for a big group, but tons of fun in with a smaller group and the right area. See Destination: Seattle
  • Rafts and Tubes–We rented rafts and took a guided raft trip down the Green River. Most people went, even 90 year old grandma. Babies couldn’t come. But later we rented rafts and tubes–self guided down the Provo River. See Destination: Provo River.

      2-B– Honor Someone: Celebrate the life of an  Ancestor.

  • Birthdays or other eventsFor instance, we had a family reunion on the 50th anniversary of my dad’s death. It was all about him. People were asked to bring pictures, and/or other items they had that had belonged to my dad. We honored and gave prizes to each person who had the name of Parker (his name). There were two with the first name of Parker–different generations, and one great-granddaughter who had married a man with the middle name of Parker.  People were asked to share memories, and also to tell about the heirloom or photograph they had. Some people that lived hours away had told us they couldn’t make it, but when they found out it was about Grandpa Parker, they came.
  1.       A Grandparent that is still living--Make a big deal about Grandma’s 90th birthday or grandparents’ 60 wedding anniversary, or just make it “All About Grandpa.”
  •  People will usually try harder to come for the grandparent’s sake. We planned an 80th birthday party for Grandpa one year, and people came from Georgia, California, and other states. If planned far enough ahead, people can get days off and cheaper airline tickets.
  • Grandma Nina’s Quilt Show–It was all about Grandma, and we asked people to bring quilts she had made. Most family members know the importance of honoring a grandparent and make more of an effort. See Grandma Nina’s Quilt Show

  • 2-
    1. Highlight an Ancestor
  •  Make it extraordinary weaving an ancestor’s homeland, occupation, hobbies, characteristics into the theme. Use your imagination. Use Pinterest. Don’t be afraid of Excess.
  • One of our ancestors was from England–So here are some ideas that we have done for more than one ancestor, combined in this suggestion–brainstorm with these and come up with your own ideas: See Pioneer Trek, Family History Focused Reunions.

  • Find recipes that are authentic to England and assign them out to people for a dinner.

  • Set the table with English teapots and teacups (You can serve any drink from them.) or see #3.

  • Decorate!! Grandpa ran a tin shop in Salt Lake City after immigrating to there. We found an historic photograph of it from the Utah State Archives/Historical Society. Have a copy place print it large and use it for wall decor, along with anything else that fits with that such as tin plates to eat on; tin buckets with prizes in them. (These would be basics, add excess to these ideas.)

  • Family History fan chart on the wall. Family History pedigree charts laminated for place mats/souvenirs.

  • Grandpa was sued in court by his first wife. That account was found in a newspaper, and presented as a reader’s theater. Any story could be acted out in a skit. OR Have someone with an English accent tell his story in first person and costume or some other drama.

    Horseback riding and/or horse and wagon rides to experience his mode of travel.

  • I assigned one of my nieces to make little booklets with his story in them that and pass them out so they can be read to children over so they remember that ancestor.

  • Copy photos of him and any histories–check out or search state archives for photos and histories, then make copies and pass them out at the reunion.

  • Ask people to dress in period costume for the era that he lived.


3–Choose a Place that has Family Connections–Reunion in a town or place that has family meaning, often draws people from all over, such as:

  •  A Home Town Tour–My husband’s family is from Georgia. We planned two years ahead. Everyone wanted to see Georgia.
  • We also set a reunion in our old hometown, Tooele. Destinations that involve ancestor pioneers will often draw people out, as well.  Family members have usually heard some stories about these places and want to see them.
  • We planned a camping trip to the Hole-in-the-Rock Trailmy great-grandfather had been part of that mission, so we wanted to explore where he had gone, and study what the group had experienced.
  • We re-enacted a mini Pioneer Trek. See Destinations: Blanding, Georgia, Tooele. See Pioneer Trek, Hole in the Rock Trail.

4—-Have a Reunion with a Fun Theme--such as Circus, Animals, Time Period, Pirates, etc. Planning ahead is important for this idea. With enough time, people can get costumes for the theme. (We have a costume rental place near where I live called “Doll’s Costumes.” She has everything and rents them cheap. Check your local places or come to Emery County!

