Pictures are great conversation starters. Don’t forget to include how the ancestor fits in the family tree. Heirlooms will make a great program for in-person reunions when they resume. This can also be a way to perhaps nudge some younger family members to come forward to handle future reunions. The heirloom reunion does not have to be tied to a real reunion. I have done some of this with my first cousins and their descendants. We learned that one cousin had our grandmother’s wedding ring from 1919 and passed it on to another cousin. After 50 years of researching our genealogy, I had no idea the ring existed. This reunion idea is from John and Susan Sloan, who have used it at the Sloan Family Reunion.
Facebook and genealogy
Social media can be a big help in breaking down brick walls. Facebook, for example, has “groups” for just about everything, including genealogy. Every state has a genealogy network group, as do many counties and regions. Surname groups are a must. Don’t forget groups specializing in local history, like Currahee Memories (Toccoa area). These may not cover genealogy specifically, but history but can provide important context.