A family reunion website and social networking, in my opinion, are valuable internet "tools" and the "way to go" when setting up a means of communication between your entire family, no matter where they are in the world you can communicate with them - as long as they have access to the Internet.
There are websites available that offer free web pages or free websites. Of course, when shopping for just the right family reunion website for your family, you should check to see what features are offered, how many members can be on the site and how much storage space is available for family photos and other pictures, etc.
Most free family reunion websites offer a limited number of features and/or storage space, or free for a limited period of time, as a free trial.
MyFamily.com is an internet service that is owned and operated by Ancestry.com and offers great interaction between the two sites. It is an online location for your family to stay connected privately, with lots of features, such as: photo sharing, videos, story sharing, calendars, upload of family tree, and much more - ALL for a VERY LOW yearly price AND very easy to use. This is private from the social network sites since you decide who has access to the site. I, personally, like this site since you can set up a page specifically as your family reunion website. You will be able to keep everyone informed of dates, places and all sorts of information about the event.
MyEvent.com states that "Family reunion organizers everywhere are reporting that having a family reunion website had a dramatic effect on the attendance at the family reunion".
This site includes special family reunion features to help you collect family member information, family photos, ticket payments as well as share event details, stories and more. It is the best way to share all the event details, hotel information and create a buzz that builds momentum right up to the family reunion.
Two excellent features of this site are the Family Tree, in which you can include photos and family history and the Family Reunion Poll (or Survey). You get a 7 day free trial, then you can choose either monthly or annual plans at very good rates. Click the above banner for more information.
My Heritage - This site offers a free family webpage where you can share photos, video, news and experiences, showcase your family tree and organize family events. It makes it easier for people around the world to use the power of the internet to discover their heritage and strengthen their bonds with family and friends.
Thanks to MyGreatBigFamily.com, the entire family can get together as often as they like and connect online. It is a fully hosted site, which includes family domain name registration and MANY features not found elsewhere.
The private family website, which builds mini social networks for extended families, continues to grow, rolling out many new features along the way. From building a family tree to sharing photos, you can expect to find all of the features you get on all of the major public communities - with no ads.
New features recently added include a schedulable family newsletter than will compile a month's worth of "Big Family" activity; online game rooms where sons can stay up all night trying to beat Dad's high score; and a library of licensed music that family members can add to a shared jukebox.
Two features that really stand out are the Family Reunion Organizer and the live, private chat room. It is easy, private, secure and affordable (bring EVERYONE together for one yearly fee). The fee is a bit higher than others I've seen, but well worth the price. You may even ask your individual families to pay a "yearly dues" to keep the site going.
Family Crossings offers a venue for the entire famiy to safely share family photos, family calendar events, special family recipes, parenting tips and important family news. It also helps preserve family values by writing new chapters of your family's history online, create a family database, send birthday reminders and find family addresses easily.
The 10 reasons Family Crossings states in favor of using their site are:
There are three plans available; Free, Standard and Premium. For what they offer, I feel their pricing is very reasonable.
Build a virtual family website
Share special family moments
Bring social networking to your family
There are MANY more wonderful sites available online for you to choose from. It just depends upon what you are looking for.
A family website and social networking are WONDERFUL ways to keep the family connected and communicating throughout the year, or used just up to and during the event.
After uploading pictures of your family reunion event, it will provide information to the family members who were unable to attend.
It will be a wonderful place to announce graduations, engagements, weddings and new babies to the family - Share the JOY and pictures!!