The Biggest Family Reunion Ever – The Global Family Reunion Project
Ever feel disconnected from the other seven billion people on the planet? The Global Family Reunion Project aims to change that! Through a very unique approach to show how we are all really interconnected, founder A.J. Jacobs is planning an event happening at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY on June 6, 2015.
Kicking off at 11 am and continuing till 8 pm, the day will encompass great music, creative speakers, games, storytelling and family fun and focus on how all of us are part of the great human race. It’s a day to actively feel part of a family reunion, humanity style. The speakers list includes Dr. Oz, Daniel Ratcliffe, comedian Michael Ian Black, and others.
Tickets are $35 (early bird specials are available) and all proceeds of the event benefit charities for Alzheimer’s disease. Remote sites across the country will also be hosting their own family reunions. Visit the Global Family Reunion project to see if you live close to any of these.
A.J. Jacobs has creatively designed the largest family reunion ever by showcasing famous people with signs in photos that say, “I’m a cousin.” Such well-known icons as George and Barbara Bush, John Legend, and Daniel Ratcliffe appear with Jacobs and show how many “steps away” DNA testing or a list of ancestors shows them to be. The results show the incredible reach of one family tree.
Every person is invited to submit their data to find their connection to the Global Family Reunion. You don’t have to attend the event to be a part of this. You can email your ancestors’ names to email@example.com. Make sure you mention any famous or semi-famous people in your lineage. The site also recommends joining Geni, WikiTree, or Family Search (a project from the LDS Church) to find out how to make a family tree.
At Everlasting Footprint, we are dedicated to helping individuals tell the stories of the members of their family tree. By connecting with other family members and following the Footprints of people you knew, you can begin to build your own family tree that is much more than facts – it is a complete history of someone based on the memories of the people who knew him or her best.
Learning how to make a family tree is the easiest it has ever been. With the wealth of information on the Internet and old records constantly being digitized, you can find photos, birth and death records, military records, immigration records, and newspaper articles to help you put together your family tree.
A.J. Jacobs is a bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically, a parody about living out a literal interpretation of the Bible. Never making fun of it, but finding the humor in a modern day person trying “to avoid wearing clothes of mixed fibers,” and other confusing messages, Jacobs immerses himself in a biblical life.
He is also the author of The Know-It-All, Drop Dead Healthy, and My Life as an Experiment. Jacobs has given TED Talks and is an NPR commentator. He has assembled a team of professionals in many industries, such as film making, event planning, genealogy, and professional speaking to make this event a phenomenon.
In a time where so many of us see how wars and violence causes distance between us as a human race, it is a wonderful thing to be able to feel the closeness we can experience if we just realize we are all part of one human family.