Thursday, September 4, 2014

GLOBAL FAMILY REUNION SEEKS GENEALOGISTS TO “CONNECT FOR THE CURE”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2014
Contact: Eowyn Langholf, gfrcousincoordinator@gmail.com

GLOBAL FAMILY REUNION SEEKS GENEALOGISTS TO “CONNECT FOR THE CURE”

The Global Family Reunion in June 2015 is expected to be the biggest, most inclusive celebration of family connections in history. It’s also more than that: It’s about fighting Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s about connecting to find a cure!


In honor of World Alzheimer’s Month, September, the Global Family Reunion is “going purple” by announcing a special Connect for the Cure initiative for genealogists.

We invite all genealogy researchers, from beginners to professionals, to help us find as many new connections to reunion organizer A.J. Jacobs and the Global Family as possible.

Thanks to press exposure in the New York Times, NPR and Good Morning America, thousands of people have contacted A.J. saying that they plan to attend to the Global Family Reunion. Many of them have not yet been able to find a connection to A.J. through the global family trees on WikiTree and Geni. It’s these people who need your help!

For every person you can connect, A.J. will donate $1 to fighting Alzheimer’s, up to a total of $10,000. (We have partnered with the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and the Alzheimer’s Association).

Plus, earn five or more points and you are eligible for a prize!
·      5 points: Global Family Reunion bumper sticker.
·      10 points: “I Am A Cousin” feature on Global Family Reunion blog.
·      25 points: Skype/Google+ Chat with A.J. and the GFR team and formal thank-you at the Reunion
·      50 points: Autographed copy of one of A.J.’s books.
·      100 points: Personal acknowledgement in A.J.’s next book.
·      150 points: Global Family Reunion t-shirt.

Finally, there will be one very special surprise for the genealogist who earns the most points..

All connections must be made by May 1. To participate, contact our Chief Cousin Coordinator, Eowyn Langholf, at gfrcousincoordinator@gmail.com.

About the Global Family Reunion
WHAT: The largest, most inclusive, most entertaining family reunion in history. There will be TED-style talks about genealogy, DNA and amazing family tales. There will be music, comedy, games, exhibits, food, booths and the world’s biggest family photo. It will also be the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.
WHEN: June 6, 2015 (all day long)
WHERE: The New York Hall of Science, on the grounds of the historic World’s Fair. Satellite events across the world, and live-streamed access from your computer.
For more details see Global Family Reunion at a Glance.