“1000 New Cousins – Now What?”

Many of you have taken a DNA test(s) through companies like 23andMe, Family Tree DNA and Ancestry.com.   If you’ve taken one through 23andMe, you might be familiar with the e-mail that alerts you that, hey, you’ve got 1,000 new cousins!  At first, you were probably very excited, maybe even jumped around a bit and did a New Cousin Happy Dance, but then eventually sat back down at your computer screen, head tilted to the side, brow furrowed and thought…. “Okay…..well, now what?”

The good folks at 23andMe have put together this excellent Google+ Hangout on Air to answer that very question. Learn from 23andMe Ancestry Ambassadors CeCe Moore and Tim Janzen, and 23andMe Senior Director of Research, Joanna Mountain as they discuss what you can learn from your new 1,000 DNA relatives.

AJ Chats with Close Cousin Daniel Radcliffe for People Magazine

From AJ: In this week’s People magazine, I interview my VERY close cousin Daniel Radcliffe – a mere 38 degrees of separation. Thanks to the folks at WikiTree and Geni for figuring out how we’re related. (It’s not online yet, so I’m posting a picture of the article’s beginning. If I posted the whole thing I would have to pay Time Inc. several million dollars in damages)

A Welcome From AJ!

My grandmother was a blogger before the word existed. Before the Internet existed. Before Xerox machines existed.

Every month for more than 40 years, she would type up a single-spaced double-sided “Family News” and send it to about 25 members of the family. You had your weddings, births and deaths. You had at least three references to me having the “croupe.” I’m still not exactly sure what croupe is, but I had it a bunch, apparently.
So in the tradition of my grandmother’s Family News, we’re starting the Global Family Reunion blog. Sadly, there’s no smell of Ditto paper (an aroma my kids will never get to enjoy). But there will be lots of tidbits about the Global Family.

There will be interviews with interesting cousins, links to the Global Family Reunion in the media, tips on how to connect to the Global Family, book reviews – and anything else you guys want us to write about.

Oh, and for those who have arrived here not knowing about the Global Family Reunion: It’s an epic event that will be held in New York City on June 6 2015. It will be a Family Reunion meets a TED conference meets a music festival. There will be games, speeches, music, food – and any proceeds will go to help fight Alzheimer’s Disease.
Thanks for checking in, cousin. And welcome to the family.

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