  • My mom rented an Old Mansion in the Avenues for an evening. We had dinner there, and she wanted us to dress in late 1800s costumes. She wanted a cultured musical program, such a classic piano music, clarinet duet, classical songs sung by the trained voices in our family. We ate on china and crystal (the adults. I think the kids had paper and ate at a different table). It was a very elegant experience. Even the little kids loved it.
  • It would be  fun to do it in an Austenland– Jane Austen time period.
  • We had a Medieval Times reunion last year. That was the theme of Grandma Dottie’s Camp, and everyone participated. See Medieval Times Camp. Also see Pioneer Camp.
  • We have had two family “Murder Mystery Dinners.” They can include up to 20 people. We held them as dinner parties, but they could be a fun evening activity during a reunion, after little ones are in bed. You can buy these games or find them online. We did one that was a 50′s High School Reunion and one on a train in France. You receive an invitation which tells you who your character is and describes what she/he would wear. Everyone shows up dressed up as their character. Pieces of the story are handed out, and what each person’s role is in that part, and it is all ad-lib from there. There are some local trains-in many areas–that feature these. Reservations are made ahead, and they send out the invitations, etc. There is also a bed and breakfast in Manti that does these, so I’m sure there are many other places that could be found online.

Family History Destinations–Going Home

Going Home–Blanding

My grandparents on my father’s side lived in Blanding and so it was home to my father. My grandmother on my mom’s side moved there for work, and at the age of 20, my mom joined her and helped her run an Indian Dormitory for a few years. This is where my mom and dad met and lived there for a while. Later after my father died, my mother moved to Blanding when she married my father’s brother, and they lived there together for a few years.  So Blanding is a  ”Going Home Family Reunion.”

My mother held a family reunion here and people from all over the state and outside of Utah came. Relatives who still live there arranged for tours and hikes to Ancient Native American sites, or horseback riding adventures, etc. That evening we all gathered for dinner and a campfire. We sang old songs around the campfire, and then my mom presented a reader’s theater based on a newspaper article of my great grandfather. He was a polygamist and had three wives. The first wife decided she didn’t like polygamy and with the help of those people who came into Utah–reporters, spies, agents–to try to expose the practice as evil. She was aided in deciding to sue her husband for polygamy. It was the first trial, but it was brought against him by his wife. This was reported in newspapers all over the country like New York and Chicago. This  article came from a Chicago Newspaper. It was written cleverly with a sense of humor, and so Mom assigned parts to different people such as the wife, Thomas Hawkins, the reporter, the judge, etc. And it was performed. Afterwards my aunt who had known him as her grandfather and had researched a lot shared the rest of the story with us. Until then I didn’t know much about my great grandfather, but I have always remembered that part of his life. We all learned a lot in a memorable way.

Family History Reunion–Pioneer Trek

Pioneer Trek Reunion

Another time when it was my turn, we went up Huntington Canyon and reenacted a mini pioneer trek. We used ancestor stories and planned around that. Each person was given a pioneer bonnet or a cowboy hat. One of our ancestors headed to Oregon for the gold fields. They stopped in Salt Lake for supplies and he joined the Mormon Church. So we salted the creek with some gold marbles for the kids to find as we began our trek (they could each pick up four gold nuggets), telling them the story of William Morley Black. The family was divided into families with a “Ma and Pa” for each family. Each family had a little wagon or a wheel barrow to use as their handcart. Each person brought a bedroll (to eat their lunch on) and a large squirt gun or super soaker (for the buffalo hunt) and put them in the handcart.

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Top Row: L-Panning for gold; C-On the trail; R-A pioneer ancestor visits us and tells her story. Middle Row:-Crossing a stream. Bottom Row: L-Guns read for the buffalo hunt; C-The hunt; R-The Trading Post.

Toward the end, some anonymous person handed each family a note that told of a challenge for their family such as one of their children broke his leg. They had to figure how to best help him. The trail crossed a small stream two times, and the leaders had to figure out the best place to across. Everyone made a stop to eat their lunch (cheese stick, jerky, and an apple). We had one of our pioneer ancestor–Ann Jewell Rowley appear to us and tell her stories of faith. The dads and grandpas acted as the buffalo and had a cardboard buffalo head as a shield. The kids had the most fun with this activity. At the end of the trek, they could spend their gold at the trading post. After the trek was over, the kids gathered around an aunt who helped them make a pioneer craft. Each family was given a small book that told the stories of their pioneer ancestors, to take home. We ate chili and scones for late lunch. The there was free time for kids and visiting time for adults.

Family History Destinations–Tooele

Going Home–Tooele


The Aquatic Center at Desert Peak Resort

My sister chose our old hometown of  Tooele for the venue of one of our family reunions. We went to the new Desert Peak Aquatic Center and everyone went swimming. There is a water slide and a huge pool. It is also located by the Historic Benson Grist Mill which has a lot of interesting, historic things to see and do. It’s a great way to review history of the area where we had lived for many years.



