Historical society seeks class reunion info.

February 15, 2021

Historical society seeks class reunion info.

HART — The Oceana County Historical and Genealogical Society would like a copy of your high school class reunion announcements, booklets and address lists to add to its files. Named photographs are also appreciated.

 “We’re interested in class reunion notices from any Oceana County school,” states Betty Driscoll, historical society board member. “We are accepting them in print or digital format for our historical records.

 “The graduates’ addresses will eventually allow researchers using our facility to track down relatives. It’s especially important since there’s a 70-year delay in the release of federal census documents: These records really help bridge the gap in available data.

“These collections generally include spouses’ names — another breadcrumb for lost branches to the family tree. Sometimes they tell children’s and grandchildren’s names, helping future generations fill out their family records,” said Driscoll.

“Most reunion booklets include information on winter versus summer homes, when applicable. This can be an awesome hint for researchers when they are unable to find a person’s place of death and/or burial. 

“And, sadly, they usually include a list of deceased classmates, sometimes with the date of passing and the location of death and burial. Each bit of information will eventually be part of someone’s search.” 

 Donations of current and past reunion information may be dropped anytime in the mail slot at the front of the building located at 114 Dryden Street — just east of the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office.

They can also be emailed to: info@oceanahistory.org, attention Betty.

“We also accept things related to the history or genealogy of Oceana County. Before you throw it away, please call us at 231-873-2600.”

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