Genealogy in the News- Global Family Reunion

A.J. JacobsThe New York Times recently profiled best-selling author A. J. Jacobs and his upcoming Global Family Reunion. You can read the full article here. The Global Family Reunion was started A.J. Jacobs, who became fascinated with the idea that every person on Earth is related to every other, and wished to celebrate our inter-connected family trees. Genealogy, families, and the Global Family Reunion will be the topic of Jacobs’ next book and the subject of a documentary by Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me).

The Global Family Reunion will be held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens on June 6, 2015.  Ticket sales ($30) will benefit Alzheimer’s research.  Many notables will be appearing, and not just from the field of genealogy, including Henry Louis Gates Jr., Daniel Radcliffe, Dr. Oz, Lisa Loeb, Morgan Spurlock, David Blaine; Ted Allen, Sister Sledge, Paul Williams, and even George H.W. Bush will speak (albeit via video). Event supporters include FamilySearch, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, Geni, MyHeritage, Wikitree, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, and, of course, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

It’s a family reunion, so don’t miss being a part of the World’s Biggest Family Photo or the sack races, tug-of-war and other games. Try the “On-the-spot Genealogy,” where you can try to figure out how you are related to every else, and meet and greet “Historical Cousins” (there will be several impersonators, including George Washington). Visit the event website at  for more information and to buy tickets.


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