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The Second Question of Genealogy

You can easily spend years of time, and lots of money, searching for answers to the first question of genealogy: “Who are my ancestors?”

What you will end up with, hopefully, is a number of generation-by-generation pathways leading from you to some of your ancestors, from several centuries ago, and back again.

What you almost never end up with is a number of generation-by-generation pathways leading from you to some of your ancestors, and then coming back different pathways to some of your famous cousins!

This is a much bigger project than the first, and it gives you, hopefully, exciting answers to the second question of genealogy. “Who do I share ancestors with?” You and your family will almost certainly be pleasantly surprised.

Fortunately, much of this second and much bigger project has already been done for you by the Family Forest® Project. All that’s left is to let us network you and your family into this amazingly interconnected web of family ties.

That’s what our new connection service does.

As we enter our third decade of strategic ancestral history R&D, based on the best of the best of what we have discovered in recorded history, we are extremely well positioned to provide you and your family with enriching discoveries that could easily take you years of your time and thousands of dollars to discover on your own.

Whether you have already been searching for years, or are just realizing that you would you would like to know how connected you are, please look at what our new connection service can do for you.

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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.


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!


Filed under Buzz Aldrin, Cousins, Family Forest, Family Forest® Project, history, Hollywood, NASA

Ancestral Gold

If you were Prince William or Prince Harry, of course you would have grown up expecting to see the faces of your ancestors on coins. After all, their paternal grandmother’s face appears on more coins than any person in history, a record which will certainly never be broken.

But for me, as I guess it is for you, the expectation of ever seeing a coin with the face of one of my ancestors seemed as ridiculously absurd as the possibility of me visiting Saturn.

Then all of a sudden, there he was! And he’s on a magnificent coin, a Roman Caesar (junior emperor) being a savior of London.

It happened in a used bookstore in Downtown Hilo. I was skimming through The History and Conquests of Ancient Rome by Nigel Rogers when I was halted by the 1,700 year old coin.

I read about the conquering hero depicted on the coin, and discovered that he was the father of someone who, according to the ancestral history mapped out in the Family Forest®, I have many different ancestral pathways to.

In fact, almost a decade ago I had written about discovering that I could see his son in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I also created what I believe is an amazing Family Forest® eBook about his son’s generation-by-generation descendants for 40 generations.

So of course I bought the book. How can anyone not own the book containing photographs of the first coin one discovers depicting his or her ancestor?

Constantius Chlorus is an ancestor of probably more than a billion people living today. If you are reading this in English (or French, or German, or Spanish, or Russian, etc.), he is almost certainly one of yours. I hope you enjoy the discovery, cousin.

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Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF)

Rev. Al Harlow of the Waikoloa Community Church has inspired us to do more.

From now until Christmas 2014, we will be giving the lion’s share (more than half) of all sales revenues from one of our key connector titles to help expand and multiply the excellent service being delivered every day by the Missionary Aviation Fellowship.

The eBook is The Family Forest ® Descendants of Emperor Constantine I The Great.

As you will discover in the short how-to video, this digital resource is a seven to ten century extension for most of the descendants of our first lion’s share title, and all of the descendants of our second lion’s share title, and our third lion’s share title.

The flying chart at the end of the Rome Reborn video lands on the Emperor’s Palace in 320 A.D., which is almost certainly one of your own ancestral homes.

This unique digital resource is a Fodor’s-type guide to centuries of generation-by-generation ancestral history recorded by many well-respected experts of their time.

We hope you will enjoy following the links and learning more.

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New Portal Into Genealogical Entertainment

Many thanks to our friend Tom Nocera who has just created a fun resource that we would like to share with you.

It is a visual window into a decade and a half of short stories about surprising genealogical connections from the Family Forest® into probably some of your favorite Hollywood movies.

Just click on www.hotonfire.com and then click on whichever movies catch your attention.

Please follow some of the links within the stories, as they are often illuminating enhancements.



Filed under 83rd Academy Awards, Family Forest, Family Forest National Treasure, Genealogy, Hollywood, National Treasure

Niall of the Nine Hostages to Russell Crowe

Because my on-line time is usually limited to less than 15 minutes per day, I rely heavily on my long time friend Tom Nocera to keep me informed about key and trending items relating to the Family Forest® that I should be aware of.

Yesterday he told me that 23andMe had been talking about Niall of the Nine Hostages.

