Well…having exhausted research on one branch of my family tree (my father’s), I went to my mother’s. Her family, especially the ones that came over from Holland in the 1600-1700s have done a great job of tracking their ancestry.
Ancestry.com has this thing called One-World-Tree, where everyone enters their trees, and thus there’s a chance of trees combining.
I found my mother’s mother on this One-World-Tree and then asked them the question: Any Famous Relatives?
I nearly fainted with the results.
Presidents: Ford, Teddy Roosevelt, Taft, Fillmore
Entertainers: Elvis Presley, Shirley Temple, Humphrey Bogart
Writers: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Ray Bradbury
But all of these are distant cousins, several times removed. Fun, but not the cherry at the top of this Sundae.
My 18th Great Grandfather (YES! 18th!) lived from 1343 – 1400. He wrote poetry. I’m going to say no more. You can look it up on Google. 1343 1400 poet. Top results. There was only one person living from 1343-1400 writing poetry that I would be this excited about anyway. Yes. Him!
I know this is completely dependent upon the fact that everyone involved entered their family tree correctly. Shush!
I am SO including this in every bio I send to editors from now on!