Our old pioneer house in Tooele. Left–My sister and I in the doorway of our old house a couple of years ago. It was empty and the yard is overgrown. The door was open so we took a tour. Right—I’m the baby, my sister is behind me, in 1949. The house was about 100 years old when we lived there.

We had lunch after our activities and then everyone was given a driving tour map with addresses and information on it telling about our home, the homes of two sister in laws, who grew up there as well, the high school my brothers attended, the hospital my mother worked as administrator, the old hospital where I was born, the elementary school we all attended, and some points on our way home where we picnicked as children, such as Black Rock Beach on the Great Salt Lake, and Adobe Rock. Everyone had their own map and so we all went in our individual cars at our own pace.

Family History Destinations–Georgia

Going Home–Milledgeville, Georgia 

My husband is from Georgia. Two of his brother still live there. The other three boys lived in Utah, at the time of this reunion. My mother-in-law, Nina wanted us all to go to Georgia for a family reunion. We planned it two years ahead. We knew we wanted to be there in the Springtime when it was most beautiful and not too hot. The folks in Georgia did a lot of planning on their end of it as well.

Family Reunion-Georgia
The top left picture is just one of the fishing trips that were planned. The top right is a family blue grass band that has recorded their music, and Uncle Tut Taylor, famous among blue grass music lovers. He has made many albums, and won a Grammy for one of them! “He’s called the Flat Pickin’ Dobro Man.” So we were entertained a lot!

We had a huge southern barbecue, where they cook a hog over  a pit all night long. And then, added to that, were all the fabulous southern dishes and desserts. It was fabulous. All cousins, aunts and uncles in the whole state were invited! Feasting and visiting went on for three days!

Top Left–Nina (Ben’s mom) with her brothers and sister–all still living in Georgia. Center–Charlie (Ben’s Dad) and his sister. Right–One of the old homes Ben lived in as a boy. Bottom Row Left–The old Methodist Church where Charlie’s parents are buried. Center–Gravestones of Charlie’s parents. Right–The Old State Capitol building, now a Military high school.

We went to Georgia a few more times, and each time we had a big family barbecue and learned more family history. We toured the town and saw all of the houses that Nina and Charlie had lived in through the years of raising their five boys; where Nina had worked and gone to school; The Georgia State Mental Hospital where Ben’s grandfather and aunt worked; the theater they used attend; the old schools; Georgia Women’s College, which once The Governor’s Mansion and other State Buildings. In the early 1900s Peabody High School was in one of the college buildings, and that is where Nina attended high school. Note: During the Civil War Milledgeville was the state capitol. After the Civil War the capitol was moved to Atlanta.

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One year all the brothers and sister-in-laws got together in Georgia for a family history tour and discussions. Then we all went to Hilton Head Island and rented a beautiful beach house for three days. We visited Savannah and other wonderful sights, but our evening conversation was always about memories of Georgia, grandparents, aunts and uncles, skeletons in the closets, places the family lived and worked, etc. We taped our conversations so it could be typed up as history later. And on every trip, we  got to see Uncle Tut Taylor and be entertained by his wonderful blue grass music played on a dobro! Although he moved to Tennessee long ago for his music career, he always came to Georgia to be with family when we got together.tttitl-002

Song written about Tut,  sung by Don Humphries with Tut playing the Dobro.


Family History Focused Reunions


When I was little, I remember our reunions were always at a park. We at lunch and visited, and hugged everyone–even those people I didn’t know. We always brought our own lunch for our family, but there was always sharing. I remember one year, after my mom had married our uncle, we took Kentucky Fried Chicken for our family. It looked like a lot because there were 25 of us, and so Uncle Loren/Dad told everybody to come get some chicken, we had plenty to share…there were lots of takers, so many of our family didn’t get any chicken.


“Come help yourselves, we have buckets full!”

 Many years later, after he had died, my sister emailed everyone on his birthday and said, “I think we should all go buy a bucket of KFC and give it away to someone to remember Dad.” We still have lots of laughs about that memory.

But anyway, I was talking about our old reunions and how we ate lunch, and then after lunch the adults got together and had a “Genealogy Meeting.”They tried to get us kids to come, but I tried it and it was so boring, I went off to tend the little kids on the swings. They were ALWAYS boring unless it was my mom’s turn to host the reunion. She brought out lots of ideas and made it a great time. That is the first I had heard of a  kiddie pool full of sawdust or sand with money in it. All kids loved digging for the money. She was sure there were better ways to teach family history, so I’m going to list things she did, and we have done that I consider fun ways to pass along appreciation for our ancestors.

Her ideas through the years included:


  •  One time beside a bonfire at the end of a full day of activities, she had people dress up in costumes of old, and gave them a script to read as a Reader’s Theater about my great grandfather Thomas Sunderland Hawkins.
  • Grandpa Thomas Hawkins Trial
    • He was a polygamist, and as was tradition, the first wife gave consent for him to marry a second wife, but then she changed her minds. Those who were stirring up trouble over polygamy convinced her to spy on her husband and take him to court, which she did. Outlawing polygamy had not quite happened, so she was convinced to sue him for adultery. The court reporter had a sense of humor and wrote it mostly as a farse, making fun of everyone and everything. My mom had a court stage set up with an attorney,  Thomas Hawkins and his wife Harriet Hawkins on the stand. Each character took turns reading the parts where they were quoted. We thought it was very funny, except my brother who is an attorney; he was disgusted and called it “a travesty of justice”.  I didn’t know anything about this ancestor until this reunion, and I have never forgotten him or how awful that trial must have been for him. He was the first one tried for polygamy, and so the courtroom was filled with spectators, mostly Mormons.
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      “Mormon Troubles–The Trial of Thomas Hawkins” published by “Harper’s Weekly, November 1871.



  • Grandma Ann Jewell Rowley
  • She wrote up a one-woman plays was written from many diaries and bios, and stories that she heard growing up about her great grandmother, Ann Jewell Rowley. She performed it for us all. Everyone who was there loved it, and felt like they knew this ancestor so much better.
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Ann Jewell Rowley


  • Grandma Maggie Rowley
  • She wrote up a story her mother had told her about taking a midwifery class from Dr. Ellis Shipp. Her mother, Maggie and her friend were both expecting babies and promised each other they would deliver the babies with the cleanest, hygienic methods they had just learned. The story goes on to be hilarious as she helps her friend clean and put a stove back together, finishing barely in time to catch the baby with soot all over them and the house. My mother told that story to the reunion of her brothers, sisters, and the next two generations attending. Grandma Maggie ‘s stories were the entertainment for that reunion.
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Margaret Ellen Black Rowley

Games for Family History

CONFESSIONS The host of the game reads something about an ancestor and asks everyone there to admit it, if they have done the same thing. This one can be used as a fund raiser. If you have done the same thing as Grandpa, Grandma, or some Aunt or Uncle, you put a quarter in the pot.  Here are some ideas. Telling the full name of the relative helps people know some details about their ancestors.

  • Uncle Preston used to drink beer. If you have ever drunk beer, put a quarter in the pot.
  • Grandma Sammy  stole a piece of chalk from her teacher. If you have ever stolen anything…
  • Grandpa Dave won trophies at the Drag Races with his ’56 Chevy. If you’ve ever  raced your car, or owned a Chevy…
  • Grandma Ginny used to dye her hair, if you dye your hair…
  • Grandpa Menco started fights at school. If you have ever been in a fist fight…
  • Grandma Nina  never would miss an episode of her soap opera. If you have ever watched soap operas…
  • Grandpa Parker used to swear. If you’ve ever said a swear word…
  •  Aunt Lizzy could never keep a secret, if you have blurted out something you shouldn’t have…
  • Great Grandpa Thomas was the first one tried for polygamy in court in Salt Lake City. If you have ever been to court even as a witness or jury member…
  • Grandpa David had a lead foot. If you’ve ever gotten a speeding ticket…
  • Grandma Maggie Rowley married four times. If you have been married more than once…
  • Great-Great Grandpa James lied under oath in court. If you have ever told a lie…
  • Great Grandpa Sam sued his neighbor over a manure pile. If you’ve ever fought with a neighbor…

(This one could also be played with a basket of candy–if they had similar experiences to Grandpa…take a piece of candy. Or pass out candy to begin with and they have to give it back if they have ever…)


This game is similar to the one listed in Family Fun, but with Family History. To play this, put pictures with names under them on a wall or board, so people can see the names and faces of ancestors. Then the host asks questions such as

1–Who headed for the Gold Fields of Oregon in…?

2–Who was a midwife?

3–Who made kid gloves to earn a living?

4–Who changed his name?

5—Who was sued by his wife for adultery?

6—Who was a freighter–hauled goods in a wagon from the railroad in Price to Vernal?

7—Who came with his mother and siblings with a handcart and later was part of the Hole in the Rock expedition?

8—Who lived in Orderville as one of five wives? And loved her sister wives?

9—Who fed Poncho Villa?

