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Who would you want to be related to?
Habtom




msg:3611944
 5:33 am on Mar 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

Well, I read this article where they mentioned many famous people related to one another.

I don't know what good it does, but if you visit one, who would you want to be related to?

 

King_Fisher




msg:3611954
 6:10 am on Mar 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

Currently? Bill Gates

In the past? Andrew Jackson...KF

Or maybe one of those rich guys from Dubai, (Like Habtom):o)

Marcia




msg:3611958
 6:21 am on Mar 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

I real the article about distant ancestors, it was about some political figures currently in the running. Very interesting!

My daughter actually did ours, from her paternal side and from both sides of my lineage, but only going back 3-4 generations. Going by the geographic origins of my ancestry (other than the ones possibly from the Balkans) the most famous notables I could possibly be remotely related to would be Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx. I wouldn't want to know. ;)

I'd want to be related to someone either in politics or the arts.

LifeinAsia




msg:3612352
 4:09 pm on Mar 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'm with KF- it's often good to have rich relatives. :)

HelenDev




msg:3612368
 4:23 pm on Mar 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

I read the article too, it was very interesting :)

Some people in my family who've done the geneaology thing reckon we're distant relatives of Guy Fawkes, which is pretty cool.

Hawkgirl




msg:3612502
 6:08 pm on Mar 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

Oh, there's no guarantee that you'd get anything from rich relatives. Crazy old Uncle Howard never gave me a dime.

I do know that on my father's side, we're related to one of the instigators of the Boston Tea Party. There's a large, rather unflattering painting of him at a museum in Boston. I talked to the curator and he was so excited to meet a relative of the guy. It was a really strange experience!

Habtom




msg:3612511
 6:17 pm on Mar 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

KF, hehe that is great.

ambellina




msg:3614157
 2:02 pm on Mar 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Someone on my mother's side of the family was part of Robert Peary's expedition to the north pole. From what I've read on the internet, he was, er, a mean dude, would be the nice way to say it.

And according to my father, we're related to Capt. James Cook, as in the Cook Islands. But dad has a habit of lying, so I don't fully believe that one. There are no other Cooks that I know of in the family tree, so he's probably fibbing.

Hawkgirl




msg:3614191
 3:26 pm on Mar 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

dad has a habit of lying

My Dad grew up in upstate New York, in Onondoga territory. For the first ten years of my life I really believed him when he told me he used to be an Indian named "Running Bear." (We didn't use the term Native American back then ... and he said it as though he meant "Running Bare.") I think dads are supposed to fib about things like that.

robel




msg:3614376
 9:16 pm on Mar 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hmmmm.............!

I think .. to ..Barak Obama!

topr8




msg:3614390
 9:43 pm on Mar 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

have you ever read the stats on how many kids are not actually genetically related to the (assumed) fathers!

kinda screws the whole family tree thing.

treeline




msg:3614394
 10:18 pm on Mar 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Mostly I hope I'm related to my mom & dad!

lawman




msg:3614399
 10:32 pm on Mar 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

I was born in Methodist Hospital so I could be close to my mother.

Essex_boy




msg:3614584
 8:34 am on Mar 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

I did mine while at Uni it was surprising how many people were related to one man in the 1850's, it was a bit weird talking to them on the phone. Anyway Big ears run in our family and (not me) seem to skip a generation, this would appear to go right back... Which is amusing, any how I can go right back to 1650's on my mothers side from a French refugee fleeing persecution.

The creepy thing is one relative was the Bursar of Magdalene College, Cambridge, in the 1870's. At the time I was reasearching the tree id only just gone there for the first time about a week prior. Weirdly I felt like I was in familar surroundings, which was a strange thing considering. When I found out about the connection to my family a shudder went down my spine.

[edited by: Essex_boy at 8:36 am (utc) on Mar. 30, 2008]

simey




msg:3614586
 8:39 am on Mar 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

Everybody is related to ..........................um everybody. If you go back far enough.

rj87uk




msg:3614953
 10:26 pm on Mar 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

I don't know why but I have never been interested in finding out past relations? Maybe im just weird.

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