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Many peo­ple are in­ter­ested in ge­neal­ogy, and North Amer­i­cans in par­tic­u­lar seem fas­ci­nated — if not ob­sessed — with in­ves­ti­gat­ing their an­ces­try. Where did their an­ces­tors come from? And how did they ar­rive in the New World?

In Novem­ber, pas­sen­gers will be given the chance to cross the At­lantic from Southamp­ton to New York City on the Cu­nard cruise line’s lux­ury liner the Queen Mary 2. Trav­el­ling with them on the spe­cially named “A Jour­ney of Ge­neal­ogy” cruise will be four ge­neal­o­gists from An­ces­try.com, the world’s largest for-profit ge­neal­ogy com­pany.

“We think this is go­ing to be one of our more pop­u­lar ex­pe­ri­ences,” says Josh Lei­bowitz, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of Cu­nard North Amer­ica. “It’s so per­sonal, and so mean­ing­ful for so many peo­ple. It was a nat­u­ral fit for us,” Lei­bowitz told The Globe and Mail of the seven-day cruise, whose prices start at €1,640 per per­son.

Jon Lam­bert, di­rec­tor of client re­la­tions for An­ces­try.com, says the com­pany will not only be help­ing pas­sen­gers flesh out their fam­ily trees, but will also pro­vide ex­tra ser­vices for se­lected cus­tomers.

“We’ll se­lect six crew mem­bers and six ac­tual trav­ellers and, prior to the cruise, we’ll have all of them do DNA tests and sub­mit a bit of back­ground in­for­ma­tion about their fam­ily his­tory,” Lam­bert says. “We’ll do some re­search and each day we’ll do a re­veal; we al­ways find some­thing in­ter­est­ing.”

an­ces­tor [(Äns­este] Vor­fahr(in)

an­ces­try [(Äns­es­tri] Ab­stam­mung

cruise line [(kru:z lain] Kreuz­fahrt­ge­sellschaft

fam­ily tree [)fämli (tri:] Stamm­baum

flesh sth. out [)fles (aut] etw. ausar­beiten

ge­neal­ogy [)dzi:ni(äledzi] Ah­nen­forschung

nat­u­ral fit: be a ~ for sb. [)näts&rel (fit] per­fekt zu jmdm. passen

prior to [(praie tu] vor

re­veal [ri(vi:&l] En­thül­lung

se­nior vice pres­i­dent [)si:nie )vais (prezi­dent] etwa: lei­t­ende(r) Direk­tor(in)

sub­mit sth. [seb(mit] etw. liefern

Ar­rival in the New World: what Amer­ica’s an­ces­tors saw

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