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The late and founder of the Seidemann Family Reunion, Ray Seidemann explains a very long and illustrious family tree to his grand and great grand grandchildren.

Family reunions are often originated by a genealogist and history is what most reunion members have in common. These are examples of how families incorporate family history and genealogy in their reunions. We urge you to e-mail us your special reunion history and genealogy.

Just Cuz
The St. Anthony (Idaho) Family History Center is introducing youth to descendancy research using a PowerPoint presentation called “Just Cuz!” Its purpose is to identify and become acquainted with as many living relatives as you can find. “Just Cuz!” has several links with step-by-step instructions about how to enter data, add notes and even add pictures and other multi-media such as audio and video.




GRAMPS, is free Genealogical Research Software, gives you the ability to record the details of an individual's life as well as complex relationships between various people, places and events. Your research is kept organized and searchable.

Many Roads
Learn how to conduct genealogy research. 50+ free genealogy courses to help develop skills, knowledge and collect genealogy information.

Reunion and cemetery cleanup
Read this report about a reunion of persons whose relatives/ancestors were buried in Searl Ridge Cemetery in Bureau County, Illinois. The well conceived reunion and cemetery cleanup and restoration were planned by Dorrie Simon who offers this report.
This is a must read for anyone planning a reunion for people you've never met or anyone contemplating a cemetery restoration. (Report:SearlsRidgeReuCemetery.pdf 1.4MB)


Who would you ask, if you couldn't ask granny?
Ask Granny© is a program of specially designed materials that make it easy for grandparents to create a wonderful gift for their families -- putting their memories of family names and places down on paper. The creators say that no family should ever have to ask, "Why didn't we Ask Granny about our family history?"

The group in Athens, Georgia, who developed Ask Granny© asks only that no one be charged for the materials. The free downloadable Ask Granny© .pdf files include Ancestral Charts and Family Group Records.

The materials can be used by small groups creating their own ancestral charts, and by children who are actually "Asking Grannies" about family details. Get priceless family memories, names and places on paper or as a fun activity for grandchildren and children to actually "Ask Granny" about family names and places. For instructions to download, email ask granny or visit

One of the creators, Judith F. Russell, Bogart, Georgia, introduced us to Ask Granny©. You can find the link to their materials on our freebie page at

Santa has brought you
a special gift this morning!
Please enjoy a free eBook of "Karl Crosses the Atlantic" (written by Josiah Schmidt), a richly illustrated children's book telling the story of Georg Karl Schmidt, the first of the West Bend Schmidts to come to America in 1881.

Click here to view your free eBook! (file type: .PDF / file size: 7.32 mb)
Alternately, you may right click the above link and choose "Save As" to save the eBook to your computer.
Can't wait to see you at the reunion next year, Edith! If you see some of your cousins on the Schmidt side of the family during your Christmas gatherings this week, please take a moment to ask them to RSVP to the 2016 Reunion!

Your cousin,
Josiah Schmidt
on behalf of the Schmidt Family Reunion Committee

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