Some family associations do a great job of documenting all the descendants of a particular ancestor. A Jewish family whose history can be traced back more than 450 years celebrated the birth of its 50,000th member in Jerusalem on Monday at a special family event.
The Rivlin family consists of 22 documented generations and has researched its roots back to Vienna in 1550.
The newest family addition, Michael Ben-Shimhon, who was born in Jerusalem on February 16, joins some 35,000 of his ancestors residing (currently or previously) in Israel. Michael and his parents will be presented with a scroll documenting his historic birth. The family will also officially activate its application to the Guinness World Records, hoping to set the record for the world's largest tribe.
You can read more in the Jerusalem Post at: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1237727519032&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull.
The Rivlin Family website can be found at http://www.rivlinfamily.com.