We’re Related …



A while ago, Ancestry launched a new app that sends the pedigree charts of various famous persons which connect to your projected pedigree charts to those of us who have loaded the app.  I use the word projected because I have received 238 notifications to date.   Of these 238, I have been able to confirm what Ancestry claims is my pedigree for 29 persons to match:

  1. Elvis Presley
  2. Lucille Ball
  3. Helen Keller
  4. Taylor Lautner
  5. Richard Gere
  6. Warren Buffett
  7. Chevy Chase
  8. Vincent Minnelli
  9. Kevin Costner
  10. Dick Chaney
  11. Otis Redding
  12. James A Garfield
  13. Herbert Hoover
  14. Spencer Tracy
  15. Humphrey Bogart
  16. Charles Dickens
  17. Robert Mitchum
  18. Meg Whitman
  19. George Eastman
  20. Bruce Forsyth
  21. Harry P Langdon
  22. Lee Marvin
  23. Rutherford B Hayes
  24. Herbert Dow
  25. Charles Fairbanks
  26. Norma Talmadge
  27. Howard Hughes
  28. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
  29. Samuel Colt

Now, it should not be a stretch, but I am still waiting to find out if Liza Minnelli is related (after all, her father is my 8th cousin, once removed).  I must admit, I did have to Google a number of these persons (not to mention the other 209) to find out who they heck they were.

Of the 238, I have found 2 that Ancestry is projecting a totally WRONG pedigree.  I have no idea where they came up with the relationship.  They assign Parent / Child relationships where I have proof they did not exist (to the point of claiming a birth three months before a documented birth).  And then there are the famous person pedigree charts that show ancestors that procreated at the age of 1 or 2 years old.  Ancestry is obviously picking up some strange trees because they also have persons in the 16th and 17th centuries as PRIVATE.  This designation is usually reserved for the living.  I do not think these qualify unless they are part of the new culture of the living-dead.  Maybe Zombies are real!!

Anyway, this is just a catch up on the use of the app.  More to follow as they come in.

About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related" I then started to provide snippets into ancestor biographies on the dates that were significant anniversaries.
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2 Responses to We’re Related …

  1. Luanne @ TFK says:

    How interesting is this! Where do you see this on your Ancestry page?


  2. Pat Shaul says:

    There is an app (phone, iPad, Android) called We’re Related — free in the App Store (Apple and Google) I set up a VERY SMALL tree that then took off.


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