Category Archives: Cousins

Six Miles to Shore

Family Forest Connection Service

I can’t stop thinking about a Family Forest® connection service I recently completed for a young lady from California. It was memorable to me for several reasons, including starting with so little, and accomplishing so much.

The most inspirational part for me is thinking about the spirit of one of Marsia’s ancestors, one of her 7th-great-grandfathers, with the unusual surname of Brothwell. Joseph was a soldier from Yorkshire, England. I found a story about him on page 1,350 of A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport Connecticut, by Rev. Samuel Orcutt, published in 1886.

More than two centuries ago, Joseph jumped ship in the West Indies, and swam six miles to shore! Then he somehow came to New York, then moved on to Black Rock, in Fairfield, CT, and made his home there at what is now called Stratfield.

Forty-some years later, I still remember sailing due west into the Gulf of Mexico from Longboat Key, FL in a 15′ Venture Cat. It sat very close to waterlevel. At probably about a mile out, I looked back and the shoreline had almost disappeared. It was scary.

What would it have been like if I had continued sailing toward Texas for about five more miles, then jumped off, and tried swimming back to shore? And done it more than two centuries ago, when there were more and bigger creatures in the sea?

What did life look like through Joseph Brothwell’s eyes? What was he thinking while he was very vulnerable in the midst of the perils of the sea, with miles still left to swim?

How inspirational might it be to a college-bound young lady to discover that she carries the genes of this spirited and determined adventurer?

How many motivational stories about your own ancestors are squirreled-away in the nooks and crannies of recorded history, waiting to be discovered?

Maybe the beginning of a new year is the perfect time for you to consider giving us the opportunity to utilize the Family Forest® to lead your family to one or more of those stories.

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Oh Lord, won’t you buy me ……

You are correct about Janis Joplin, but not about a Mercedes-Benz.
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This time it’s about Janis’ classic 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet, with a jaw-dropping custom paint job, and it will be auctioned by Sotheby’s on December 10th, 2015 in New York.

Most things I notice, I tend to think of from a family ties perspective. Janis has been in the Family Forest® for awhile, and she has tons of Family Forest® cousins, so I searched for some of her single-digit Family Forest® cousins who might be interested in outbidding their other cousins to own their rock-icon cousin’s Porsche.

Janis’ closest Family Forest® cousin I found so far (6C1R) is Christopher Lloyd. He looked right at home in his DeLorean in the Back to the Future movies, and he should acquire his famous cousin’s Porsche while it’s available.

Next closest is Anne Hathaway (8C). Get Smart’s Agent 99 would be perfect for Janis’ classic 1967 Porsche.

Warren Buffet, one of Janis’ 8C2R, would certainly be noticed in Omaha when he arrives at the next Berkshire-Hathaway meeting in Janis’ Porsche.

Kate Bosworth, another one of Janis’ 8C2R, would probably be even more at home behind the wheel of Janis’ Porsche than she was on a surfboard in Blue Crush.

Some of Janis’ Family Forest® ninth cousins may want to seize this once in a lifetime opportunity before it disappears.

They include Easy Rider Peter Fonda, 2016 Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Hollywood actress Kyra Sedgwick, and singer Amy Grant.

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Filed under Auction, Cousins, Family Forest, Family Forest® Project, Genealogy, Janis Joplin, Sothebys

Closest Celebrity Cousins

As I am prone to do while we are Networking Family History with Hollywood™, I often watch Turner Classic Movies and programs in search of interesting characters to lineage link into the vast network of family ties that is the Family Forest®.

Earlier this year TCM arranged with Disney to present some classic Disney content on TCM. The one that triggered fun memories that I hadn’t accessed in decades was Davy Crockett.

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As a young boy in the 1950s, one of the biggest fads I remember was coonskin caps. No matter where you lived in America, if you didn’t have one, you certainly knew a number of boys who did.

The TCM introduction taught me something I didn’t know. Davy Crockett was the first (and only?) produced-for-television series that was repurposed into a hit theatrical movie.

Against staff recommendations that it be shot in less expensive black and white, since that was how the television audience would see it, visionary Walt Disney insisted that they shot it in color. After the huge popularity of the show, it was re-edited into a movie called “Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier”, and what people had already seen for free at home, they then paid to see at theaters.

So I made a note to look for the ancestors of the lead actor, Fess Parker, to see if I could network him into the Family Forest® (since before the end of the last century, the prime directive has been that no one gets into the Family Forest® unless they are related by birth, marriage, or adoption to someone who is already in).

Even though I do this all the time, there is no way I can guess in advance who someone’s closest celebrity cousins will be. In Fess Parker’s case, I was more surprised than usual.

So far in the Family Forest®, Fess Parker’s two closest celebrity cousins are a former Disney Mouseketeer and a President of the United States, Britney Spears (sixth cousin twice removed, 6C2R) and President Obama (7C2R).

So how surprised might you and your family be to discover your closest celebrity cousins?

Now, after twenty years of strategic research and preparation, the Family Forest® can probably show you your closest celebrity cousins through our new connection service.

By the way, in the current issue (November/December 2015) of Cowboys & Indians – The Premier Magazine of the West, Fess Parker is said to be the catalyst for Kurt Russell’s GoGi Wines.

I wonder if Kurt Russell owned a coonskin cap when he was a boy?

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History Pivots on Small Events

As I am searching daily through the vast collection of fascinating nooks and crannies of recorded history waiting to be explored (and leaving a well-marked digital trail to the discoveries found there), I often pause to reflect on this thought-proving truth.

