06 August 2017

We’re Related – Or, Are We?

We’re Related is an app connected to Ancestry.com.  It is available through iTunes and Google Play.  I learned about this app from a post on GeneaMusings.  It is a great site!

It searches through the trees on the Ancestry website to find connections between the various trees to help you find more relatives.  It shows famous potential relatives as well as your Facebook friends if they have a tree on Ancestry.com

It has not shown me any common ancestors with Facebook friends yet (apparently none of my Facebook friends have family trees on Ancestry), but it shows me at least one famous potential relative each day.

We’re Related – Or, Are We? is going to be a weekly posting sharing with you the potential relatives that Ancestry has shown me via their We’re Related app. All of these are *potential* relatives.  None of the relationships have been proven or confirmed yet.

As I am able to prove or disprove each potential relationship, I will make a post about what I find and will cross-link the posts.


Week of July 30-August 5, 2017


Potential Relative Common Ancestor Great-grandparent Connection
Larry Page Eleanor Willis W. P. Fowler
Dick Clark Thomasine Constable J. J. Pressley
Maggie Gyllenhaal Henry Pendleton J. J. Pressley
James Buchanan Eleanor Helen Hay Callie James
Don Henley Private J. J. Pressley
Cecil B. DeMille John Waterbury J. J. Pressley
John Mellencamp Grace Achelly Annie Black

Out of all of the interesting people on this list, I think the coolest one of all is Dick Clark.  His New Year’s Rockin’ Eve was an event that I looked forward to for most of my life.  I sure do miss him!


  1. DeMille, Melencamp and Dick Clark! Wow. Dick Clark was great on American Bandstand as well. The perpetual teenager! Wonder how many of these will turn out to be true family? How can you have a common ancestor and not be related? I suppose it is a matter of proving they really were an ancestor and that it is the same exact person?

    1. Oh yeah. I loved to watch American Bandstand, and Soul Train, too. I was an eclectic kid and still am. :)

      Yes, exactly. I think that sometimes it will bear out that the alleged common ancestor is not really our common ancestor. There are many folks out there with the same name and birth/death dates and places, so it is very easy to get one person confused with another. Like with Andrew and Annie Black Gunter (my paternal-paternal great-grandparents)...they were married in Georgia, but there was also another Andy and Annie Gunter there, too. It has been all sorts of fun trying to sort those records out!

      I have to work my way up my tree to the alleged common ancestor and then down through the names given to me by the app on the other person's side and also search their tree going from them back to that common ancestor. So far, I've only proven kinship to one and that was to former Senator John Edwards.

      There are many that I hope bear out to be actual kin. It is a fun adventure, regardless. :)

      Have a blessed day.


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