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After a meeting of the retired American teacher Hazel Easterday from Akron/Ohio and the German genealogist Friedhelm Ostertag in Summer 1969 there was the idea of organizing a meeting of the far spread Ostertags in his home town Nördlingen. Hazel Easterday wanted to get to know the home of her ancestors and was enthusiastic about this idea. So both of them collected addresses of the Ostertags and Easterdays and sent letters with the suggestion of planning an international meeting in Germany. In August 1972 the first international family reunion took place in Nördlingen and was very successful.
To be able to care for the genealogy and the family traditions, shortly after the German Ostertag Association was founded in Nördlingen. Friedhelm Ostertag was the leader of the association until his death in the year 1997.
In August 1975 Hazel Easterday organized the first American Easterday-Family-Meeting in Frederick/ Maryland. Also European Ostertags took part in this meeting. The location for the meeting was chosen because Frederick was the town where the first Ostertags (who called themselves Easterday later) which came on board of the ship "Christian" settled in the USA.
The members of the Ostertag Association met and meet every year with friends and guests in Nördlingen or other homes of Ostertag branches such as Stuttgart, Nürnberg, München, Epfig/Elsaß or others. Every six years, there is an international meeting in Europe. Between these meetings, the American Easterdays organize their reunions.
Die Ostertag-Familienwhich was printed and released in German and English at the family reunion.