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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.

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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.

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Gunsmoke and James Arness

 It’s sad when a television star who was so prominent in ones childhood passes. With the passing of James Arness, it was doubly sad for me. 

Do you ever have a particular thought that whenever it pops to mind, an associated thought, sometimes seemingly unrelated, pops to mind with it? I have one that’s always triggered by Gunsmoke. It is memories of my Grandma Harrison. 

I remember fondly when I was a kid, for many reasons, it was always a treat to get to spend the weekend at Grandma’s. In addition to having more root beer, M&Ms, and Hershey kisses than I would ever get at home, one of my favorite reasons was getting to stay up late and watch Gunsmoke with Grandma. 

So for me, the sadness of James Arness’s death was accompanied by the sadness of missing Grandma, and wondering about the answers to questions I never asked her.  

What did she know about her family heritage? Her unfeminine middle name of Bryant appears to be a surname. Where did it come from? At least one of her children has a middle name that is known to be one of our family surnames. What about a couple of her other children? Where did their surname-sounding middle names come from?  

She appears to have been conscious of and knowledgeable about her family heritage. I wonder, from a Family Forest® perspective, would she have been surprised to learn that I now have her networked through generation-by-generation family ties to the Hollywood star who she welcomed into her living room as Marshall Matt Dillon for twenty years? I wish I could tell her. 

I’ll bet she would be surprised to learn that I have also networked James Arness and his brother Peter Graves to plenty of famous cousins they share though 1600′s ancestors, including Bill Gates, Benjamin “The Signer” Franklin, George Gilder, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Kurt Russell (also appeared in Gunsmoke), Sigourney Weaver, Tuesday Weld, George Plimpton, President John Quincy Adams, Ransom Eli Olds, Jennifer Aniston, both Presidents Bush, Christopher Reeve, Kyra Sedgwick, Edie Sedgwick, Montgomery Clift, Louisa May Alcott, Governor Howard Dean, Emily Dickinson, Hugh Hefner, Dennis Hopper (also appeared in Gunsmoke), Warren Buffett, Howard Hawks, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Mix, Governor Mitt Romney, Tennessee Williams, First Lady Bess Truman, Frederic Remington, President Rutherford B. Hayes, President Grover Cleveland, O. Henry, William “The Signer” Williams, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Pete Seeger, George Kennedy (also appeared in Gunsmoke), Governor Mike Huckabee, Erle Stanley Gardner, Princess Diana, Oliver Platt, Brooke Shields, Meg Whitman, Chase Utley, Governor Sarah Palin, Fred Gwynne, Vice-President Charles Curtis, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Chief Justice William Renhquist, Dick Clark, Dorothy and Lillian Gish, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Frederick Law Olmstead, John Foster Dulles, Spring Byington, Clint Eastwood, Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller, Ted Waitt, Richard Gere, Arne Duncan, Vincent Price, President Gerald Ford, Lee Remick, Archibald Cox, JonBenet Ramsey, and Marilyn Monroe.  

The Family Forest® Project is, among other objectives, Networking Family History with Hollywood™.

 

 

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$100 Million Legacy Released a Century Later

There was an interesting story this week about one of the most unusual wills in American history. It appears that about a century ago, one of the richest men in America must have been very upset with his immediate family.

Hon. Wellington R. Burt, a large timber baron in Michigan, died in 1919 and left his fortune to his family. Nothing unusual about that. But one condition stipulated in the will brought this large legacy into the news in 2011.

Wellington Burt’s fortune was not to be distributed to his family heirs until 21 years after all of his grandchildren who were living in 1919 had died. That condition has just been met, and the $100 to $110 million legacy is about to be released.

You may be surprised to see who has family ties to this history book event. Within the 25,000 plus relatives in the Family Forest kinship report (see question number ten) of Hon. Wellington R. Burt are a number of instantly recognizable names.

Some of the other wealthy Americans are Wall Street icon Warren Buffett (7C3R), AOL founder Steve Case (6C3R), Mrs. King Ranch Henrietta Maria Morse Chamberlain (7C), firearms manufacturer Colonel Samuel Colt (7C), department store heir Marshall Field V (6C3R), Wall Street legend JP Morgan (7C1R), and eBay executive Meg Whitman (7C3R).

Some of the entertainers are Humphrey Bogart (8C1R), Spring Byington (6C2R), Agatha Christie (6C2R), Cindy Crawford (8C4R), Bruce and Laura Dern (8C2R & 8C3R), Jane and Peter Fonda (6C3R), Matthew Fox (6C5R), Dorothy and Lillian Gish (6C4R), Ernest Hemingway (8C2R), Dennis Hopper (6C5R), Tom Mix (6C2R), Anthony Perkins (6C3R), Robert Redford (6C5R), Christopher Reeve (5C4R), Tim Robbins (6C5R), Pat Robertson (7C4R), Tennessee Williams (6C2R), and Jonathan Winters (6C4R).

