Detroit Metro Global Family Reunion Branch Party

Global Family Reunion logoThe Detroit Branch Party will be on Saturday, June 6th at the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington (26165 Farmington Road in Farmington Hills),  will  have great local speakers,  live-streaming of NYC events, a family picnic,  activities, fun and food.  Here’s your personal invite! (View and RSVP via Facebook)

Come on out–bring a dish to pass, meet the cousins and help cure Alzheimer’s!  (Scroll to bottom to read more about the Global Family Reunion!)

Presenter Line-up

11:00 am Welcome from A.J. Jacobs (Live Streamed from the Global Family Reunion in NY City.)
11:15 am Satori Shakoor storyteller at global Family Reunion Satori Shakoor—the Executive Director for The Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling, as well as the creator, curator, producer and host of The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers. She is a Moth mainstage storyteller and host and hosts The Moth Story Slam in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
12:00 pm Laura Hedgecock at Global Family ReunionLaura Hedgecock—Farmington’s own, author (Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life), speaker, and family history buff continues the storytelling with a cautionary Tale of Two Grandma’s.
12:30 pm (Live Streamed) Dr. Henry Louis Gates presents “Finding Your Roots.” Who better to talk about Finding Your Roots than noted Harvard scholar, Henry Louis Gates, the host of PBS’s Finding Your Roots?
 1:00 pm Family Picture for uploading to NYC
 1:15 pm  Mark Bowden at Global Family Reunion Mark Bowden, the Coordinator for Special Collections at the Detroit Public Library shares Selected Detroit and Michigan Genealogical Resources at the Burton Historical Collection,Detroit Public Library
 2:00 pm Open Mic Story Telling –We all have our stories to tell. Catherine Smith emcees.
 2:30 pm Jill Weaver, genealogy expert and volunteer extraordinaire at the LDS Family History Resource Center in West Bloomfield talks about how to navigate to find ancestors and the resources available to all in the local Resource Center.
 3:00 pm Tom Koselka, President of the Michigan Genealogical Council shares other Michigan resources for exploring your family tree.
 3:30 pm Why we should all work towards Ending Alzheimer’s disease.  #EndAlz
 4:00 pm Sing along with Sister Sledge: We are Family!

 Are you my cousin?

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Join the 240 million of us already connected by blood or marriage (occasionally both) into one big global family tree.

Celebrate the fact that we’re all connected on Saturday, June 6th! The Global Family Reunion celebrates the connectedness of the human race. It’s an epic family history lollapalooza—the largest, most inclusive family reunion in history—all members of the human family are invited!The Global Family Reunion is a reunion, meets a party, meets a family history fair, meets an Alzheimer’s fundraiser. And since not everyone can get to New York city, there will be more than 30 satellite parties worldwide, including one for the Detroit Metro area in Farmington Hills.The coolness of the Global Family Reunion starts with RSVPing. (That’s a verb, right?) You RSVP at with your grandparents’ and great grandparents’ names and any birth and death dates you remember. Volunteer genealogists will help you figure out where you connect with the rest of the family tree.

  8 Responses to “Global Family Reunion Info”

  1. My first comers to Michigan were Eri Hubbard Day, Methodist missionary to the Miners and Indians in Houghton, Michigan. His wife, Harriet Brockway was born in Austenburg, Ashtabula County, Ohio. Eri was born in Springwater, New York which at that time was in Livingston County. Eri’s daughter-in-law’s parents were Elihu A. Simons and Mary Gray living in Cadillac, Wexford County, Michigan. Elihu’s father, Loten Simons acquired a homestead in Walker Township, near Grand Rapids in 1839. He died before he perfected his homestead. Elihu was there in the 1950 census with his family. Joseph Henderson’s daughter Helen married Ralph or Raswell Gilbert, Althany married William Baker. These and others are listed Joseph Henderson’s 1812 pension file. Joseph is buried in the Ashland Church cemetery west of Grant in Newaygo County. I have worked with a cousin who lives near that cemetery and has been posting very wonderful nature photos on line. Our connection goes back to William Simons of Enfield, Connecticut. Another cousin on the same daughtered-out line has done construction work for me. His son was in my son’s class.
    I have attendance lists from a 1910 Taylor reunion in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada; an annual Newell/Reynolds Reunion in Howard City, Montcalm County, Michigan and about a Saunders reunion in Grand Haven, Michigan about 2000. April 22 I will be going to our annual Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is the premier genealogical library in the mid west. I have many genealogy projects. I could help with other cousins there. I have worked on lineages for friends and a Civil War veterans project in Oakfield Township, Kent County, Michigan. My father was a probate attorney and share many family histories with me found in estate papers. I will post more of the information I have on Familysearch wiki. If you’d like help connecting people I would be will to help with that.

    • Claudia, I thought I replied to this. If you go to the Global Family Reunion site, there is a way to sign up to help identify cousins. I love that you have such a deep background here in Michigan. I live here, but my roots are all in Virginia. Hubby has roots in Jamestown, though.

  2. So excited to attend the Global Family Reunion with all of you in Detroit! Looking forward to meeting you!

  3. I’m interested in attending this event. How do I RSVP?

  4. […] Connect with your relatives and get to know new cousins. If you’re in the Detroit Metro Area, here’s your invite, or read more here. […]

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