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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.
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!
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.
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.
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]