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Sheila Green and Beverly Olsberg – Planning Your Family Reunion
February 8, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST
at Congregation Beth El Atereth Israel (Watch Party*)
If you are planning a family reunion or even just thinking about the possibility, this workshop will provide many ideas and suggestions that should make the planning process easier and lead to an enjoyable reunion experience for all.
Beverley Olsberg and Sheila Green will share what they learned when they each planned their successful family reunions. Beverley will transport you to Zambia, her birthplace and the site of her 1996 family reunion. Sheila will share the processes and techniques she used for planning her family reunion in Chicago, including the use of more recently available technology.
Sheila Green grew up in Chicago, went to high school and college in California, and lived in Anchorage, Alaska before moving to the Boston area. As a result of her relocations, she lost contact with her extended family. After she began her genealogical journey and found most of her first cousins who had also lost contact with one another, they asked Sheila to organize a family reunion. The result was a three-day reunion in Chicago that was attended by over 80 relatives.
Beverley Olsberg was born and raised in Livingstone, Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia). She moved to London when she was 18 and lived there for nearly 50 years until she and her husband moved to Boston a couple of years ago. While living in London, she remained in touch with most of her extended family who, through unrest in Central Africa, had dispersed across the globe. She developed an interest in genealogy which inspired her to travel and research her roots in Lithuania. She followed this by organizing a family reunion at the Victoria Falls in 1996 that included five generations, made up of 108 descendants, attending from 8 different countries.