Which Thriller Novelist Are You Most Closely Connected To?

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This week's Example Profile of the Week is Canadian Governor General and author John Buchan, born on this day in 1875. Featured alongside him are these other thriller novelists:

Who are you most closely connected to? If you're one of the 20,214,000 of us who are connected to each other on our big tree you can check with the Connection Finder.

You can also check for shared ancestors with the Relationship Finder. Are you a cousin to any of them?

Let us know below!

WikiTree profile: John Buchan
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (406k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

Not related to any of them .. and the closest connection is 20 steps to Wilkie Collins.

The rest are mid-20s to 29.

Dashiel Hammett is my 11th cousin (both descended from Henry Howland Sr.) and closest connection, at 19 degrees. I am 20 degrees from Robert Stevenson and Raymond Chandler. Thanks for doing this!
I noticed that two Connection paths included the same family, so I checked - although not through my family line, Raymond Chandler and Robert Lewis Stevenson are 23 degrees apart.

Too cool!

17 Answers

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by Tommy Buch G2G6 Mach 5 (53.9k points)
Why use the word "degrees" - surely there is a more appropriate word like steps, points, relatives, lines, rungs, tiers, gaps, roots, branches or even twigs!

Actually though, now I seek out an appropriate word, it is harder than I thought but "degrees" just doesn't sit comfortably as a description for me anyway but I would go for "lines" or "steps".
Six degrees of separation.
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With the new functionality of the connection finder, where you can check your connections to anyone, your work with the Profile of the Week has become huge!! Thank you to Abby and all who make such an effort with this.

My closest connection of those novelists is John Buchan, 20 degrees.

I just love to be able to check connections to other members smiley even if we are usually far far off laugh.

by Maria Lundholm G2G6 Mach 7 (74.6k points)
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I want to know who among our members are exactly 39 steps from John Buchan!!

(Not me, I am 22 steps from Buchan.)

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Great idea!

John Buchan is well-connected, it seems.

Gaile Connolly, who has frequently commented on how hard it was for her to find connections to the tree, is 34 steps from Buchan.

And Aleš Trtnik, who I think also was hard to connect, is only 31 steps away.

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I am connected to myself so I have zero degrees! PS I wrote the autobiographical thriller "Beyond Enkription". The book, the first in a series of spy novels awaiting publication, was published by The Burlington Files Limited and is available in any format at Amazon worldwide and in hard back at most posh bookshops. Certain Amazon customers may be able to get the eBook for free. I hope you enjoy it ... I did ... so far so good!
by Bill Fairclough G2G3 (3.3k points)
edited by Bill Fairclough
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19 degrees from Dashiell Hammett, 19 from John Buchan, 20 from Robert Louis Stevenson, 20 from Wilkie Collins, 22 from Tony Hillerman, 23 from Raymond Chandler, 24 from Alexandre Dumas, 24 from I Speed, 26 from Joan Lindsay, 29 from Ngaio March

But only blood relationships are: 10th cousins once removed from Dashiell Hammett, 17th cousins once removed from I Speed, and 22d cousins with Robert Louis Stevenson.

by Chase Ashley G2G6 Pilot (189k points)
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Frederick Major Paull Knott (Knott-863) was the playwright who wrote "Dial M for Murder" and is my 4th cousin
by Norman Bishop G2G1 (1.6k points)
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I am 20 degrees from Robert Louis Stevenson.  Less than 30 degrees from the rest of the list.
by Kathryn Hale G2G6 (7.3k points)
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I'm 1 degree from Milton Michael Raison, a published mystery writer, poet, Hollywood screenwriter in the 40's - 60's.
by Susan Solinsky G2G Crew (350 points)
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by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (305k points)
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I am most closely connected to Ngaio Marsh at 21 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Mach 5 (57k points)
I too am also 21 degrees from Ngaio Marsh. She is my cloest.

My Canadian born spouse is 18 degrees from Tony Hillerman.

Tony's fathers sister in law is actually distantly related to my spouse!!
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17 degrees from RLS trough my wife, otherwise, 18th cousin twice removed........As for John Buchan, 14 degrees through my 3rd great grand mother who was, also, 1st cousin once removed to the first Governor General and his wife, being as they were both 1st cousins.
by John Thompson G2G6 Mach 4 (47.1k points)
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Closest is 21 to Dashiell Hammett. Related to none.
by Eileen Jones G2G1 (1.1k points)
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Robert Stevenson 19 degrees  Robert and Mildred are 18th cousins three times removed and are descendants of Richard (Burgh) de Burgh Knt Burgh-13.  174 common ancestors.

Dashiell Hammett 20 degrees.

Joan Lindsay 21 degrees.

Raymond Chandler 21 degrees.

John Buchan 22 degrees.  Relationship to his wife Susan Charlotte (Grosvenor) Grosvenor-235.  Susan and Mildred are 13th cousins once removed.  Descendants of Randle Grosvenor Grosvenor-7. Four common ancestors.

Wilkie Collins 23 degrees.

Tony Hillerman 24 degrees.

Alexandre Dumas 27 degrees.

Ngaio Marsh 31 degrees.

I Speed 23 degrees.  17th cousins twice removed descendants of Ralph (Lumley) de Lumley Lumley-45.   285 common ancestors.
by Mildred Gillett G2G3 (3.2k points)
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Samuel Dashiell Hammett is my 11th cousin once removed.

Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson is my 23rd cousin once removed.
ago by Stephanie Corwin G2G1 (1k points)
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Robert Louis Stevenson at 22 steps.
ago by Susan Keil G2G6 Mach 5 (50.6k points)
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I am 16 degrees from Wilkie Collins, which is a surprise.
ago by Kevin Sweet G2G6 (8.1k points)
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I just had a look at Charles Dickens, I am 14 degrees.

I know that's not direct or even closely related, but close in degrees to two of the best authors of all time is great.
ago by Kevin Sweet G2G6 (8.1k points)

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