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What famous people could possibly be your relatives?

Posted by quotes on April 2, 2007

What famous people could possibly be your relatives?

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

By Monica Haynes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Could John F. Kennedy be your 10th cousin, 10 times removed?

Is Judy Garland in your family tree?

Bob Hope?

Booker T. Washington?

Well, they are all in mine, according to a new Ancestry.com feature that allows those with family trees on the site to find famous relatives.

Wanna know who else shakes down out of the Haynes family tree?

Mamie Eisenhower. She’s an eighth cousin, three times removed.

How do I connect to Elizabeth Barrett Browning? Let me count the ways.

She’s a ninth cousin, nine times removed.

But there’s no removal between Mr. Hope and me. We’re 13th cousins.

“Once you go back several hundred years in America, there’s a good chance you’re going to have some famous people in your family,” said Megan Smolenyak, the chief family historian for Ancestry.com.

Basically, what Ancestry.com does is look at the people in its family tree database and determine where there’s a common link.

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