Global Family Reunion Info

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?

Aj Jacobs Global Family Reunion tweet

Read why you should care that I’m related to AJ.

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.

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