Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Upcoming Events: Southwest Michigan Family Reunions

Summer is here and along with it comes a parade of certain traditional events.  May & June tend to be grad party season, weddings are slated for most weekends, we just celebrated the country's 135th birthday, and you can't throw a dead cat without hitting a yard/garage sale. 

July & August also tend to be when we hear about most family reunions.  As family historians, these are golden opportunities to share and learn more about our family's history.  Think of them as not just yet another opportunity to overeat, but a place where you can make connections with other people like yourself - people with a passion for family history.  Or, discover family members who have those ancestral photographs & documents in a shoe box under their bed that no one has brought to the light of day in decades.  You just might be the inspiration they need to dust them off and share them.

In the Southwestern Michigan area, there are at least three family reunions scheduled this summer:

Goodrich Family Reunion, Saturday, July 16, 2011, 2 p.m., Fred Russ Forest Park, Marcellus Highway, near Volinia.    This reunion celebrates the descendants of George Goodrich  Sr. & Leone (Drake) Goodrich of Hamilton Township, Van Buren County.  Activities will include, a white elephant auction, bingo, 50:50 raffle, kids's games and more.  RSVP to Charles Goodrich or call (269)423-7547. 

Drake Family Reunion, August 14, 2011, 1 p.m., 65477 CR 376, Van Auken Lake, Bangor, home of Shirley (Drake) Schroyer.  Invited are the descendants of Joshua Cope Drake of Bangor Township, Van Buren County.  Contact Jean (Drake) Johnson or call (269)616)669-2419 for more information.

[Please note that I will be in attendance at both of the above reunions to share notes regarding my upcoming book, The Drake Families of Van Buren County, Volume 1 : descendants of Joshua Cope Drake]

Cavanaugh and DeVriendt Family Reunion - Saturday, August 13-14, 2011, 12 p.m. at the DeVriendt family farm in Grand Rapids.  In addition, the family will gather at the Sacred Heart Church & Cemetery in Watson (Allegan County), for mass and a cemetery walk beginning at 9:30 a.m, August 14.    The Cavanaugh family originated in Watson Township.  Contact Karen DeVriendt or Tom Duncan for more information.

If you know of other family reunions in Southwest Michigan in 2011, contact me and I will list them in a future post.