And some of the politicians are both Presidents Bush (7C2R & 7C3R), Rep. Ed Case (6C3R), Sir Winston Churchill (6C2R), President Grover Cleveland (6C1R), Vice President Charles Curtis (6C1R), Vice President Charles Gates Dawes (7C2R), President Gerald Ford (6C3R), President Richard Nixon (8C3R), Governor Sarah Palin (6C5R), President Franklin Pierce (5C1R), Vice President Nelson Rockefeller (6C3R), Governor Mitt Romney (5C4R), and President William Howard Taft (8C1R).

I am a 7C4R of Hon. Wellington R. Burt, and the Family Forest® is a People-Centered Approach To History®.

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Before there was a U.S.S. Spangler

We recently learned of the U.S.S. Spangler reunion which will be starting on Monday October 25, 2010 in San Antonio, TX.

Prompted by a great visit from Kristine’s cousin Jeannie, both nieces of the Purple Heart recipient the ship was named for, we began reading through a large stack of Uncle Donald’s letters and clippings that were still in the possession of his only living sibling and my outstanding father-in-law, nonagenarian Robert Kent Spangler.

Amid the sorrow of losing so much promise so early, what fun it was! New discoveries led to other new discoveries.

For instance, we found a letter written on the Fourth of July 1943 to Mr. and Mrs. Martin and Myrtle Elizabeth (Blue) Spangler (Donald’s mother, Mrs. Spangler christened the U.S.S. Spangler).

It was from Miss Velma V. Vogelman of Baltimore, MD who knew Donald from his Naval Academy days. She had just learned of his death through LIFE magazine, and she was writing on the anniversary of a significant day.

“On July 4, 1940 he came to Baltimore and spent the day with me and my parents. This day I shall always remember as one of the happiest in my life. He spoke often of his home and parents and how he would have enjoyed spending that particular day with you in Albion, Ind.”

We had never heard of a mention of Uncle Donald in LIFE. So we used Google Books and quickly found it in print in the July 5, 1943 issue on page 21.

We’re looking forward to following up on other discoveries from the letters and clippings. What other interesting insights to history are waiting to be found?

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Virkus Clarification and Correction

Those of you who are unfamiliar with Virkus’ The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy (later The Compendium of American Genealogy) should know what it is and what it isn’t, what’s wrong with it, and if there are any redeeming qualities.

In short, you should know the truth about it, and far more importantly, what’s been done to it recently since it was published more than a half century ago. 

This massive work in seven volumes, published over a decade and a half between the 1920’s and the 1940’s, maps out verbally an enormously large swath of generation-by-generation American family history over basically a three century period. 

Despite the potential ancestral history value that promises, and the fact that it is the one genealogy resource that can be found in most libraries, conventional wisdom these days says that it should be avoided like the plague. 

It has been known for a long time that it contains many errors, but I’ve never seen anyone quantify that statement. Is it 30% errors? 40%? 50%? The much lower answer may surprise you. 

But what if the correct answer was that it contains 50% errors? That would mean that one out of every two statements or dates is wrong. 

The glass-half-empty thinkers will say this massive genealogy resource is useless. The glass-half-full thinkers will say “Wow! Wouldn’t it be great if we knew which half of this massive genealogy resource is correct?” 

Highly respected genealogist Donald Lines Jacobus said about it “because of the high proportion of known errors, conscientious genealogists do not use statements in this work without verification.” 

“It is often a useful reference work for those who know how to use it properly” he went on to say. 

Suppose a conscientious person with Mensa-level intelligence spent 15 years digitally indexing, in lineage-linked format, the Virkus collection along with hundreds of other books and periodicals, filtering out annoying and confusing duplication, error checking each entry against everything else that had been previously entered, and connecting them to each other wherever appropriate? 

There’s no need to imagine the enormous upgrade in quality and usability that has already happened to Virkus’ massive work (as well as to hundreds of other books and periodicals, including many from NEHGS and NYGBR). Just explore for yourself in the National Treasure.

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Lost Cousin links to Ancestral Mother

I pulled up a 30-generation ancestor chart last night for my “Lost” cousin, Matthew Fox, to see if he has ancestral pathways into the new Robin Hood movie, and indeed he does. 

Right away I saw one of his ancestral pathways to one of my favorite ancestral mothers, who is portrayed in Robin Hood. Then I saw another, and another, and another. By the time I finished counting, I found that Matthew has at least 48 different ancestral pathways to Eleanor of Aquitaine in the Family Forest® National Treasure. 

There are 16 through King John (son of Eleanor by King Henry II), 30 through Eleanor (daughter of Eleanor by King Henry II), and two through Mary (daughter of Eleanor by King Louis VII of France). 

Seeing these types of connections all the time does not keep me from being surprised by new ones I am continually discovering in the Family Forest®. 

The Family Forest® Project is Networking Family History with Hollywood™, as well as with American and Old World history.

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Civil War Hero to Receive Overdue Medal

Associated Press reported yesterday on an American heroism story that was 147 years in the making. It actually relates personally, literally, to many Americans. 

