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    Quote Originally Posted by CelticGerman View Post
    Works great, although after trying out several surnames in my family tree to see if they came up in any famous pedigrees, I was only able to find confirmation of a couple famous relationships I already knew about (Wyatt Earp and John C. Breckinridge).

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    Go back far enough and a lot of people will have some connection to a family of "royal" or "noble" standing.

    My paternal grandfather had distant ancestry in Guernsey to the Guille/Weston family in the 15th century.
    James Guille (Bailiff of Guernsey and the Royal Court, 1511-1537) married Anne Weston (daughter of Sir Edmund Weston and Catherine Camel) in the early 1520's.

    The 'Queen Mother' (Elizabeth Angela Marguerite BOWES-LYON), was a descendant of this Weston family, through Anne's brother Sir Richard Weston ( Governor of Guernsey, Treasurer of Calais and Under-Treasurer of the Exchequer during the reign of King Henry VIII of England) and his wife Anne Sandys.

    As such I am a '15th cousin' to the Duke of Cambridge and the plethora of other lines that descend from the Weston family...

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    One of my great-grandfather's 4th cousin was Franklin Roosevelt (on their mothers' sides).
    My favorite famous relative (by marriage) who I actually met was another great-grandfather's 2nd cousin's husband Eddie Cicotte.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N21163 View Post
    Go back far enough and a lot of people will have some connection to a family of "royal" or "noble" standing.
    If I remember right 1/10 or more of all western Europeans (or maybe just British types) descend from Edward the Black Prince.
    Wikipedia:
    Edward had illegitimate sons, all born before his marriage.[citation needed]

    By Edith de Willesford (d. after 1385):

    Sir Roger Clarendon (1345/60 - executed 1402); he married Margaret (d. 1382), a daughter of John Fleming, Baron de la Roche.[6]
    By unknown mothers:

    Edward (b. ca. 1349 - died young)
    Sir John Sounder[7]
    Sir Charles FitzEdward (b. ca. 1352-)
    Edward married his cousin, Joan, Countess of Kent (1328-1385), on 10 October 1361. She was the daughter and heiress of Edmund of Woodstock, Earl of Kent, the younger son of King Edward I by his second wife Margaret of France. They had two sons from this marriage. Both sons were born in France, where the Prince and Princess of Wales had taken up duties as Prince and Princess of Aquitaine.

    Edward of AngoulÍme (27 January 1365 - January 1372)
    Richard II of England (6 January 1367 – c. 14 February 1400) often referred to as Richard of Bordeaux for his place of birth.
    From his marriage to Joan, he also became stepfather to her children, including Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent whose daughter, Joan Holland, would marry Edward's brother, Edmund of Langley. Edward's other stepson, John Holland, 1st Duke of Exeter, would marry Edward's niece, Elizabeth of Lancaster, daughter of his brother, John of Gaunt.

    -dp

    PS: check out http://montaukiowa.com/royals.htm for info on Henry I "Beauclerc" King 1068 - 1135
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    Quote Originally Posted by N21163 View Post
    Go back far enough and a lot of people will have some connection to a family of "royal" or "noble" standing.

    My paternal grandfather had distant ancestry in Guernsey to the Guille/Weston family in the 15th century.
    James Guille (Bailiff of Guernsey and the Royal Court, 1511-1537) married Anne Weston (daughter of Sir Edmund Weston and Catherine Camel) in the early 1520's.

    The 'Queen Mother' (Elizabeth Angela Marguerite BOWES-LYON), was a descendant of this Weston family, through Anne's brother Sir Richard Weston ( Governor of Guernsey, Treasurer of Calais and Under-Treasurer of the Exchequer during the reign of King Henry VIII of England) and his wife Anne Sandys.

    As such I am a '15th cousin' to the Duke of Cambridge and the plethora of other lines that descend from the Weston family...
    Oooh, you have me beat - I'm allegedly a 16th cousin through both his parents, both are descendants of Christian IX of Denmark, who was an 11th cousin to my 3rd great-grandmother. And Charlemagne was my 36th GGF.

    But within 6 generations? My 2nd once removed cousin is an actor playing a regular character on a CBC produced family drama.

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    nope-nothin

    just poor Irish, poor fishing fleet English, poor Scots evidently

    possibly a couple of pirates, one sort of 4th rate Disney singer, some distant rich broad that survived the sinking of the titanic

    all the cool 'stories' that I got told as a kid, I proved wrong by pen and paper genealogy...heir presumptive to a New York Governor's millions, descendants of the Duke of Marlborough's beautiful mistress
    -what a pity the 2nd one is not true...that would be cool to be a direct Y line decentant of the Iron Duke and Churchill lines

    The handsome Irish coachman that fell for the boss's daughter and they eloped and fled to Canada in an open deck whaling ship to start my line in Canada is at least partially true, maybe all, except the 'fled' part

    thats about the best I got, sorry guys


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    My great uncle (by marriage not genetically related) led the Berlin Airlift: (he was the brother-in-law of my great-grandfather)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_H._Tunner

    There is an unproven claim for relationship to:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Byrd_II

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeWhalen View Post
    nope-nothin

    just poor Irish, poor fishing fleet English, poor Scots evidently

    possibly a couple of pirates, one sort of 4th rate Disney singer, some distant rich broad that survived the sinking of the titanic

    all the cool 'stories' that I got told as a kid, I proved wrong by pen and paper genealogy...heir presumptive to a New York Governor's millions, descendants of the Duke of Marlborough's beautiful mistress
    -what a pity the 2nd one is not true...that would be cool to be a direct Y line decentant of the Iron Duke and Churchill lines

    The handsome Irish coachman that fell for the boss's daughter and they eloped and fled to Canada in an open deck whaling ship to start my line in Canada is at least partially true, maybe all, except the 'fled' part

    thats about the best I got, sorry guys


    Mike
    My Ferrari turned into a squash a long time ago. Still looking for the Princess to find me and hand my glass cowboy boot! LOL Back to scrubbing the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeWhalen View Post
    descendants of the Duke of Marlborough's beautiful mistress
    Almost forgot to mention, I'm related to the Earls of Marlborough. Their surname, Ley, was the original surname of the Kempthorne family I descend from, the Kempthornes being the junior branch. Of course, the relationship is so long ago, that there's probably no significant genetic relationship, and the Earls of Marlborough weren't as important as, or even related to, the Dukes of Marlborough as far as I know. The Dukes of Marlborough would be a very interesting relationship indeed.

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    Now that I've lost confidence in my direct maternal line going back to King John and other illustrious ancestors in Medieval times, I'll have to settle for Daniel Boone as my first cousin six times removed. It still looks like I'm also related to a colonial governor of Maryland, but that is somewhat vague the further one goes along that line. My maternal grandmother once said, when I asked her about her Mayflower roots, that it was really Jamestown. I don't know what all she knew back there in the 1940s. She may have been referring to her Puckett line, which went back to early Virginia. But as for my direct maternal line, that could also trace back to early tidewater Virginia. Then again, it could be from the "Great Migration" to New England.

    I notice the surname "Pinkerton" (famous detective agency) pops up in a list of surnames of a match connected to my strongest match at FTDNA ("in common with").
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