November 27, 2014

AJ Jacobs and Carol Wilkerson have 27 degrees of separation: Global Family Tree

AJ Jacobs - Carol Yates Wilkerson

There might be some connection in a sideways sort of way, but I think it’s pretty exciting that A J Jacobs and I are only 27 degrees apart by generations. Here’s graphic of my results:

AJ Jacobs - Carol Yates Wilkerson Would  you like to see if you are related to me or AJ? Click here to find out on WikiTree

Please join our family at Global Family Reunion to learn more.

Jacobs became fascinated with the idea that every person on Earth is related to every other after entering his name in several geneaology websites and finding he was connected to people all over the globe. “Once we realize we’re all related,” he says, “we can solve the big problems, like Alzheimer’s”. He is using the event to collect donations, which will be distributed to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and the Alzheimer’s Association NYC Chapter. – See more at: http://www.curealz.org/events/2014/05/global-family-reunion#sthash.NtDNsuy3.dpuf

Surprising Uses For Custom Printed Posters


Many people never think they’re going to need a poster until they are faced with a time crunch and suddenly they needed one “yesterday”. I suppose you would ask yourself just how many uses are there for a poster anyway, right? Here are some suggestions you might never have considered.

• Mom or Dad’s military ship is coming home from a long deployment. You haven’t seen them in at least six months, but hell or high water, you are going to be there on the dock when that ship comes into port. By making up your own design your sign welcoming them home will be one of those that stand out in the crowd.

• Artists love custom posters of their artwork. It’s much more affordable and the orders are quickly filled, so it makes it cost effective to distribute their creations once they received them from the printer. Do you have a special photo or personal creation you would love to have on a custom poster printing? Remember, there is always the opportunity to add custom poster frames to a custom poster too.

• Sports teams use the posters in several different ways. One way has been to take a photo of the team, add a calendar of their schedule and that makes sure the fans are well aware of the dates, times and locations of the next big game.

• Those in interior design love using their client’s family photos to add to a feature wall so the faces of children or special pets pop out when they do the “big reveal”. We’re sure you’ve seen home improvement programs where the clients are brought into the home and not only is there a big makeover of the house interior, but there’s a big custom poster printing of their child’s baby picture smiling back at them.

• Here’s another idea that might appeal to the men in your life: make a poster of their favorite dream car, motorcycle or any other sporting equipment they find interesting, blow it up and hang it on the wall in the garage or man room.

• Because you can order many different sizes of custom posters why not use them as door prizes, or have one printed for your next family reunion with the family tree so everyone can find their place and see just how they’re related? This article has really got your creative juices revving, hasn’t it? You are invited to visit the site and see products here today.

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Family Gathering Award Ideas

It’s Time To Plan That Family Reunion!

When we were in Germany, there were a lot of organized gatherings for the airmen and their families. At the end of the night, awards were given to a select few who fit the criteria for recognition. Like, who had the least amount of time to go before heading back to the States; or who was the newest wife to come be with her husband, etc.. Here are some ideas I found in the book Family Reunion Handbook: A Complete Guide for Reunion Planners (Family Reunion Handbook) by Tom Ninkovich that you might want to use at your next family reunion:

  • Who traveled the farthest?
  • Who has the most children?
  • Who is the youngest grandparent?
  • Who has the most descendants present?
  • Who has the most grandchildren?
  • Who has attended the most reunions?
  • Who arrived first/last?
  • Who is the youngest/oldest present?
  • Who has the longest/biggest hair?
  • Who has the least hair?
  • Who came in the oldest car?
  • Who has the largest purse?
  • Who has the longest fingernails?
  • Who is the tallest person there?
  • Who has the biggest feet?
  • Who has been married the longest?
  • Who recently got married?
  • Who has the whitest hair?
  • Which kid has the most teeth missing?

For more modern times, you might give an award for the funniest email address, or for the person who came with the most gadgets. In doing the award for the email address, you will certainly be able to collect a few addresses that you might not have already had, or you can update them since people sometimes change them frequently.

If everyone has brought a side dish, perhaps you can give an award for the most creative, best dessert, etc. You might consider giving homemade jams or jellies as prizes. Who wouldn’t like that? :)




Create A Family Tree In Power Point: Is It Worth It?

I am not real familiar with making presentations in Power Point. Do you think this would actually be beneficial to someone for a family reunion, or any kind of genealogical gathering?

For those of you who are creative in a different direction, such as digital scrapbooking, Jasia at Creative Gene has done a guest post on Shades of the Departed about that very topic. It is very detailed and I think that might be a little more up my alley. Read Digital Scrapbooking for Genealogists. It’s a great article and I give it two thumbs up!

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