10—Who was a cowboy on one of the largest ranches in Utah?

11—Who spoke perfect Spanish and worked for the American Government in Mexico?

12—Who started their working career in a factory with no marketable skills and within five years became a hospital administrator?

13—Who was secretly baptized in the middle of the night?

14—Who died in Nauvoo as a Martyr for the Church?

15—Who was called with her husband and family to the San Juan Mission (Hole in the Rock)?

16–Who  accompanied Joseph to Carthage Jail? And went to Washington with the Omaha Indians to fight for compensation to them for their stolen lands?

As the questions are answered, point to the person on the wall. You could also print questions and a photo collage as seen below. Everyone can put the number of the question on the person they think it fits. Review  the questions, pointing out the right picture and elaborate a little on the person. Then people have a paper with pictures on it to take notes on and also take home.


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Ancestor Collage for Who’s Who Game


Each fact will have points beside it, as individuals go through the list, they award themselves points for the matching facts. One with the most points wins a prize.

Suit this to your own ancestor or ancestors

Types of facts could be:

1- Grandma Nina has sewn a million buttons on clothing. If you have sewn a button give yourself 10 points.Pass out a paper that lists things about an ancestor that you are featuring.

2- Nina has put in a thousand zippers, if you are wearing a zipper, add 10 points.

3-Nina is a quilter, she has made a ton of quilts. If you have ever helped make a quilt add 10 points. If you have pieced a quilt add 20 points.

4-Grandma Nina dislikes the color YELLOW. If you are wearing yellow, subtract 10  points.

5-Grandma Nina had twins. If you have ever had twins or are a twin, or have twin grandchildren give yourself 10 points. 6- Grandma worked for a fuse plant during WWII. If you have ever worked for the government give yourself 10 points

7-Grandma owned a bird named PeeWee that would screech whenever anyone visited, so none of us like him. If you have ever owned a bird subtract 10 points.

8-Grandma loved to watch her favorite soap opera. If you ever watched General Hospital subtract 10 points–that was not her show. If you’ve ever watched Days of Our Lives, add 10 points.

9–Grandma did not like pasta. If you love pasta, subtract 10 points.

10-Grandma lived in the same house for 40 years. If you have lived in the same house for over 30 years add 10 points.

11-Grandma made her famous chocolate cake for any family gathering. If you know her secret ingredient, add 10 points.

12-Grandma’s house was painted “easy-on-the-eyes green” inside an outside. If your house has green paint on any wall inside or out, or if green is your favorite color,  add 10 points.

13- Grandma had two hummingbird feeders and she loved watching the birds. If you have a hummingbird feeder add 10 points.

14-Grandma loved her little Chihuahua. If you have an inside dog, add 10 points. If you have or ever had a Chihuahua, add 20 points.

15-Grandma saved everything in case she might need it one day. When she moved out of her house, we had to fill up 2 dumpsters to move her. If you hate throwing anything away, subtract 20 points!


Have pictures of ancestors with names under them cut out, mix them up on a wall or board, and have the kids try to match the great-great-grandmas to the correct g-g-g-grandmas. Then have them put them on the right side of the family– either Grandma’s or Grandpa’s. As they make a match tell something about that couple–where the lived, how many children, some story about them that will make the kids remember them better.


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Mothers and Daughters


Match up the fathers–top row to the sons–bottom row. Then match which side they belong on.



Ancestors-Hawkins Historic Photos1HUSBANDS AND WIVES MATCH GAME

Pass out copies of pictures with grandmas and grandpas on it. Each family member needs to match up the couples. As host reads the answers, he should tell something about their story.


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Have baby or young pictures posted of ancestors, along with adult pictures and play the match up baby or young pictures to older person. This is good for kids to play with living grandparents–try to match up the baby picture to people they know.


Ancestors-Hawkins, Alma and Harriet Carleton

Young and Old


Have names of family ancestors on sticky notes, stick one of the names on a person’s forehead. He has to go around asking yes or no questions about who he is, such as “Am I male?”  ”Am I young? ”  ”Am I a farmer?”  ”Do I make delicious bread?” “Did I live in Oregon?” He can’t ask the same person more than once, so everyone has to mix and mingle.

If children are playing this game, then you could use the names of people at the reunion–just cousins and aunts and people they know.


Ask some people ahead of time to think of a funny or important story to tell about the ancestors they remember and interacted with like their parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, etc. Usually when one tells a story it reminds someone else of a story. These stories are invaluable! Record the whole gab session and type it up as a record. Even folk lore is important to history.