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24 November 2006 @ 08:12 pm
This holiday season was very enjoyable spending time with my family and my brother's family. The day before Thanksgiving I decided to play around with BYU's site "Digital Roots". I mainly played with their "Relationship Finder". The Relationship Finder is a tool to help you find relationships between people using FamilySearch.org's Ancestral File Database. You can find out how you are related to Kings, Queens, Apostles and Prophets, as well as anyone else you enter.

In order to use it you need to be in the Ancestral File, so this will mainly apply to LDS members. You or someone in your family had to of submitted your family genealogy to Ancestral File before it stopped accepting submissions. I was lucky and my family is in the Ancestral File. Living people's ancestral file numbers don't appear online, they are just listed as living there. If you go to your local LDS Family History Center and look on the CDs with Ancestral File you will be able to see your Ancestral File number. "IF" you're in there in the first place. If you're not in there you would have to find a direct line ancestor that is and then you can use their Ancestral File number to play with the Relationship Finder.

We really got a kick out of the results. Even though my family is first generation LDS we are related to every one of the prophets except for David O. Mckay. The results can be printed out and on it it tells you how you are related to people and who is the common ancestor. I am related to 9 of the living Apostles. It also tells me who I am related to among the Early LDS Apostles and notable LDS. It was really funny that with my maiden name as HARRIS. We are related to a lot of people but NOT Martin Harris.

We had fun seeing that we are related to several of the Mayflower Passengers - Edward Winslow, Thomas the Pilgrim Rogers, William Brewster. I also said that Peter Browne was my 10th great grandfather. That was a new one for me but I did a little research and found out that was an error in Ancestral File that my 9th great grandfather Peter Brown was listed as his son. So you have to really look the stuff over.

I'm also related to Emily Dickenson, Bing Crosby, Humphrey Bogart, Jacob Hamblin, and Philo T. Farnsworth.
William Shakespeare is my 11th cousin 14 times removed.
I'm related to Lewis & Clark, Oliver Cromwell and Winston Churchill.
I have 19 US Presidents as relatives. George W. Bush is my 10 cousin 1 time removed.
Then it gives me just oodles of relatives among European Royalty. The furthest it went back as my 34th great grandfather Charlemagne.

It was just the funnest thing to play with and then send out to my family members. The Relationship Finder will also let you make a group of different people and you can see how you are related. So if you have some really good friends you can make a group and then see if you are related.

The other fun thing I did was figured out the math problem on Dick Eastman's blog. You have to match up the husband and wives and their last names. Then figure out how long they are married. The link to the article is: http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2006/11/genealogy_fun.html
It took me 44 minutes to figure it out. I tried using the chart and it just confused me. It really panicked me that I wouldn't be able to solve it. Then I finally started over and did my own diagram, which took about 15 minutes to figure out. What I would recommend is if the chart looks too complicated to begin with don't use it and just figure it out your own way.

Well it's been a fun holiday. Hope you had a great one too.
See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!
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