BTx3 Reunion

28 Sep

Between 200 and 250 BTx3’s gathered at a resort this weekend for a long delayed family get together, a great turnout considering the time of year and distance some of the attendees would need to travel.  All told, the family consists of something between 500 and 800 members (that we know about), covering 6 generations from the point we marked as “our origins”.

Family Reunion Print by Laverne Ross

Family Reunion Print by Laverne Ross (

To quote Edgar Guest – “That’s a heap of livin'”.

Got several hundred requests to publish another book about the family as a companion to the one we did at the 25th Family Reunion, which was a 300 page leather bound volume of pictures, charts, stories, documents, and letters – as well as a historical account…

I started assimilating this information several times, with the help of some of the family historians. The last book took over a year of effort to assemble, edit, and produce – which was a serious commitment. Of course, we didn’t have the advantage of computerized and online publication tools that we do today (like Adobe Publisher) – nor did we have extensive access to the Internet.

I have done a brief survey of Genealogy software, and so far have found products which are infested with a serious level of “bloatware” making the products fatally cumbersome, or with serious limitations in the ability to convert the files into a printable or publishable format. I haven’t taken a look at the online “Family” sites yet to figure out if there is anything useful…

Anyone else out there have ideas or experience in this?


Posted by on September 28, 2009 in Black History


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4 responses to “BTx3 Reunion

  1. t-shirts101

    September 28, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    I know there’s gotta be a legit company out there that does this sort of thing… Remember the PBS specials with Prof. H. L. Gates telling Oprah about her Great, Great, gandparents? I rememebr Chris Tucker taking a plane ride to Africa; he visited the specific village in Africa where it was determined that his direct ancestor was kidnapped.

    Maybe the company that performed the search is mentioned in the packaging for the TV programs. Just a thought.


    • btx3

      September 29, 2009 at 12:28 AM

      I’ve found a pretty good Web based package, which appears to have the controls and capabilities I need –

      It also claims to work with WordPress and Blogger, and can be run on an Apache Server. It works with PHP Nuke as well.

      Will be playing with it over the next several weeks to see if this is…

      The one.


  2. blindersoff

    September 28, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    Our family historian went to a print shop and had a book made after it was typed in a word document. We were able to gather information about family member back to the 1700


    • btx3

      September 29, 2009 at 12:38 AM

      That is similar to how I published the first book, utilizing Adobe on a Macintosh. Due to costs at the time, we had to do it in black and white, which meant screening the photographs on a stat printer so they could be duplicated.

      Life is easier now.

      We have some pretty good historians in the family, and one book has already been published about some family members who participated in Bacon’s Rebellion. Our problem is getting a corral around the relatives born since 1900, which has more to do with family politics than anything else.



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