A couple of people were really surprised when I mentioned yesterday that I belong to a family that has over 1000 people at the reunion. I feel that I need to explain:
I am a 7th generation member of this family. A reunion is held every other year for the descendants of my paternal great-great-great-great grandfather. His second son and third child is my great-great-great grandfather; they immigrated to Texas from Olfen, Germany in 1846 when he was 20 years old. My great grandfather (Grospapa as he was called) married his wife in the same church where my parents were married. I love that church: It is gorgeous.
(Photo courtesy of St. Monica Catholic Church Website)
That is the parish where my mom grew up; many weddings, Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, and funerals were attended by my maternal family there. It's also where my uncles celebrated their first Mass as Priests. Both sets of my grandparents were laid to rest there.
The reunion was held this year, and it appears attendance was down to a little over 700. I have no idea when I last went. While I was looking at the records from the past years, I saw my family's name under "Largest family" for 1970. I remember going when I was around 12 or so, so I must have gone at least one time after that record breaking year! I know my mom has some pictures, but that would require me going to her house, looking for the picture, and scanning it. Maybe one of these days that will get done!
And there you have a brief history of my family. I think it's important to know where we came from. If you're in Texas and this sounds familiar (maybe a little too familiar!), let me know. We just may be related!