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3/3/2015 at 6:15 PM

I just got an email from my People magazine editor asking if I'm related to Ludacris. I said I wasn't sure, but that if anyone could find out, it'd be you guys. Anyone interested?

3/3/2015 at 7:42 PM

this guy? here's a start point

3/3/2015 at 7:43 PM

i can't work on this tonight from my ipad but tommrow i will give it a go...
I am working on george carlin at the moment aj

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3/3/2015 at 9:43 PM

Starting him here: Unknown Profile

He's a really fascinating and smart guy.

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3/3/2015 at 10:09 PM

There's a solid SmartMatch tree on his father's side. Would someone like to take his mother's? His father's side needs inputting help and his mother's presumably needs research.

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3/3/2015 at 10:10 PM

Also, I'm trying to determine if his parents were married and, if so, did they remain married.

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3/3/2015 at 11:24 PM

@Ashley Odell, I updated the profiles from the Smart Matches. I thought I couldn't find any solid connection or gateway profiles, but perhaps I found one:

At Findagrave I found some information about the family, I believe it was quite famous in their area of interests. They were, I believe, American Jewish, therefore someone more experienced could take it from here?

This is also another smartmatch I found

I believe it's close to find a path, now.

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3/3/2015 at 11:30 PM

In this path I'm not sure why did the children of Robert and Eliza Gooch (nee Cunningham) beared the surname Wright. Maybe we can find out about that. Perhaps it's the matter of African American surnames' issue being 'flexible' decades ago?

3/4/2015 at 1:41 AM

A.J. Jacobs is Ludacris' second cousin twice removed's husband's brother's wife's brother's wife's second great nephew's wife's first cousin once removed's husband's first cousin's wife's uncle's wife's first cousin once removed's husband's uncle's wife's first cousin once removed.

We might be able to improve this by more connections in the tree of New York society columnist Unknown Profile - Ludacris' second cousin twice removed's husband's brother

3/4/2015 at 10:32 AM


You raised an interesting question about the names for

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(there is at least one tree that gives her a maiden name of Wright).

She was born 1830 or so. It is possible she and George Cunningham were not able to be legally married until later, and that would be consistent with the names given to the children based on birth order.

Or -- she had previously been married to an ?? Wright.

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3/4/2015 at 10:32 AM

Thank you so much, Unknown Profile!

I will be free to get on in about 90 minutes, at which point I plan to work down through his children and up through his children's mothers and their families.

3/4/2015 at 11:30 AM

wow you guys are faster then i thought!

3/4/2015 at 11:34 AM

no path to me yet sadly..

3/4/2015 at 12:19 PM

Michael everyone is welcome to enter profiles and expand the tree, that's the only way to build it up so paths can be found.

3/4/2015 at 12:47 PM

Unknown Profile added the profiles and I folloowed behind him with Find a Grave, Cudos Karol

Unknown Profile

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3/4/2015 at 12:59 PM

I'm glad I could help! :)
It was difficult at first, with popular surnames like Jackson, Brown, Johnson etc.
When I encountered Sobol surname though, I already thought it could be Eastern European or/and Jewish, so the path could be found. :) And the columnists of a popular newspaper is also a nice, noble profile. Some other paths could be found, I'm certain.

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3/4/2015 at 5:19 PM

Can you publish an updated path from Jacobs to Ludacris after adding the Sobol connections? I mentioned to Karol to connect the Cantor tree via Naomi to Al Jolson making Ludacris a relatively close connection to the great entertainer.

3/4/2015 at 5:21 PM

Let's see what some "tree walking" gives us ... Great find, Unknown Profile

3/4/2015 at 6:49 PM

Don't know if this will help, but A.J. Jacobs and I are connected through the Weil family, and this path shows a @Ludacris connection through that family, too...very distant though. Unknown Profile

3/5/2015 at 1:02 AM

Using Unknown Profile suggestion I walked the path thru Weil family & found a connection,

3/5/2015 at 5:09 AM

Unknown Profile,

You need to go one more step to get to Unknown Profile.


3/5/2015 at 3:30 PM

that is what happens when walking the tree at 4am.

3/5/2015 at 8:11 PM

Ludacris is my first cousin 9 times removed's wife's third great niece's husband's great granddaughter's husband's niece's husband's brother's wife's second cousin twice removed.

3/6/2015 at 5:08 AM

Brooke Shields is Ludacris' second cousin twice removed's husband's brother's wife's uncle's wife's niece's husband's first cousin once removed's wife's great aunt's husband's grandson's wife's nephew's ex-wife's ex-husband's ex-partner.
→ Wayne Brian Bridges
his father → <private> Bridges (Davis)
his mother → William Ernest Davis
her father → Maria Davis
his mother → Eliza Gooch
her sister → Christopher Wright
her son → Jessie Ruth Sobol
his daughter → Harry Sobol
her husband → Louis Sobol
his brother → Peggy Marlowe
his wife → Grace Antman
her mother → Jack Stromer
her brother → Julia Stromer
his wife → Ada Hammer
her sister → <private> Berke (Hammer)
her daughter → <private> Berke
her husband → Abraham Berkowitz
his father → Irving Berkowitz
his brother → Herbert Berke
his son → <private> Berke
his son → <private> Berke (Levine)
his wife → Joel F Levine
her father → Benny Levine
his father → Rose Hirschhorn
his sister → Morris Bernstein
her husband → Elsie Schwartzman
his daughter → Jack Schwartzman
her son → <private> Shire-Schwartzman (Coppola)
his wife → August Coppola
her brother → Nicolas Cage
his son → Lisa Marie Presley
his ex-wife → Michael Jackson
her ex-husband → Brooke Shields
his ex-partner

3/6/2015 at 5:11 AM

Unknown Profile

3/6/2015 at 5:30 AM

Monica Denise Brown is the step-daughter of his uncle.

"Monica also is a cousin of record producer Polow da Don, and relative-in-law to rapper Ludacris through her mother's second marriage to Reverend Edward Best"

3/6/2015 at 5:33 AM

Monica and Ludacris ARE cousins since his uncle is married to her mother . When people marry they become one so her family is now his and vice versa.Mar 20, 2012

3/6/2015 at 5:49 AM

Cousin of singer Monica Arnold and Katt Williams.

3/6/2015 at 5:50 AM

He is African-American, and has said that he also has Native American ancestry.

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