Project: Global Family Reunion

Categories: Global Family Reunion Project

The mission of Global Family Reunion project on WikiTree is to help make as many family connections as possible for the Global Family Reunion being planned for June 6, 2015, and, as a bonus in doing so, further the core WikiTree goal of one world tree, where everyone is connected.

The reunion is being organized by author AJ Jacobs. His New York Times op-ed "Are You My Cousin?" launched the idea for this project and discusses his plans.


How to Join global_reunion.gif

See badge page for the full list of members.

  • Send a message to Abby Glann, the Project Co-Leader, so she can add the badge to your profile. You do not need to be a part of the Project here on WikiTree to go to AJ's Reunion on June 6, 2015, but we sure appreciate your help!
  • Add the global_reunion tag to your G2G feed for updates on what we need help with and updates about our progress .
  • Either work on making your own connection to AJ or choose an item to work on from our To-Do list below


  • Our number one goal is to have everyone on WikiTree connected to the Global Family Reunion. That is A LOT of profiles. Luckily, all you need is one connection to connect a whole family line. We are currently at 65%. Chris created a list of unconnected profiles for us to use to connect the rest. It is here: Unconnected Profiles
  • Include correct parents, spouse, and children, or mark the profile as having no children or spouse so that work can continue elsewhere.
  • Use appropriate categories listed in Biography.

To-Do List

We have over a thousand people who want to be AJ's cousin. We are trying to slowly get them connected to him but we really need your help.

This is our list of to-dos; these folks need connected to AJ, or are connected but have a lot of potential for making more connections if we extend their tree some; or we just need you to help input research that has already happened (data entry). Click on the G2G link for details on the task.

For to-dos related to our Notables Project, see the Notables Project page

For what our members are currently working on, , see the badge activity feed.

If you have questions, just ask!!

Researching For Task on G2G, follow the link for details on making the connection, to volunteer to help, and to see progress
Work on the list of Unconnected Trees
Work on the list of Unconnected Individuals
Erika LockeGeorge and Christine Debus
Helen RatzlowRose Kuster Family Tree
Margaret NortonNorton Allen Family Tree
Gwendolyn KellyKelly Squire Family Tree
Meghan FitzsimmonsFitzsimmons Barry family Tree
Christopher AhearnAhearn O'Rourke Family Tree
Catherine PeacockPeacock Evans family tree
Daniel RobertsRoberts Cance Family Tree
Tiffany WalkerWalker Baggett Family Tree
Kathy MalatestaBetty Micola and Robert Ryan
Tori GriffinGaines-728 and Griffin-4432
Josh RafkaResearching the Rafka Family Line and connecting it to AJ
Christine EcclesHelp Us Connect Christine to Our Global Tree
Jean Fraser SpaderFill out Jean Spader's tree
Andrea Crosta di MoncalvoSomeone Familiar with Italian Research to Help Connect Andrea's Family
Desmond TitheringtonTitherington Family Needs A Hand
Hugh Morgenbessernot yet
Jon Friedmannot yet
Alice Golombnot yet
Amelia Klinenot yet
Amjad Mustafanot yet
Clif Hoogterpnot yet
Elizabeth Horowitznot yet
Jesse Rifkinnot yet
Joanne Petersonnot yet
Kimberly Van Rynnot yet
Elizabeth Sametnot yet
Maurice Strasfeldnot yet
Celine Papillonnot yet
Robyn Brewernot yet
Mindy Kornhabernot yet
Paige Thombsnot yet
Manoli WetherellHas fantastic family tree-just needs entered and research done to branch out. No names on WikiTree beyond those Abby has added
Regis Giampersa connected to AJ
Victoria Oltarshnot yet
Shannon BarrNow Connected
Caroline MTnot yet
Anthony Randazzonot yet
Rachel Salvonot yet
Crystal Lewandowskinot yet
Ryan Lewandowskinot yet
Lisa Wallisconnected
Christine Finebergnot yet
Evelyn Raphael Flugconnected to AJ; needs more tree added
Ivonne de Lepervanche Aybarconnected AJ;needs more tree added
Harry Sterlingconnected to AJ; needs more tree added
Frank Balabanconnected to AJ; needs more tree added
Tom Lodgeconnected to AJ; needs more tree added
Lynn Michaels Nirenbergconnected to AJ needs more tree added
Walter Nirenbergconnected to AJ, needs more tree added
David Scottconnected to AJ; needs more tree added

Guide for Research

  • Keep all profiles as either Open - so anyone can jump in and help - or if the person is still alive (or might be) Private with Public Biography and Tree, so it can be easily referenced for others working on the same tree.
  • You can use this template, {{Global Family Reunion|steps=10}} to show that a profile is part of the GFR and has been connected to AJ. It isn't a necessity, but helps others see who is and is not connected. Some folks post it on their bulletin board instead of their profile to keep it from being cluttered, too. If you aren't connected yet and want help, let Abby know so we can get you on our to-do list. We want everyone connected!
  • If you come across fantastic profiles we can feature (and make sure you have the template with the steps to AJ on them!) in the Profile of the Week or submit to the This Day in History/WikiPick of the Day feature on the blog, put them under the appropriate heading on this page.
  • When you come across profiles that are part of what links one person to AJ on WikiTree, you can post this blanket statement on the profile bulletin board to invite them to check out our project, as well as AJ's reunion:
This profile happens to be connected to the WikiTree Global Family Tree, which also connects to AJ Jacobs. For more information on the Global Family Reunion, an event AJ is hosting June 6, 2015 for the entire world to show how we're all connected, see the Global Family Reunion project page. Be sure to invite your family and friends, too!
The Global Family Reunion Project


  • Rescued Memories has lost family photos and includes everything written about the photo with it. It may provide links in your search for connections.
  • WikiTree Tops has top facts about the Global Family Reunion found in WikiTree.
  • [1] Jacobs One Name Study

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