AJ Jacobs Junior

AJ Jacobs Junior

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AJ S. Jacobs Junior
Born 1960s.
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Son of [private father (1940s - unknown)] and [private mother (1940s - unknown)]
Brother of [private sister (1960s - unknown)]
[children unknown]
Account confirmed 31 Dec 2014 | AJ's 2140 contributions | 57 thank-yous received
Profile last modified | Created 10 Dec 2013
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Hello all!

I'm a writer of several non-fiction books (including 'The Year of Living Biblically' and 'Drop Dead Healthy.' My current book, It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree is about genealogy and tracing my roots. And for the finale of the book, I threw one of the largest family reunions in history.

Since we're all cousins, all seven billion members of the human family were welcome. Those who had a confirmed link to me received a special bracelet and were part of the record-breaking family photo.

It was exciting to use collaborative genealogy and WikiTree as part of this project. I had so many great volunteers working on my tree -- so thank you for that.

For more information on me and the start my project, here is a New York Times article I wrote when I first started this journey... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/opinion/sunday/are-you-my-cousin.html

And here's a link to my website page about it



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  • AJ Jacobs: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 111 markers, haplogroup J-PF5456, FTDNA kit #331523
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On 16 Jan 2018 at 17:06 GMT Anonymous Clark wrote:

Hi AJ just found out S.V. Clark 32 degrees connection to you

On 13 Dec 2017 at 18:39 GMT Jamie (Davis) Thompson wrote:

Aj, I only recently found out from my DNA, that I have European Jew in me! Sort of fun to see the connection to Aaron Copland! Thanks,


On 5 Dec 2017 at 07:17 GMT Charles Onstott wrote:

AJ Jacobs is 21 Degrees from Charles Onstott

On 22 Nov 2017 at 02:45 GMT Cynthia (Wilfong) Mangiafico wrote:

AJ Jacobs is 25 Degrees from Cynthia Mangiafico

On 9 Nov 2017 at 01:58 GMT Jane (Tobin) Eblen Mrs wrote:

Hi AJ I believe I may be distantly related through the Sparkman Jacobs line. Mabel Emilia Hawson is my grandmother Florence Coralie Hawson's sister. Mabel married George Kenneth Sparkman Jacobs who had Geraldine. Florence married William Michael Barry and their issue was: Patricia Mary Barry (my mother) who married Thomas Patrick Tobin; Jack "Jinx" Barry and Shirley Barry.

The Hawsons date back to 1761, The Tobins date back to the early 1800's; We named our daughter Andrea Jane Eblen and throughout her basketball career she was known as AJ. Cheers Jane Eblen

On 7 Nov 2017 at 08:46 GMT Robynne (Thompson) Lozier wrote:

Well your Reunion book was released today - 7 Nov 2017.

But what I have read so far, is great. Mind you I am only up to chapter 12 so far.

Good luck with whatever the next book you have planned, and the adventures for that.

On 20 Mar 2017 at 16:43 GMT Lucy (Kelleher) Lavelle wrote:

Happy Birthday Cousin!

On 1 Aug 2016 at 15:38 GMT Marje Shedlosky wrote:

We are related but I'd like to see a result via 23&me or Gedmatch.com..possibility of this? Your program is a BLESSING! Linked me to my Grandma's side just by a Wikitree profile update! Huge THANK YOU

On 31 Jul 2016 at 20:00 GMT Shan (Ward) Dawson wrote:

Hi =) I believe my husband might be related to you distantly. He is Martin R Dawson on here. shows he is 25th from you. thanks Shanan

On 9 Feb 2016 at 21:00 GMT Norman Sykes wrote:

AJ Jacobs is 25 Degrees from Norman Sykes

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Queen Victoria AJ is 25 degrees from Robin Helstrom, 25 degrees from Katy Jurado and 15 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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