Some of the voices and faces of those celebrities who have brought us over a century of impactful news through radio and television are indelibly etched in our memories. Now millions of us can see that we have actual family ties to some of those voices and faces.
Family Forest® Ancestors-at-a-glance™ charts from the new National Treasure Edition have just been posted for some of the instantly recognizable people from broadcasting.
These new free charts are for Walter Cronkite, Lowell Thomas, Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, Pat Buchanan, Pat Robertson, G. Gordon Liddy, Maria Shriver, Don Imus and Mike Huckabee.
“And that’s the way it is.”
Filed under Ancestral History, CBS, education, Family, Family Forest® Project, FamilyForest, Genealogy, history, Katie Couric, National Treasure, News, television, Walter Cronkite
A new motion picture about America’s most beloved female aviator, Amelia, will be premiering at theatres on October 23, 2009.
In advance of the release we have just posted a half-dozen related Ancestors-at-a-glance™ charts.
One is for Amelia Earhart herself, one is for her husband, George “GP” Putnam, and one is for the famous Hollywood actor who will be portraying him, Richard Gere.
In this role Richard will be portraying a cousin of California’s next Governor, Meg Whitman. Meg shares early New England Buckminster ancestors with “GP” Putnam.
Another Buckminster cousin of Meg and GP is Bucky Fuller and he was a real life friend of Amelia. A video can be seen here of her in his futuristic Dymaxion car.
And yet another Buckminster cousin is current US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
If all of the cousins of the cast and characters of Amelia go to see it, this motion picture will be the largest box office hit ever.
The edutaining Family Forest® Project is Networking Family History with Hollywood™ and connecting audiences through actual family ties better than any other digital resource, either online or offline, as the new Family Forest® National Treasure Edition proves.
Filed under A People-Centered Approach To History®, Ancestors, Ancestral History, education, Excellence, Family Forest, Family Forest® Project, Family Trees, FamilyForest, Genealogy, Golden Globes, history, Hollywood, National Treasure
One of the most exciting features of the new Family Forest® National Treasure Edition is the ability to generate visually engaging Ancestors-at-a-glance™ fan charts.
The first of many of the free charts we will be posting to Ancestors-at-a-glance™ is for Prince William.
There is a wealth of surprising knowledge on this one-page PDF. Simply use Adobe Acrobat Reader’s zoom and scroll features to explore it.
As the name says, this is simply a glance at Prince William’s ancestry. For greater detail, dozens of centuries of his ancestry beyond ten generations, the source citations behind each note and connections, and much much more, you will be amazed and delighted by what you can discover in the new one-of-a-kind Family Forest® National Treasure Edition.
I rediscovered a great quote while thumbing through one of my very many stacks of research materials. It accurately describes one of the foundation concepts steering the growth of the Family Forest® Project.
The quote is from Andrew McNally IV, president of Rand McNally and great-grandson of one of its co-founders. Andrew said “Making the world around us more understandable is what map-making has always been about.”
One of our goals for the Family Forest® is to become for ancestral history what Rand McNally is for geography. For 14 years now human intelligence has been digitally indexing , which translates to mapping visually, thousands of years of recorded human history.
Another of our goals is to have a combination Google Earth/Second Life type interface for virtually exploring the world’s largest maps of human genetic migration, which are generated by the highest quality and most intricately interconnected web of networked family ties.
Please stay tuned for the introduction of 200 or so selected Family Forest® Kinship Reports from the Family Forest® National Treasure Edition which will connect countless millions of living people, through their own generation-by-generation family ties, to more celebrities and historical figures than any other resource available anywhere, either on or off line.
Filed under A People-Centered Approach To History®, Ancestral History, Ancestral Travel, education, Excellence, Family Forest, Family Forest® Project, FamilyForest, Genealogy, Google, internet, Maps, Travel, Virtual Reality
A curious thing happened to me a year ago, and I’m still wondering about it.
Between drifting into unconsciousness after being told there was a chance I would not survive the operation, and waking up to the very enjoyable realization that I was still alive, the only thing I remember was hearing a voice speaking just two words.
Repeating over and over for what seemed like a very long time was “George Soule, George Soule, George Soule, …….”
According to the recorded history mapped out in the Family Forest®, George Soule of the Mayflower is one of my ancestors. Whatever it might have meant hearing his name repeated (one nurse suggested it was my guardian angel speaking to me), I felt that I was brought through the heart attack and bypass surgery for the purpose of bringing the Family Forest® Project to life.
This last year has been one of the very best years of my life, and not only because life is so much sweeter when one comes that close to losing it. I can say unequivocally that this past year has been the most productive and personally fulfilling year I have ever had.
The proof will be abundantly clear soon when the National Treasure Edition is released. Red Letter Days almost never happened during the first dozen years when the extremely broad foundation was being laid and the very tall framework was being erected. During this last year, not only did a Red Letter Day happen almost every day, many days the quantity and magnitude of the connections and enhancements were so large that a single day was like the equivalent of two or more Red Letter Days.
Coinciding with this cloud nine 1st anniversary is my blissful 17th wedding anniversary to my terrific wife Kristine. Life is very good!
A new story just appeared, and we’re pleased that it doesn’t misleadingly try to squeeze our exciting leading-edge digital project into the genealogy pigeon-hole.
We do like stories that highlight some of the surprising family ties we’ve networked between famous people such as Brad Pitt and President Obama, and the Family Forest® does perform some amazing genealogy feats for everyday people that no other genealogy resource can, but the real picture of our digital project is so much bigger.
The Family Forest® Project is about so many more exciting possibilities than just plain vanilla genealogy, and the new story points to some of them.
Please continue to stay tuned here for enriching previews of the future of your own past.
Filed under A People-Centered Approach To History®, Ancestral History, Ancestral Travel, education, Family Forest, Family Forest® Project, Family Trees, FamilyForest, Genealogy, history, Hollywood, politics, Sarah Palin, Travel, Uncategorized, Virtual Reality
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
A wordle for St. Patricks Day inspired by a story from the
Family Forest® Project
in our Captains Log archive entitled:
Your Ancestors Knew St. Patrick