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It’s All Relative A.J. Jacobs
A.J. Jacobs is a fellow with no end of curiosity and a love of an all encompassing project. He was ready for another undertaking when an unexpected email from a distant relative set him on a path to connect with his relatives scattered around the world and invite them to a record breaking reunion. Deciding on this new project was easy, the hard part would be learning how to research and find all the cousins.
It’s All Relative follows Jacobs over the course of a year as he learns about family research methods while also working out the logistics of setting up a reunion for what he hopes will be thousands. Overwhelmed is a word he uses frequently but he was determined to connect as many relatives as possible to the World Family Tree project.
Jacob’s light-hearted, self-deprecating style makes for an interesting non-technical overview of many of the current research techniques and debates within the genealogy world. Whether you’re already doing family research or thinking about getting started this entertaining book highlights all the reasons why genealogy is so addictive!
— From Sharon's Picks
“For anyone interested in climbing their own family tree, A.J. Jacobs' It's All Relative offers a lighthearted crash course into the addictive world of genealogy. Inspired by the record-breaking get-togethers of the Lilly clan and heartened by the theory that we're all related, Jacobs embarks on a quest to hold the world's largest family reunion. As Jacobs juggles the mechanics of such a massive undertaking, he interviews well-known researchers in the field, discovers famous 'cousins,' and considers some of the ethical issues of diving into an ancestor's past. An enjoyable introduction to genealogy and the living family tree.”
— Molly Gillespie, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH