It’s All Relative

It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree by A. J. Jacobs

The humorous author of Drop Dead Healthy, The Know-It-All, and The Year of Living Biblically gets interested in genealogy and plans a Global Family Reunion. Jacobs gets an email from a man who says that Jacobs is his wife’s eighth cousin, and he’s off to explore his family tree. There are anecdotes about his ancestors, conversations with his skeptical brother-in-law, and some useful genealogy advice. We are all distantly related to celebrities, and to criminals. DNA testing may turn up some startling information but isn’t comprehensive and may have inaccuracies, along with privacy concerns. Jacobs’ report says that he’s a little bit Scandinavian, not 100% Jewish. Not an event planner, the Global Family Reunion in Queens is challenging to plan. There are several branch parties or satellite reunions planned in several countries, as well. Jacobs gets to meet Donny Osmond and George H.W. and Barbara Bush, and takes his twin sons to a Twins Days Festival. I especially enjoyed the anecdotes about his grandparents and other ancestors, as well as the humor. Want to learn more? Come to the library on Sunday, December 3 at 2 pm to learn about DNA Genealogy Testing: Facts vs. Fiction.



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