Laura, here’s another cousin chart. These are all how these people relate to “self”:
Not much in the mood for blogging today. It’s hot in here. Our AC went out last night. The fan blades were broken, and while Steve picked up a new fan this morning (thanks to Brandon for ordering it at the supply house), the fan motor needs replacing, too. Fortunately these things are not really expensive.
I ran across this and thought it was interesting, since I am into genealogy. You probably know people you are related to, and just don’t know you are related. Several years back, I found out that I am 6th cousin to a family we use to go to church with. In fact, I dated the oldest son in high school. When we were grown, his grandmother told me she thought we might be distantly related, so I did the research, and found she is my 6th cousin. So I was dating a guy that was my 6th cousin, twice removed.
There’s a rule of thumb that some genealogists use….out of 100 people in a room, if you trace the lineages back 10 generations, you will find cousins in that room.
Princess Diana and Sarah Palin
That’s right, the glamorous former British princess and the moose-hunting Alaska governor share more than a legacy of expensive couture–they’re 10th cousins. Both share the same ninth great-grandfather, John Strong, who was born in England in 1605.
Princess Diana and Andrew Firestone
Who knew? Di is also a 10th cousin to Andrew Firestone, the good-looking member of the tire family who is better known for his turn on TV show The Bachelor. Firestone wed actress and model Ivana Bozilovic last year.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
They’re married, but also apparently blood relatives–ninth cousins once removed. (My note…Charles was also a 16th cousin to his first wife, Dianna Spencer.)
George W. Bush and Hugh Hefner
The churchgoing, Republican politician probably doesn’t have too much in common with Playboy founder Hefner. But “W” and Hugh share some blood: They’re 11th cousins, twice removed. Bush’s 10th great-grandfather and Hefner’s eighth great-grandfather was Thomas Richards, who died around 1650.
George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
The 43rd president and his all-powerful veep shared an important relationship before both started working in the White House. They’re ninth cousins, one time removed. Common ancestors are William and Lydia Fletcher, both born around 1622.
Richard Nixon and James Dean
The slippery former president and ultra-cool actor don’t have much in common, but are actually seventh cousins, once removed.
FDR and Sarah Palin
The 2008 vice-presidential candidate didn’t make it to the White House, but one of her ancestors did: Palin and Franklin D. Roosevelt are ninth cousins, once removed.
Britney Spears and John Edwards
The volatile blond pop singer and former presidential candidate (whose own marriage has been pretty volatile lately) are seventh cousins three times removed. Their common ancestor was John Stovall, born in Virginia around 1705.
Tom Hanks and Abraham Lincoln
There’s little resemblance, but the man who played the slow-witted Forrest Gump is indeed a relation of our cerebral 16th president. Didn’t I just catch Hanks reading Team of Rivals? (They are 3rd cousins, 4 times removed.)
Barack Obama and Brad Pitt
The current occupant of the Oval Office and the hunky movie star are ninth cousins. They share the same ancestor, Edwin Hickman, who was born in 1690. Edwin’s son Edwin Jr. is Brad Pitt’s seventh great-grandfather (that’s great great great great great great great grandfather.) Edwin’s other son, James, is Obama’s seventh great-grandfather, on his mother’s side.
Gen 9:7….As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.” NIV