Key to a successful family reunion is the ability to communicate effectively with your family members. The Calendar included in your FamiliesWebsite.us site sends email reminders, prior to events and meetings. Our customers have reported significant increases in participation in their committee meetings and other events when the email notification option, on the calendar, is used. (see calendar below)
Keeping track of accurate contact information ensures successful planning for your family reunion. Over time families move and their phone numbers change. The Address Book
allows family and relatives to update their own contact information on the website. This ensures you always have the most current contact information available. Security is a top priority
, only visitors who you create logins for can logon and view the website. The address book is an optional feature which you can turn off if your desire.
Methods of Communication
Again communication is paramount to a successful family reunion. The information maintained in the Address Book is also available in your User Manager console. From the console you can quickly send an email messages to every one you have created a login for. From the User Manager you can export them to Avery Mailing Labels, and if you would rather work from a family reunion roster, you can export to an excel spread sheet or an Acrobat PDF file.
Collaborate on your family tree though the Genealogy
tools included in your site. Anyone you create a login for can contribute to the family tree. Genealogy collaboration
is fun and one of best ways to quickly fill out your family tree. You will be amazed at how much your family reunion will benefit from the collaborative process. This collaborative effort will keep everyone in touch far beyond your family reunion.
Funding your Family Reunion
Family Reunions committees typically need to create a budget for costs associated with the event. Once you have figured out how much the family reunion is going to cost, you have to determine how you are going to fund it. Charging an admission fee is one common way to fund a family reunion. Another way is to raise funds by selling family reunion related items and/or solicit donations. Your FamiliesWebsite.us site includes a shopping cart, it's perfect for selling t-shirts, caps, coffee cups etc. The shopping cart also supports donation buttons. Credit card processing is securely done though PayPal, all you have to do is open a PayPal account.
It is critical to ensure your family's personal information is secure. All FamiliesWebsite.us site require that users login with a user name and password. You determine who you want to create a login for, and what content you want to make available. For example you may want to have certain pages available only to your Family Reunion committee. The system supports groups and access restrictions. Access restrictions can be used to control who can see specific pages and who can edit content for any page.
Calendar and email reminder: