Global Family Reunion: A Recap


We had a great time at the Global Family Reunion last week!

The MyHeritage and Geni teams

Hosted by best-selling author A.J. Jacobs, this epic event brought thousands of “cousins” from around the world to the New York Hall of Science for a family fun day of activities, while raising money to benefit Alzheimer’s research.

The MyHeritage and Geni tent

The MyHeritage and Geni teams had a special tent to let people explore their family history.

MyHeritage in action
Geni in action
Geni in action

Even those from the NY Police Department came to explore their heritage.

NYPD officer exploring her family history

We had a children’s corner where these budding family historians in the making could draw their own family tree.

Children's corner at the tent

Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley also joined the fun by helping others find their celebrity relatives.

Elvis and Marilyn

AJ Jacobs snapped a photo with his famous cousin Marilyn.

Host AJ Jacobs with cousin Marilyn

The event had a full line up of entertainment and speakers, with one of the highlights being Sister Sledge performing “We are Family.”

Sister Sledge performing on stage
MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet gave a presentation about genealogy discoveries he’d been involved with including the  Secret of Erikoussa and returning looted art to its rightful heirs.
MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet speaking at Global Family Reunion

It was exciting to be part of an event that broke the world record for most family reunions happening simultaneously around the world! It was important to document this large reunion, so all the “cousins” came together for one big family photo.

The Family Reunion Photo (Courtesy of Global Family Reunion)

Are you planning a family reunion this year? Check out some of our tips for getting started and share your family reunion experiences in the comments below.

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