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Researching Famous, or Infamous Roots

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    Last Updated: October 13th, 2008

    Many people actually start in genealogy because someone told them they were related to a famous, or an infamous person.

    You’d be amazed how many folks begin to trace their family tree because they heard they were related to Jesse James, or Marilyn Monroe, or George Washington, or any number of other people they’d truly love to be able to claim in their family tree.

    In most cases, to be honest, they found they weren’t but the searching was half the fun.

    Many people believe that they will find their ancestors in a very short time and when that doesn’t pan out, are disillusioned or become bored with the project.

    In the case of searching a famous person, its more easily accomplished to research their family, as well as your own, in separate arenas.

    I found, when searching for my roots, that taking the name of the person I thought we might be related to, and researching their history, as well as mine, and where those roots might intersect was a lot easier than simply backtracing mine and hoping to see a connection. This is particularly true if all you really care to find is the connection.

    For instance–if you believe that Jesse James is in your family history, take Jesse separate and apart from your  own roots, and research his roots or descendants. Find out what family he has living today and who his parents and grandparents were. Then, as you trace your own roots, those names coming into play will give you the connection.

    In many cases, such as a very famous person, the research will have been done for you and all that you need to do is to find it, and avail yourself of it and compare it to your own family tree chart, to see a connection somewhere down (or up) the line from you to know that you’re a relative in some fashion.

    Finding out that you were related to a very famous or infamous person is a lot easier than you think it might be, however don’t expect the family to thank you if you find out that you had no relationship whatsoever to that person, or for dispelling a myth that was long held in your family.

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    rhinnah
    November 18th, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    love this web site it is so great

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    admin
    November 21st, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you.. We’re having fun with it and we’re glad you are.

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