We Are Family

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 272018

I have no idea how accurate it is, if at all, but yesterday someone told me about an app called We’re Related from Ancestry.com that is supposed to tell you the probability of any famous people you might be related to. Just for the heck of it, I gave it a try and was surprised by some of the results.

According to the app, musician Jimi Hendrix could be my seventh cousin two times removed, Mark Twain could be a third cousin six times removed, Ralph Waldo Emerson could be my fifth cousin seven times removed, author Stephen King could be my eighth cousin two times removed, singer-songwriter Luce Bryan could be my eighth cousin two times removed, former President Barack Obama could also be an eighth cousin two times removed, baseball player Derek Jeter could be a seventh cousin four times removed, and former President Bill Clinton could be my ninth cousin. And Obama and Clinton are not the only former presidents; the app says that John F. Kennedy could be my seventh cousin three times removed. I’m okay with most of them, especially those with a literary connection, but I wasn’t very happy to see that Miley Cyrus could also be an eighth cousin two times removed. Everybody thinks they are related to somebody important, and I guess in the greater scheme of things they could be right. After all, we are all family. Right?

By the way, I’ve done a lot of genealogy research and never found a connection to any of these celebrities. From what I’ve been able to determine, I come from a long line of drunks, prostitutes, and horse thieves. (Actually, I made up the part about the horse thieves just to make us seem more socially acceptable.)

In a blog post a couple of days ago I mentioned that we had purchased some artwork to decorate the walls in our house from an antique store down in Titusville. A couple of you have asked for pictures of what we got, so I thought I would share them today. The top two are in the newly redecorated guest bathroom, and the collage below is in the kitchen. We like them.

I have mentioned several times that we have seen quite a few rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, which is always a bit of a thrill. Last year when my son Travis and his wife Geli visited us from Alabama we were hoping their trip would coincide with a rocket launch, but it didn’t happen. Then when my cousin Berni Frees and her husband Rocky came down from Michigan, they were just a day or two off from a launch and missed it.

Terry’s folks are flying in on February 6 for a visit, which is also the scheduled date of the Falcon Heavy rocket launch. Built by SpaceX, it will be the most powerful rocket in the world. As it turns out, it’s scheduled to launch the same day they arrive. I don’t know when the launch time will be, but their plane lands somewhere around 2 PM. It would be really cool if they could see it take off.

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Nick Russell

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  3 Responses to “We Are Family”

  1. I’m, apparently, related to a horse thief. Family lore has it that my maiden name of Sherman was originally Shoerman (a blacksmith) until the thief’s kids changed it. Grandpa used to say we couldn’t claim our relationship to General William T. Sherman unless we also acknowledged the horse thief. I have a friend from Atlanta who thinks being related to General Sherman is worse.

  2. Your comments on the upcoming Space X launch caused me to want to know more about the rockets which Space X uses, very impressive!

    See more here http://www.spacex.com/falcon-heavy

  3. I can’t imagine caring whether I’m related to celebrities. I did discover that an ancestor I was pretty proud of was really quite famous. http://myqualityday.blogspot.com/2017/11/a-long-ago-and-late-veterans-day-story.html

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