Relation to famous people

Started by Private User on Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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Private User
5/1/2012 at 6:44 PM

I've found quite a few famous people I'm related to, what about you guys, anyone famous?

Thomas Jefferson - 3rd cousin, 8 times removed
George Washington - 3rd cousin 9 times removed
King Edward IV of England - 15th great grandfather
King Charles VI aka Charles the Mad 18th great grandfather
William Jefferson Clinton - 8th cousin
George Bush - 8th cousin
Richard Gere - 8th Cousin
Tom Cruise - 9th cousin
Rockefeller Family - 8th or 9th cousins
Robert E. Lee family of Virginia - direct connections
Duke family of Duke University - direct connections

5/1/2012 at 7:24 PM

How did you find out? Once, I found out I was related to Judy Garland (Gum) , but now can't for the life of me figure out where I found the link.

5/2/2012 at 5:57 AM

Hi, Stacey ... when you go to that person's profile, it will either show you your relationship -- or ask you the question. Click on the question, and Geni will go searching for a path between you and that person's profile.

The key is that you have to find that person's profile.

Most of the "famous people" have been designated as "Master Profiles" (they will have an MP icon by the name). If you find a famous person without an MP designation, you might need to check for more similar names because there are sometimes duplicates which haven't been "merged" (connected) into the "Big Tree" -- or they might just be a different person with the same name.

Private User
5/2/2012 at 6:39 AM

Dan, - finding a relationship path is a Pro option, but now and then Geni a post a message about your path to famous people.

Geni does also store a list over pats you have viewed here:

5/2/2012 at 8:24 AM

One other thing (which I just confirmed in my connection to "Calamity Jane") ... even if Geni's search doesn't find a path directly, it might still exist -- and that can (at times) be because once a search is attempted, Geni does not immediately "refresh" the search if other connections are made later.

For instance, I was not initially connected to Calamity Jane; Geni's search did not find a path.

In looking at her ancestors, I realized that a few 'greats' back there there some duplicate profiles which had not be merged. And, it turns out I *did* have connections to some of those "matching" profiles. So, after asking the managers of those profiles, they all got 'connected' together.

But Geni still would not find me as connected to Calamity. So, what I did was "walk down" from an ancestor which Geni *did* know the path to me. When I got back down to Calamity's profile from those ancestors, then Geni happily reports that she is my 17th cousin 6 times removed.

5/2/2012 at 9:42 AM

That's helped me, thanks! Calamity Jane is your 14th cousin four times removed. Calamity Jane. It looks like she has at least one ancestor in the American Revolutionary War.

5/2/2012 at 9:44 AM

Here is my web page - of 40+ Famous Relatives:

Dan Cornett is right - many time you have to find a Profile - that has the Path - and go through Each of the Ancestors or descendants to get to the Famous profile.

Sometimes you have to - Exchange a Path(s) - with other Geni users - and work your way through the Profiles - to the famous one.

This can only be accomplished via Public profiles - so it may Stop at your last Public profile (grandparents, etc.)

5/2/2012 at 10:47 AM

Thanks for contributing so many absolutely marvelous gems of information! I'm first going to make everyone in my tree public, then I'm going to go from there, working on the paths. I actually had no idea Geni was able to do so many things. Wow.

5/2/2012 at 11:41 AM

Stacey Shannon Mayer ... please do NOT make any living persons public without their permission!

It is also prudent to not make any person public who still has living siblings.

Some also do not like deceased parents as public because of the potential for identity theft.

Personally, I use a "saved" Geni search for "deceased, private, born before 1930" of the profiles I manage to quickly decide if I want to make them public or not. That list is also nice in that one can change from private to public (or back) with a single click. Check out the "List" option under the "Family" word at the top of the Geni window if you haven't done so yet. (The other saved search I use often is for "public, living" to make them private as appropriate!)

5/2/2012 at 11:48 AM

Peter: The way I quickly found my way "back down" to Calamity was to start with her profile, then switch to view the "horizontal tree" (direct ancestors only). That made it rather easy (from another window / tab) to find an ancestor I was "connected-to", then "walk down" without any guessing as to which descendant to click on next.

5/2/2012 at 12:08 PM

Dan, sounds good - I will have to try the "ancestors only tree".
Trick is - finding the "common relative" name if you're Not aware of it - between you - and the Path of the Famous person.
Sometimes I get Collaboration, Family group invites - just because my Famous Relatives web page. Since it took some doing - sometimes I ask the requester - to share Path(s) of his/her Famous Relatives - making it a win-win :)

Private User
5/3/2012 at 11:54 AM

Here are a few more presidential connections:

Andrew Johnson - third cousin five times removed
Lyndon B. Johnson - 6th cousin thrice removed

5/3/2012 at 12:00 PM

Mathew - could you provide us - with the Geni "shared path" links - for the famous profiles ?

5/3/2012 at 12:27 PM

One of my favorite because I am related to him and to his Welsh son-in-law (read There be Dragons): John I "Lackland", King of England is my 20th ggf

5/3/2012 at 12:37 PM

Hi Hatte - thanks,

1) Bush, Washimgton I already have on my web page
2) Jefferson I cant' create the path unfortunately - as your mother and her father A. Williams are private profiles - thus it's not possible to geni the path
3) John Lackland appears to be 56 cousin 29x removed:

5/3/2012 at 1:06 PM

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the USA is my 7th cousin twice removed. He and I are both direct descendants of Humphrey Johnson, son of Captain John Johnson a founder of Roxbury, MA.

5/3/2012 at 1:11 PM

Henry VIII, King of England is my 1st cousin 14 times removed through the Woodville (Wydeville) family.

5/3/2012 at 1:16 PM

Hatte & Matthew,

Hatte Roosevelt also has 2 private profiles - your mother and her mother.
Any private profiles - prevent going from 1 profile to the other - showing Geni the Path to build.

Matthew - you have 5 private profiles above you

5/3/2012 at 1:27 PM


Henry VIII gives me the path immediately - does not hve to be created (my 25th cousin 24 times removed)

5/3/2012 at 1:45 PM

Monique - the information is only good - with a Shared Path link - bottom of page right - cretaes a new web page and that link needs to be shared. The profile link to the famous person - they get get from the "shared page"link.

Most are also on my web page

5/3/2012 at 2:28 PM

Well, you find out that you're related to LOTS of famous people, but Teddy Roosevelt is my 12th cousin once removed, and my MOST favorite president! ;)

5/3/2012 at 10:11 PM

Ok Peter.
Thank you for the information.

5/3/2012 at 10:31 PM

Anne Frank, הי"ד is Monique Köhler's great aunt's first cousin's husband's second great aunt's husband's nephew's wife's nephew's wife's second cousin's wife's husband's daughter

5/3/2012 at 10:33 PM

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the USA is Monique Köhler's great aunt's uncle's wife's brother's wife's brother's wife's second cousin once removed's husband's nephew's wife's brother

5/3/2012 at 10:36 PM

Johanette Straus(Lazarus) is Monique Köhler's great aunt's uncle's wife's sister's husband's first cousin twice removed's wife's second cousin's husband's brother's wife's grandfather's wife's ex-husband's mother

5/3/2012 at 10:44 PM

Dr. Stefan Zweig is Monique Köhler's great aunt's first cousin once removed's wife's brother's wife's great nephew's wife's mother's ex-husband

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