Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I have quite the interest in ancestry that I don't think I have ever blogged about. For some reason, when B. is away, I get in the mood to do research. I spent hour after hour last summer doing research on Ancestry dot com--B. was gone for 2 months last summer with the military. I have spent many hours the past two days working again. Ancestry has a new feature that will tell you what famous people you are related to. THAT has been the funnest thing. You wouldn't believe the celebrity in my family line--I'm not talking actors--I'm talking about people like

Teddy Roosevelt

Eli Whitney
Florence Nightingale
...and my personal favorite cousins:
Jane Austen (author of the beloved Pride and Prejudice)
Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)
Now, here are a couple of my "black sheep" relatives:
Frank and Jesse James
Butch Cassidy

And my kids very favorite cousin of all:

Walt Disney

Of course, Ancestry is very careful to say that they aren't promising you are related to these people, but according to their records--it could be true. In a way it's not completely believable--You wouldn't believe the number of people we are related to when you take into account both sides of our family. There were many, many more. Wow--it's fun to think about anyway! Aren't you proud you know me?

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At May 29, 2007 10:30 PM, Blogger Sonya said...

You go girl! There are some good ones in there!

At May 30, 2007 1:36 AM, Blogger Karen said...

That is very cool. I also had Walt Disney show up in mine, as well as Mark Twain, Gregory Peck, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Norman Rockwell, and a few other bigwigs. Most of those are on my mom's side, but that is mostly because that's the only side that is traced back very far.

At May 30, 2007 7:02 AM, Blogger Irritable Mother said...

I have one "cool" ancestor of whom I'm aware. His name was Cecil Boyer and he was a Pinkerton agent when Abe Lincoln was the president. Apparently there was a rumor that someone was going to try to assassinate Lincoln on the way to his inauguration. So, while Lincoln's train proceeded as planned, my Uncle Cecil secretly drove him in a buggy on another route.
Not as fun as being related to Walt Disney...Oh, well!

At May 30, 2007 7:40 AM, Blogger Susan said...

My Dad is doing a lot out there...and we just played with this feature about a month ago...we laughed and laughed. Ours had Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton in it. Tooo fun.

:-) Susan

By the way, thanks for the comment on my post about DS 3 washing planes. He is so excited. He and my DH are both learning. DH has already soloed and now DS has to wait three years to do his.

At May 30, 2007 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is so neat! I will have to check it out. You are related to some great people!

At May 30, 2007 9:10 AM, Blogger annie said...

I had all these ancestry papers from matt's grandmother who recently died... matt's sister called yesterday from ireland wanting info from those papers and guess what? yep, I lost them. I have looked everywhere. ugh.

You have some interesting folks in your tree!

At May 30, 2007 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's pretty cool! Lots of neat people there in your family, LOL!

I haven't been bit by the ancestry bug yet. Maybe one day.

At May 30, 2007 11:58 AM, Blogger CoachJ said...

Well, this explains alot!! You got some good blood flowing in those veins :)

At May 30, 2007 1:17 PM, Anonymous Carrie said...

That is so cool! I went through a craze like that a few years back. I used that site, and actually found a cousin of mine who then mailed me a huuuuge notebook he had been keeping with family history. It's fascinating. I'm now going to have to go back to that site to see what famous people I'm related to LOL

Hope you're having a good day!
God bless :)

At May 30, 2007 1:20 PM, Blogger Corrie said...

That is very fun! Too bad you can't inherit some of the disney fortune!

At May 30, 2007 2:41 PM, Anonymous jodi said...

That is really neat! Family trees and ancestory is something I want to do when the kids get a little older and I have more time (if there is such a thing!) :)

At May 30, 2007 3:27 PM, Blogger Becky said...

I'm jealous! ; ) Very cool relatives. I'm a big fan of Teddy Roosevelt!

Thanks for the homeschooling encouragement. I'm always surprised by all the things we have in common. Glad to know the potatoe cannon is worth trying. : )

At May 30, 2007 5:20 PM, Blogger gail said...

That looks like fun!

At May 30, 2007 7:38 PM, Blogger Military Mommy said...

I am so glad I know you! You are practically a celebrity! ; )

I hope Walt leaves you some of his fortune. :) Or at least a lifetime pass to Disney.

At May 31, 2007 11:08 AM, Anonymous Carrie said...

You do not realize what you've done LOL
I spent most of yesterday afternoon at ancestry.com and found some very interesting things! It totally sucked me in! Yikes! It was fun, though :)

God bless :)

At May 31, 2007 8:53 PM, Blogger Sherri said...

I found out that we are related to Bonnie and Clyde...through my dad's mom. I guess we could all trace our roots back to something we would like to hide in the closet :).


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