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Julie and Julia

From the trailer I’ve seen, Julie and Julia looks like a fun movie.

 To add to the enjoyment, the Family Forest® Project has just posted some additional Ancestors-at-a-glance™ charts. 

One is for one of the main characters, Julia Child, and another is for the famous Hollywood actress who portrays her, Meryl Streep

According to the family history already mapped out in the new Family Forest® National Treasure Edition, I share an important to me 1600’s ancestor with Julia Child. He is Mayflower Pilgrim George Soule. 

Julia and I also share ancestor George Soule with Amelia co-star Richard Gere and Dick Van Dyke

Contrary to what her unusual surname might lead one to believe, Meryl Streep has early American ancestry with much more common surnames, including some who came to America at about the same time as her character’s ancestor, and probably knew each other. 

Some of Meryl’s other ancestral surnames include Betts, Jackson, Walker, Ring, Dean, Howland, Wilkinson, Twining, Conyers, Lacy, Young, Kirk, Elliott, Chapman, Simpson, and Smith. 

One of Meryl’s famous cousins through their royally-descended ancestor Christopher Conyers is Britney Spears

If all of the cousins of the cast and characters of Julie and Julia 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 will show.


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“And that’s the way it is.”

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.”


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Happy Birthday Darwin and Lincoln

Watching PBS last night with my family, I learned that Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were both born on the same day two hundred years ago today.


Kristine had been urging me to stop growing the Family Forest® long enough to write a new blog about Lincoln before his birthday passes. I had been considering comparing him to Benjamin “Don Benito” Wilson, another early American wilderness boy born about the same time who went on to greatness.


I had also been considering talking about the recent inaugural celebration concert at the Lincoln Memorial and the Family Forest® cousins I had noticed there in addition to the Obama and Biden families, like Pete Seeger, Tao Rodriquez-Seeger, George Lucas, James Taylor, Ashley Judd, and Tom Hanks. While channel surfing over the weekend, I stopped at Forrest Gump just in time to be reminded that Tom had already spoken in front of the Lincoln Memorial at least once before.


During the last few days Kristine had wanted me to watch a video about Darwin that relates to the Family Forest® Project. After watching the fascinating video over a cup of Kona coffee this morning, I couldn’t help but wonder what Darwin (and Lincoln) would think if he could visually explore the Family Forest® today.


Surely he would have found the world’s largest maps of human genetic migration thought provoking and helpful in his work, and I’d like to think he would have been amazed to discover what this single digital resource can do to ignite the curiosity and imagination of children.


Surely he would have been in awe to learn that it is has become possible to start with President Obama’s children, or Tom Hank’s children, and travel through their own generation-by-generation family ties to reach him and his family, plus

President Lincoln’s family, and to relate them personally to so many thousands of the most famous people, places, and events in human history.


While I don’t expect anyone will be remembering the 200th anniversary of my birth, I do like to think that 200 years from now I will still be giving people smiles from the Family Forest®.


P.S. Here’s an inspiring Lincoln/Obama story. 





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Bill Gates’ Misstatement

Bill Gates probably didn’t mean it exactly the way it sounded, but he did say on The Charlie Rose Show that “Everything is web-based.”


Everything is not web-based yet, and here’s one example that relates to cousin Bill personally, and quite possibly professionally.


Bill can give his children an enriching digital edutainment gift of potentially limitless value for just $50, and he cannot acquire anything similar to it now from Microsoft, or Google, at any price. This gift cannot be explored online – yet.


But offline, with just a few mouse-clicks in the Family Forest® Bill and Melinda Gates’ children can summon maps of their own ancestral pathways that lead directly from them and travel generation-by-generation to countless ancestral homes from many centuries ago, including some very prominent ones within the Gates family’s summer vacation destination, France.


Even with the basically unlimited resources of Microsoft, or Google, it seems that it will still be years before anyone can deliver the full functionality of even yesterday’s Family Forest® online (and that edition is basically only a concept sketch of the National Treasure Edition we are preparing to release next).


Two leading edge digital delivery companies have been trying to bring tiny slivers of Family Forest® output online.