What if this or that seemingly insignificant deed, action, accident, mistake, introduction, meeting, serendipitous discovery or observation, suggestion, encouragement, timely smile, act of kindness, etc. had never happened? What if ……?

Recently I was reminded of this truth in my own life, when this photograph arrived in my email.

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There is famous Hollywood actor John Travolta. How many hours over the years have we enjoyed watching and re-watching his movies? How many people around the globe instantly recognize him?

Then there is famous NASA space pioneer and American hero Buzz Aldrin, an inspiration to so many people over the decades, and now an active advocate for America’s future greatness.

Then there is my dear old friend Tom Nocera, the youngest member of the launch crew for Apollo 11, celebrating the 46th anniversary of the historic event with our cousin Buzz and John Travolta.

While he was there, he informed Buzz Aldrin that Buzz is a single-digit cousin of the first American woman in space, Sally Ride. Tom presented him with a Family Forest® relationship chart laying out the exact connection.

Just a couple of weeks earlier Tom gave Mrs. David Crosby a Family Forest® relationship chart. It showed David’s generation-by-generation family ties to one of David’s favorite authors, Mark Twain.

Even though it was a very small event over four decades ago, it’s still a vivid memory. My fiancee and I were on a pier on Clearwater Beach on a picture postcard perfect Florida evening, taking pictures with her Dad’s camera.

I accidently dropped the lens cap, and watched helplessly as it rolled seemingly in slow motion to the edge of the pier, then fell silently for about six feet before it went kerplunk! (lens caps were metal in those days) into Clearwater Bay.

Tom Nocera, the owner of the camera store where we bought a replacement lens cap the next day, became a great and lifelong friend.

If that one tiny event had not happened, if I had not accidentally dropped that lens cap 44 years ago, this photograph would not have arrived in my email box. But impossible to imagine, the whole timeline in between would have been altered in incalculable ways, including probably, me meeting Kristine.

Almost equally as important to Kristine and me today, Tom would not have become the leading champion of our Family Forest® Project, and one of its most enthusiastic supporters.

Thank you Tom for being there in Clearwater that day, for your encouragement and assistance to keep us Networking Family History with Hollywood™, and for introducing the Family Forest® to so many of the millions of people who are destined to be delighted and enriched by it!

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Family Forest® Previous Media

You may not have heard of the Family Forest® Project because we haven’t been advertising, but over the last 18 years, the Family Forest® has received some great media coverage locally, nationally, and internationally. Most of the url’s have disappeared, but a good representation is still available through the links below. The Family Forest® will amaze you when you discover what it does.

Associated Press: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/politics/2008-10-30-3235348468_x.htm

http://archives.starbulletin.com/2007/02/06/news/story05.html

Honolulu Star Bulletin and Star Bulletin: http://archives.starbulletin.com/2004/02/16/news/story3.html

World Net Daily: http://www.wnd.com/2007/02/39971/

CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/03/04/politics/main604163.shtml

USA Today: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/webguide/hotsites/2004/2004-02-09-hotsites.htm

The Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2004/mar/07/20040307-115025-5485r/?page=all

NBC and MSNBC: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/4286105/

Slate Magazine: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/chatterbox/2007/02/obama_dc.html

Ancestry.com and NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15401094

Dick Eastman: http://www.eogn.com/archives/news0327.htm

UK Family History Magazine: http://www.familyhistorymonthly.com/contact.php

AARP: http://FamilyForest.com/review_sandy.html

Hawaii 24/7 : http://www.hawaii247.com/2010/10/22/family-forest-project-takes-on-national-politics/

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Ann Romney’s Family Ties to the American Red Cross

What an inspirational and energizing Republican National Convention!

While I was watching, I was wondering how many surprising connections I might find in the Family Forest®.

Mitt Romney and many of his ancestors have been extensively networked in the Family Forest® for years, so I wasn’t particularly surprised  to see his connections to Clint Eastwood (they are ninth cousins, through their Lathrop/Lothrop ancestors) or to a local topic of interest (Commodore Plant and the Save-The-Biltmore project).

I was surprised to see how closely Ann Romney is connected through family ties to the most unexpected presence at the convention, the American Red Cross.

When I queried the Family Forest®, within seconds I discovered that the woman who stole the show at the convention, the woman who our great nation desperately needs to be our next First Lady, is a fifth cousin four times removed of The Angel of the Battlefield, Clara Barton , the founder of the American Red Cross.

Maybe there’s some great nationally-beneficial synergism to be tapped into from this connection?

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Genealogy and the 84th Academy Awards

Will genetics be a factor in bringing home an Oscar this year?

It appears that it may have been at the Golden Globes this year. Michelle Williams won for Best Actress for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe.  Could her award-winning performance have been because they share ancestors?

When I ran a Family Forest kinship report [# 10] for Michelle, I discovered that according to the large web of ancestral history already mapped out in the Family Forest, Michelle and Marilyn are cousins.

According to recorded history, they are ninth cousins once removed through their Peabody/Paybody ancestors, and they both have a number of other entertainment cousins who are also descended from the early Peabody/Paybody family of Massachusetts.

Those cousins include Glenn Close (one of Michelle’s competitors at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards this year), Kyra Sedgwick, Halle Berry, Racquel Welch, Grace Slick, Mark Wahlberg, David Hyde Pierce, Orson Welles, Robert Lansing, and if you consider the political arena to be entertaining, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman.

Kristine and I will be tuning into ABC on Sunday Febraury 26th to watch the 84th Academy Awards and see if Michelle wins the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of her cousin, Marilyn Monroe, or if one of her other cousins wins (Michelle is also a distant cousin of Meryl Streep).

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