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Family Reunions

Family reunions are the perfect time to reunite with distant family members you haven't seen in a long while, and to meet distant cousins you might have never known existed. These photos document families celebrating their relationships and common ancestors through family reunions over the years.

Sometimes, because of busy lives, adoptions, or the nomadic nature of people, families are separated - for a year, or a decade, or more. Or fights among siblings or generations divide a family. And sometimes we just forget to connect regularly.

Family reunions are a time-honored way to get together and celebrate our shared relationships. Whether it's traveling to the old homestead or home town or meeting in a new place, it's the coming together that counts. It's fun to relive old times, tell funny stories, catch up on what everyone has been doing, meet new family members, and look at faces that resemble our own. And family reunions are wonderful ways to help build your own family tree history. The stories, photos, and research of other members of your extended family can fill in your genealogical research or help you with a brick wall.

Reunions are always worth the effort and this story proves that:

Most people’s family reunions are like the ones my mom grew up attending, with not just cousins but second and third cousins, distant and close relatives. She recently shared a happy childhood memory of a family reunion that involved her favorite cousin and her dad. Apparently her cousin Julie had long beautiful hair, and my mom’s dad was bald. He had teased Julie for years about giving him some of her hair if she ever cut it. Well right before this particular family reunion, Julie cut her hair. She showed up to the reunion and gave my mom’s dad a ponytail she had saved, just for him, of her long red hair. Well later that night, after it got super dark and everyone was around the campfire roasting marshmallows, this man who no one recognized creeped into the campsite. He had long hippy-like hair and was just kind of standing there, not saying much. It took several minutes before everyone figured out it was my mom’s dad, wearing Julie’s hair. They laughed until they cried and simultaneously created a lifelong memory.

Family reunions are sometimes awkward and almost always inconvenient. They take time, effort, money and planning. As cliche as it sounds though, they are priceless and can’t be replaced with any amount of clocked hours at work. Make them happen and you’ll make the type of memories that give life meaning. - Jessica Harris, July 2013

Whatever the reason for our reunions, it's a joy to congregate with our own flesh and blood. The photos on these pages celebrate past reunions - and may reunite you with family that you didn't know you had!

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A photo of the 1st reunion of the Pitstick family
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Taken in Springfield, Washington County, KY in .
A photo of Harry & Beatrice Crouch Family Reunion 1958, Springfield, Kentucky
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A photo of the first Turrentine Family Association of America Reunion in 1941
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A photo of Mary Webb Currie at the Chadwick reunion in 1951.
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Lee, Long & Short Reunion in Tennessee. Photo taken July 26, 1923. The names... more
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Taken at Kirk Studio, Buffalo, NY USA.
A photo of the Gerland Family in Buffalo New York, I don't know who is all in... more
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Taken at J.A. Deeds Store, Jumping Branch, Summers County, WV USA .
Deeds family reunion taken in front of J.A. Deeds store in Jumping Branch,... more
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Taken in Foxburg, PA USA in .
A photo of the Confer family gathering for JoAnn and L.E. "Bud" Confer, on... more
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This is a picture of a reunion of the Matthias Mort reunion, held on July 27,... more
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A photo of the family reunion of William B Clinton
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Taken in Rocklin, Placer County, CA.
A photo of Gene Everett Morgan
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A photo of grandma Amparo with her children & great grandchildren. 1936... more
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Taken in Eureka Springs, Carroll County, AR in .
A photo of Ida Elizabeth Pinkley & the Fanning clan - She is holding baby... more
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Taken at Ohio, OH.
A photo of the Pitstick family reunion
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A photo of the David Daulton Martin Family Reunion 1910
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I believe this photo was taken in Nova Scotia and even though the back of the... more
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Taken in Arkwright, Chautauqua County, NY in .
1902 photo of a Scott family reunion held at what is now 3510 Burnham Road in... more
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Taken at David Grove, Fremont, Steuben County, IN in .
David Grove family reunion in Fremont, Indiana
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Taken in Junction City, Geary County, KS on .
A photo of the Ross Campbell family reunion the photo was taken in 1926 at... more
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Taken in Hazard, Perry County, KY in .
My Great grandmother, Mrs. Roderick R. Baker, Elizabeth (Betsey) Johns Baker.... more
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A photo of Emily Rhodes Lorraine at a family reunion
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A photo of the Yon Family Reunion, Grandin Mo.
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