Google has been working at it for over four months now, and they are not quite there yet (in fairness to Google, one is believed to be the world’s longest ebook). After having the same digital content for six months, in June 2008 ebrary estimated that it might be able to successfully make our rich content fully functional online within their system in the second half of 2009. And we’re only talking about slivers of stage-two digital content from where we were in 2005.


Some digital property, such as the Family Forest®, is beyond the capabilities of today’s Internet, but will be an integral part of the exciting future Internet that Bill talks about with Charlie Rose.


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Ancestral Home of the next American President Discovered

Even before the election results are declared on Tuesday, a 450-year old manor home belonging to the ancestors of the next President of the United States of America has been discovered.


According to the many centuries of recorded history that has already been digitally indexed in the Family Forest® National Treasure Edition, both Senator McCain and Senator Obama are descended from the man who built Sulgrave Manor.


How accurate are these generation-by-generation ancestor pathways that lead from each of the candidates to Sulgrave Manor and beyond? The answer can be found here.


Incidentally, this appears to be the third time a Sulgrave Manor descendant will be President of the United States of America, the other two being President George Washington and President Jimmy Carter.


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Senator Obama’s Famous and Infamous Relatives

As we have pointed out last week, the Family Forest® Project is completely non-partisan In that spirit, since we just offered free genealogy resources for the Republican ticket, here is a free genealogy resource for the Democratic ticket  family-forest-kinship-report-of-barack-obama4.


This report was generated from the Family Forest® New World Edition. It is called a kinship or relatives report. It shows who in the Family Forest® is related to Senator Obama, exactly how they are related, and who their common ancestor is.


In this case the report was scaled back to show only those relatives within a 12-generation radius from Barack Obama, and it shows only those relatives who were lineage-linked to him over three years ago in the New World Edition.


So it doesn’t include his wife Michelle and their daughters, Hollywood actor Robert Duvall, famous gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok , Vice President Dick Cheney, or most of the hundreds of thousands of people Senator Obama is now family-networked to in the upcoming Family Forest® National Treasure Edition.


But it does include three U.S. Presidents (on pages 8, 35, and 68), a famous Confederate general (on page 42), probably the most famous Wall Street financier of all times (on page 46), a famous woman artist (on page 48), and a Hollywood icon (on page 67), plus an infamous would-be presidential assassin (on page 32).


In the new Family Forest® millions of voters will be able to visually explore their own generation-by-generation family ties to the man who is expected to soon become the next President of the United States of America.



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Sarah Palin is related to who?

While watching Sarah Palin and Alec Baldwin talking together Saturday night on SNL I couldn’t help wondering if they had any idea they are related to each other. Even though they are fairly distant cousins, because their first ancestral connection is back in the Royal Channel according to recorded history, they do actually share ancestors with each other.  


We ran some outline reports of immigrant ancestors from the Family Forest® to see who else shares ancestors with Gov. Sarah Palin. There are some of her surprising family ties in the Thomas Emerson report (see PDF here. family-forest-outline-report-for-thomas-emerson), and more of them can be found in the other reports (William Arnold, Deacon Samuel Bass, Thomas Brigham, Zechariah/Zachariah Field, Surgeon John Greene, Stephen Post, Richard Sears, and Corporal Roger Wellington), which are available upon request. 


Following are some tips for exploring the Thomas Emerson report. Sarah Palin: page 55


Hawaiian family ties


Cooke family of Bank of Hawaii, Molokai Ranch, etc.: pages 4-25 


Waterhouse and Alexander families of Alexander and Baldwin: page 7


Atherton family of Atherton Foundation: page 8


Monty Richards family of Kahua Ranch: page 13


Cowell family of Kowali Farm: page 16


Other family ties (both for Sarah Palin, and also for her Hawaiian cousins)


Ford and Firestone heirs: page 2


Mitt Romney: page 37


Buffalo Bill Cody: page 41


President Taft: page 34


Astronaut Alan Shepard: pages 54-55


Famous Civil War Generals: page 57


Tennessee Williams: page 58


F. Scott Fitzgerald and Shirley Temple: page 59


President Fillmore: page 63


Bill Gates: page 67


Please keep in mind when exploring this outline report that it is only one tiny snap shot from the Family Forest®, and it’s much more fun to explore these connections visually via the disc.


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