Alonzo Hereford Cushing has finally been approved to receive the Medal of Honor, 147 years after he fell in battle at Gettysburg. It’s been known for a long time that his actions were worthy of praise. 

Alonzo was the subject of a poem entitled “The Last Man At His Guns” that appeared in an 1895 book by Henry Stevenson Washburn called “The Vacant Chair and Other Poems.” 

I ran a Family Forest® kinship for Alonzo to see who he is known to be related to. There were over 37,000 people, including a very wide range of Americans, mostly everyday people, and some famous. 

They include President Abraham Lincoln (7C), Major-General John Sedgwick who was also at Gettysburg (6C), President U.S. Grant (6C2R), potential California governor Meg Whitman (6C3R), New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. (5C6R), Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster (6C5R), baseball star Chase Utley (6C5R), Hollywood icon Raquel Welch (9C3R), astronaut Alan Shepard (6C4R), Admiral Dennis Blair (9C3R), Admiral George Dewey (7C2R), Vice President Aaron Burr (5C4R), both Presidents Bush (6C4R and 6C5R), President Grover Cleveland (6C), Vice President Charles Dawes (9C), President Millard Filmore (7C2R), President Gerald Ford (7C1R), President Herbert Hoover (6C3R), Orville and Wilbur Wright (6C2R), Admiral Richard Worsham Meade (6C), Samuel Holden Parsons who was a Major General in the American Revolution (Half 2C3R), other Revolutionary Generals Elisha Porter (3C5R) and Moses Porter (4C4R), and Civil War Generals Montgomery Cunningham Meigs (5C1R), Charles Edward Phelps (6C3R), Walter Cass Newberry (7C2R), Charles Jackson Paine (5C), Edward Porter Alexander (Half 5C), and William Tecumseh Sherman (6C1R). 

Kinship reports like these illustrate the fact that the Family Forest® can connect more families personally, through actual family ties, to more of the people, places, and events in American and Old World history than any other resource.

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Sarah Jessica Parker on Who Do You Think You Are?

I highly recommend this great program for everyone. It gives an excellent preview of the positive life enriching discoveries waiting to be found by each person who seeks to know about the bigger picture of where we came from. 

More importantly from a Family Forest® perspective, if you liked this show, you’ll love the Family Forest® National Treasure Edition. It picks up where the show leaves off. 

For instance, consider just one of the intersections in Sarah Jessica Parker’s ancestry which was discussed in the program. His name is Samuel Elwell and he is PIN 327364 in the National Treasure. 

Not only is he one of Sarah Jessica Parker’s ancestors, but according to the  recorded history already mapped out in the National Treasure, he is one of the 5th-great-grandfathers of Norman Rockwell. 

As much as Sarah Jessica Parker seemed to enjoy the feeling of being American that she gained from her ancestral discoveries, she should be elated to know that she shares Elwell ancestors with the person who personified Americans for decades, Norman Rockwell. 

A much bigger surprise still awaits Sarah Jessica Parker and her Mom (Will someone please let them know?). According to recorded history, the wife of their Samuel Elwell is Mary Jones, daughter of Isaac and Deborah (Clark or Clarke) Jones. 

Mary’s 20-generation ancestor view in the National Treasure pulls up a chart that anyone should be proud to claim as their own. I know, I’m speaking from personal experience, as parts of her ancestor chart I recognize as also my own. 

This one map of some of the ancestral pathways of Sarah Jessica Parker covers some extremely interesting human history that Hollywood has been making great films of for decades. These include some of her ancestors in Braveheart and The Lion in Winter, one of which was portrayed by our Oscar-winning cousin. 

Sarah Jessica Parker and her Mom can now watch a famous movie of our cousin portraying our ancestor. This is an example of why we say that the Family Forest® is Networking Family History with Hollywood.™ 

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Lost Mad Men

What do the two hit TV series Lost and Mad Men have in common? 

One answer is Dwayne Shattuck. The other answer is networked family ties in the new Family Forest® National Treasure Edition. 

Hollywood director and producer Dwayne Shattuck and his sister, Hollywood actress and best-selling author Shari Shattuck are first cousins once removed of a good friend of mine here on the Big Island, and they are related to the Angel of the Battlefield and founder of the American Red Cross (ARC), Clara Barton. They also all share Shattuck ancestors with famous Hollywood actor Matt Damon

A recent character on Mad Men has been Conrad Hilton, great-grandfather of Paris Hilton Paris shares Duvall ancestors with Wallis Warfield, Duchess of Windsor, President Harry Truman, VP Dick Cheney, Lonesome Dove star Robert Duvall, and President Obama

Lost co-star Matthew Fox is a distant cousin of mine. He shares Willard ancestors with Hollywood actress Carole Lombard, and author John Steinbeck. He shares Hubbard ancestors with US Education Secretary Arne Duncan , presidential hopeful Sarah Palin and also famous Hollywood actor Matt Damon

Matthew Fox is also said to be a descendant of the victor of the Battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War, Major-General George Gordon Meade. 

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 you.

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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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