Archive for July, 2014

Cousin Connecting Tip #2 – The Pedigree Chart

Hello again, Global Family! Last week’s tip was the best one for any family history novice-talk to your family and take lots of notes! This week we’re going to do something with all those notes. Right now things can seem like a jumble but genealogists have some great charts they use to try to keep […]

You’re Probably Related to Ryan Gosling

Buzzfeed posted this great article today about AJ and the Global Family Reunion! Cousins Ricky Gervais and George H.W. Bush make cameo appearances along with several other cousins.  Thank you Buzzfeed! Cousin Chrissy Teigen

AJ Cousin Connection of the Day: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarznegger is probably best known for his line “I’ll be back” (read that with a thick Austrian accent), for his political role as the “Governator” of the state of California and for his marriage to Maria Schriver, niece of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.  Arnold was born July 30, 1947, in Thal, Austria.   […]

Cousin Connecting Tip #1 – Start at the Very Beginning

Hello Cousins! Many of you are excited to find your connection to AJ and the rest of the world, but just do not know where to start. Well, in the brilliant words of Maria von Trapp, “We’ll start at the very beginning. A very good place to start.” The very first thing you should do […]

AJ Explains How the World is Related!

Earlier today, AJ was a guest on HuffingtonPost Live where he talked about the Global Family Reunion and the importance of genealogy.  Joining him via Google+ Hangout were Mike Mallin, CPO of MyHeritage, Jen Baldwin, professional genealogist and Outreach Manger for FindMyPast as well as creator of GeneaBloggers, author and educator, Thomas MacEntee.  If you […]

“1000 New Cousins – Now What?”

Many of you have taken a DNA test(s) through companies like 23andMe, Family Tree DNA and   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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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