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GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, July 22, 2011


GeneaBloggers Radio – Episode 26

Friday, July 22, 2011
10pm-11:30pm Eastern US
9-10:30pm Central US
8-9:30pm Mountain US
7-8:30pm Pacific US
3am London UK
12pm Saturday Sydney AUS

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Until We Meet Again! – Family Reunions and Genealogy

Our special guests will include: Edith Wagner, founder, publisher and editor of Reunions magazine and; Marilyn Stewart, better known as “Aunt Mo” who runs the Family Reunion Helper website; and Lorine McGinnis Schulze of the Olive Tree Genealogy Website. We’ll be discussing how to plan your next family reunion, how to include fun activities for all ages, and how to include your genealogy research to share with family reunion participants.


Edith Wagner
Edith Wagner

Edith Wagner is founder, publisher and editor of Reunions magazine and She is author of Reunions Workbook and The Family Reunion Sourcebook (1999, Lowell House/McGraw Hill, Los Angeles CA). Many of her columns about family reunions can be found at, The Family Tree and Leisure Group Travel. She is a regular speaker about the business of reunions for convention and visitors bureaus and about reunion planning for workshops and conventions. She also visits and writes about many reunion destinations.

She has been a national spokesperson in the context of reunions for KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken),, Hebrew National Foods, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and Lifetime Furniture Co. She spends some of every summer making media appearances talking about reunions, reunion trends and tips to motivate more people to think about and plan reunions. She has appeared on dozens of local TV and radio shows all over the country and nationally on the Today Show, Later Today, CBS Morning, Good Morning America, Home and Garden, CNN, NPR, Heloise and Christian Radio. She has done web chats, for AARP and the Washington Post and podcasts for others and on currently now on

Edith was a social worker for 18 years in Los Angeles, California, Kansas City, Missouri, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, followed by about 11 years doing specialty public relations and promotions for small businesses and non-profits. Her BA is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MS from Missouri State University-Warrensburg. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with two goofy cats and loves to walk, swim, read, cook (and eat, of course), travel and renovate houses.


Marilyn Stewart
Marilyn Stewart

Marilynn Stewart, better known as Aunt Mo to her family, has been organizing family reunions for almost 30 years.  Her family reunion ideas have been featured in various family reunion magazines and web pages and she is a popular speaker to church, civic groups and  conferences.  Two years ago Aunt Mo and her brother Scott, founded, a website where she shares family reunion themes, games, food and fun with those that visit her site. Aunt Mo’s favorite quote is “A tree without roots will fall over” and she believes that family reunions is a wonderful opportunity for families to discover what their roots are.


Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Lorine McGinnis Schulze

Lorine McGinnis Schulze is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved in the fields of genealogy and history for more than thirty years.

Lorine is the creator and owner of Olive Tree Genealogy website at and several other websites, all bringing free genealogical content online for genealogists and historians.

Lorine is active in the genealogy community with several blogs including Olive Tree Genealogy blog at and Ask Olive Tree at Here visitors can submit queries and challenging questions for an answer from Lorine. In February 2011 she was an official blogger for RootsTech Technology and Genealogy Convention in Salt Lake City Utah.

Lorine is the author of many published genealogical articles and books on genealogy and history. Her list of published works is available at

Olive Tree Genealogy has been online since February 1996 and is one of the oldest genealogy websites online. Lorine’s website was among the first to bring primary sources to the Internet with its passenger lists of ships from the Netherlands to New York in the 17th Century. Lorine specializes in early Ships Passenger Lists to America and Canada, as well as New Netherland (17th Century New York), Loyalist research and Ontario genealogy research.

Lorine has been a frequent instructor in various IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Workshops for genealogical studies. She is a volunteer host for several Ontario GenWeb sites and  USGenWeb sites. She also volunteers as an administrator for over 30 genealogy mailing lists and more than 2 dozen genealogy message boards. In addition, Lorine is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and ONAPG (Ontario Chapter).


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