Niall, called the 126th monarch of Ireland, has been lineage-linked in the Family Forest® for years. So I checked to see how, according to the recorded history mapped out in the Family Forest®, he is related to our three lion’s share eBooks.

A Family Forest® relationship calculation reveals that King Duncan I of Scotland, the subject of the eBook that the Fisher House is receiving the lion’s share of, is a 20th great-grandson of Niall of the Nine Hostages.

A Family Forest® relationship calculation reveals that King Edward III of England, the subject of the eBook that the DAR is receiving the lion’s share of, is a 29th great-grandson of Niall of the Nine Hostages.

A Family Forest® relationship calculation reveals that Baron Anslach Turstain of Briquebec, the subject of the eBook that the Library of Congress is receiving the lion’s share of, has what I think is the most interesting relationship Niall of the Nine Hostages.

According to the recorded history mapped out in the Family Forest®, they are 76th cousins once removed (try to imagine the interconnected web of generation-by-generation family ties that had to be assembled to enable that digital calculation!), and their common ancestor is Noah.

Yes, the same Noah of the Ark, and the same Noah being portrayed by Russell Crowe in the movie that will be appearing in theatres next week.

Whether you believe The Bible or the math behind genetic migration over all those thousands of years, if Noah is an ancestor of anyone alive today, Noah is an ancestor of everyone alive today.

Think about it. When you are watching Russell Crowe in Noah, you will be seeing a portrayal of one of your own ancestors.


Filed under Ancestral History, Daughters of the American Revolution, ebooks, Family Forest® Project, Fisher House Foundation, Genealogy, Library of Congress, Niall of the Nine Hostages, Noah, Russell Crowe, The Bible

Your Relationship to Downton Abbey

How surprised would you be to discover that you have actual family ties to Downton Abbey?

Could having that knowledge increase your enjoyment of the show?

For a limited time, this is your chance to have the Family Forest® give you and your family the opportunity to actually see that surprising discovery.

Downton Abbey is set at Highclere Castle. The present owner of Highclere Castle, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon, is very extensively networked through sourced family ties in the Family Forest® to a large number of American and Old World families.

Some of his ancestral surnames in the Family Forest® include Alden, Allerton, Andrews, Armistead, Barrett, Barrow, Bartlett, Benning, Bickford, Bicknell, Brown, Carter, Cass, Chandler, Chew, Clark, Cogswell, Cooke, Cooper, Courtney, Crane, Cushman, Dane, Davis, Denison, Dudley, Dutch, Dyer, Eaton, Elwell, Fendall, Flint, Flynt, Fogg, Fox, Frost, Gardner, Gardiner, Gatewood, Gibbons, Goodrich, Gookin, Gorman, Greene, Hallet, Harlow, Hatch, Hawke, Heard, Herbert, Hill, Hoar, Howard, Hudson, Humphrey, Hunt, Hutchins, Jenney, Jones, Kay, Kimball, Kinsman, Knapp, Lee, Leighton, Lightfoot, Long, Mitchell, Molyneux, Moore, Morehead, Moulton, Norman, Nutter, Odiorne, Page, Pemberton, Philbrick, Phillips, Poor, Poore, Pope, Porter, Pratt, Presley, Quincy, Richardson, Rindge, Roberts, Rogers, Roper, Salter, Sanborn, Sawyer, Shaw, Sherburne, Simonton, Slaughter, Small, Smith, Stetson, Thompson, Tomson, Turner, Tuttle, Underwood, Walker, Warner, Wendell, Wentworth, White, Willett, and Wise.

It is very likely that Family Forest® can generate a chart linking you through generation-by-generation family ties to the 8th Earl of Carnarvon. This chart will be similar to the attached samples for Tom Hank’s son, Kim Kardasian’s daughter, Prince William’s son, Ellen DeGeneres, and Anderson Cooper.

What do we need to provide you and your family with this amazing service?

Accurate knowledge about your recent ancestry. Simply provide us with a copy of your approved membership application to a respected hereditary society, like the DAR, SAR, SMD, DRT, etc.

What does it cost to receive this amazing service?

Just $29. 

How likely is it that the Family Forest® can actually connect you and your family through actual family ties to Downton Abbey?

We are certain enough of success that in the event that we cannot, we will give you a $100 credit for Family Forest® eBooks.

How accurate is the knowledge presented by the Family Forest®?

Click here for answer at question #11.

Leading you to discoveries about your personal connections to history and present day edutainment is what the Family Forest® is designed for.

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