Im still growing my tree but something I have always known about and is a terribly unfortunate way to be famous ,...is the relation to Elizabeth Short aka The Black Dahlia.
My grand mother is her second cousin.
Their grandmothers were sisters.
Im sure if you havent heard of her if you google her you will get pages and pages of stuff.
I never really thought to find out about famous relations. Although it would be interesting. If they are not in my direct line or a sibling of my direct line I wouldnt consider it a relation.
I don't know if this counts as famous (Ok, I KNOW it doesn't), but it's the best I've got. My great great grandfather was the 8th Mayor of Mitchell, South Dakota in 1892 and cut the ribbon for the first Corn Palace. (Woo Hoo!)
My boyfriend claims you can trace his mom's line back to Spanish Royalty, but I'm skeptical.
With time I'm sure I'll find an 8th cousin 10 times removed who's got a claim to fame somewhere. ;-) Or maybe I'll become the famous link! ;-)
I agree with Anita. All of our ancestors are equally important, even if they are unknown to everyone else. Without any one of them, we wouldn't be here.
My great-grandfather worked his way up from a printer's apprentice to the owner and publisher of the Tracy Weekly Trumpet, a small town paper he founded in rural Southwest Minnesota in 1894. He was never famous, but he was a successful businessman who owned real estate in the town of Tracy and was also the founder of the Houston Pen Company, which was the first manufacturer of fountain pens. He later sold the company and it was relocated to Iowa. He retired to Florida in 1922, when retirement in Florida was just becoming popular with the wealthy.
When I was a little girl and my Mom would come in to say "good night", I use to say "good night Lucy". My Mom looked a lot like Lucille Ball at the time. Decades later after many years of researching my Mom's side of the family I discovered that she was a distant cousin of Lucy's, through Lucy's mother's line.