Next time you're using a database of historic newspapers, try this tip from Tom Kemp, of the GenealogyBank
subscription newspaper site: Look for articles about your kin's family reunions.
Society pages in old newspapers would report on local gatherings, often with names of the family patriarch and out-of-town or well-known attendees. You can download a few examples from GenealogyBank's free downloads page
Search for family surnames and the words family reunion
. Try adding a place if you get a lot of hits. Kemp also suggests searching for reunions of high schools and colleges and military units.
A subscription to GenealogyBank costs $19.95 per month or $89.95 per year. Many public libraries offer cardholders free access to its sister database, NewsBank, through their Web sites.
Other resources include Ancestry.com's newspapers
($155.40 per year in the US Records Collection) and the growing newspaper databases at World Vital Records
($49.95 for two years).
You'll find more options for finding newspapers both online and in libraries on FamilyTreeMagazine.com
Also see the newspaper research guide in the February 2007 Family Tree Magazine