Sunday, July 20, 2014

Global Family Reunion

Have you heard? This is not your mama's reunion.

The writer, AJ Jacobs, who is with Esquire and is  a best-selling author, wants to bring together as many "cousins" as possible for a massive reunion to be held on the site of the 1964 World's Fair in New York City next June 6. Admission is $20 but all proceeds will go to Alzheimer's research. For more information, visit the Reunion website  Be sure to view the video. ABCnews has more coverage at

In order to find all the cousins, there is an effort underway by a team consisting of names we all know: Wikitree, Geni (owned by MyHeritage), Family Tree DNA, 23andMe. Each of us can go online today to determine if we qualify for the reunion. It's based on "degrees of separation" between you and either AJ or his wife.

Notice there is one flaw in the mix (for purists like me): When AJ talks about "family," he is including in-laws. We all know that this is not acceptable to genealogists, or geneticists, but for this fun project, I'm willing to bend the rules.

And I already have. I've signed up for the Reunion and I'm number 100 in Wikitree's Global Reunion Project with 27 degrees of separation from AJ on two lines. The actual genetic relationships go through siblings in the lines, however, so neither  "cousinship" is accurate in genealogical terms.

I hope you will join me!

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