This past week I found an app that I have become completely obsessed with. It’s called We’re Related and it’s by Ancestry.com. The app allows you to add your family tree and it shows you which of your Facebook friends(who also have the app installed and have added their tree) and which celebrities that you share a common ancestor with. For example, I found out that Lady Gaga is my 9th cousin and Marilyn Monroe was my 8th cousin 2x removed.
My favorite feature though isn’t as much seeing which celebrities I’m related to(although that’s pretty cool) but it’s seeing the path going back to the common ancestor that shows several generations of my direct ancestors. From there I can look up the names and birth/death dates and sometimes find really cool information about my ancestors. I learned that my great(times 7) grandfather, Alexander White, served in the Revolutionary War and had a home in NJ called “White Hall” and that George Washington once stayed there and William Henry Harrison also spent time there on the campaign trail and did a speech on the grounds. How cool is that?
You can add multiple family trees which comes in handy when it comes to adoptions, etc… I have a tree for my biological father and another tree with info for my adoptive father(who has ties to President McKinley)
I’ve learned a lot from this app in just a few days of using it and periodically it send updates with new possible celebrity relatives and Facebook friend relatives. It’s definitely worth a download and it’s a lot of fun.
Have you done any genealogy research of your own? What interesting facts have you learned?