Which Participant in the Harlem Renaissance Are You Most Closely Connected To?

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This week's Example Profile of the Week is Harlem Renaissance artist Romare Bearden, born on this day in 1911. Featured alongside him are these other notables from Harlem Renaissance era:

Who are you most closely connected to? If you're one of the 20,260,000 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: Romare Bearden
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (575k points)
reshown by Chris Whitten
21 degrees each from Langston Hughes and Cab Calloway.  Usually when an African-American is featured, I'm 30+ or 40+ degrees away (I was also that far away for Graham Chapman, despite primarily Anglo origins), so this is impressive.

19 Answers

+13 votes

What a fun question!  Thank you for sharing these beautiful profiles!  I had a lot of fun with the connection finder. 

Best, Janet

by Janet Clifton G2G6 Mach 5 (55.8k points)

So cool!

+13 votes
Hi-De-Ho...Hi-De-Hi! Cab Calloway and I are 22 Degrees and 14th cousins twice removed with shared ancestor John Epes. I've loved Cab Calloway since I was a kid and my grandmother would sing along to Minnie the Moocher!

and...Dream NOT Deferred! Langston Hughes and I are 21 Degrees and 17th cousins twice removed through shared ancestor Edmund FitzAlan.
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (731k points)
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Cab Calloway and I are 11th cousins once removed.  Langston Hughes and I are 11th cousins 3 times removed.
by Peggy Moss G2G6 Mach 2 (23.5k points)
I have similar. Cab Calloway and I are 12th cousins, once removed and of course, Langston Hughes and I are 12th cousins, three times removed.
Peggy, you had genealogical relationships to the same two individuals I did. So I had the "relationship finder" run to see if I had a genealogical relationship to you and found that we are 20th cousins.

Peggy (Haskell) Moss and Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz are 8th cousins once removed.

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Closest "connection" is to Jean Toomer--17 degrees. I located a preview of a biography of him (The Lives of Jean Toomer) in Google books and read a bit of it. From what I read, he had a fascinating ancestry and upbringing.

I had two genealogical "relationships"--to Langston Hughes (19th cousins 4x removed) and to Cab Calloway (21st cousins 2x removed.)

by Nelda Spires G2G6 Pilot (466k points)
+9 votes

I am 

  • 24 degrees from Marian Anderson (Ruckermffff, Ruckerb,son(2), Jarrellw, Jarrellb, Farleyw, Farleyb,son, Burtw, Burtb, BrickerwKissellmf, KissellsisBuchson(5))
  • 24 degrees from Cabell Calloway (Callowayff, Callawaysis, Hubardh, Hubardb, TaylorwLeiperm, Leiperb,son(2), Marleyw, Marleyb, EntwMartzmfYerianmLeibym, Leibyb,son,dQuigleyson,dBuchson(2))
  • 24 degrees from Langston Hughes (LangstonmfQuarlesf, Quarlesb, TriggwffClarkem, ClarkebClarksonClarkesonClarkson, StraderwfStauffermKieselm, KieselbKissellson,dBuchson(5))
  • 24 degrees from Jean Toomer (Pinchbackmff, Pinchbacksis, HolemanhHolmanf, Holemanb, Wilcoxsonw, Buseyb, Buseyb,son(2), FellerswDunklemfDunkelfLeibym, Leibyb,son,dQuigleyson,dBuchson(2))
  • 30 degrees from Romare Bearden (Beardenfb, Millerw, Alstonson, Loganw, Huntmffff, Aventw,sis, Foxd, Johnsond, Maynardson, Mullinsw, Newsomem, Hollarsb/Hollerf/Hellerb, Bollanderw, Leibym,b,son(2),d, Quigleyson,d, Buchson(2))
  • 31 degrees from Arna Bontemps (Bontempsf, Lisbergw, Lisbergsis, Bahamhfff, Bahamb,son,d, FoilhfSalmonmWheelerm, WheelersisPenningtond, Ellisonh, EllisonsisPauldBallardd, Burth, Burtb, BrickerwKissellmf, KissellsisBuchson(5))
  • 34 degrees from Duke Ellington (Ellingtonson, Earlyw, PrivatehLettffff, LettbdManueldWalkerd, LeehfffCoxm, HallhWhitem, WhitebdFosterd, Farleyh, Farleyb, Burtw, Burtb, BrickerwKissellmf, KissellsisBuchson(5))
  • 42 degrees from Josephine Baker (Bouillonh, BouillonbPrivated, PrivatehMarseulffffEstard de Bascardonm, Estard de BascardonbdRoullet de La BouilleriedQuatrebarbesdRoullet de La Bouillerieson(2), Carvallow, Le Peletier de RosanbohGanaymfRidgwaymf, Ridgwaysis, Rushhf, Rushbd, Comerhf, Gaumerb, Egnerw, Egnerb, Romigwf, Romigb, Kieselw, KissellbdBuchson(5))
by Tommy Buch G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
edited by Tommy Buch
+10 votes
Cousins to Langston Hughes and Cab Calloway..  I always enjoy these connections and relationship finders.
by James Mykytuik G2G1 (1.4k points)
+10 votes
Countée Cullen 18 degrees.

Marian Anderson 21 degrees.

Cabell Calloway 22 degrees 13th cousins once removed descendants of Robert Tailboys Tailboys-39 2 common ancestors.

Langston Hughes 23 degrees 15th cousins twice removed descendants of William Mallory Mallory-8 248 common ancestors.

Jean Toomer 23 degrees.

Arna Bontemps 24 degrees.

Romare Bearden 27 degrees.

Duke Ellington 32 degrees.

Josephine Baker 40 degrees.

Beverly Benfer 21 degrees.
by Mildred Gillett G2G6 Mach 3 (39.1k points)
+10 votes
11th cousin once removed with Cab Calloway!
by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Pilot (126k points)
+9 votes
Langston Hughes  11th cousin 3xR  and 13th cousin 5xR to my wife.......Cab Calloway  15th cousin 1xR  and 14th cousin 3xR to my wife.
by John Thompson G2G6 Pilot (259k points)
+9 votes
I only ran the genealogical finder:

1. Cab and Fann are 8th cousins, once removed.

2. The only other relationship was Langston: 11th cousins, 4x removed.

I might have a relationship to Countée, but his Porter father and grandfather either don't have profiles or couldn't be matched. From my read of his profile, it looks like both his father and grandfather have enough data to create their profiles.

Thanks for featuring the Harlem Renaissance!
by Porter Fann G2G6 Mach 6 (66.9k points)
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BTW: Langston and Cab are 13th cousins, 5x removed (uncertain), and 16 degrees of separation between them, which explains why so many of us find a genealogical relationship to them together, when one exists, but also more than 300 ancestors in common within 30 generations.
by Porter Fann G2G6 Mach 6 (66.9k points)
+7 votes
Cab Calloway is my 19th cousin once removed.

Langston Hughes is my 19th cousin three times removed.
by Stephanie Corwin G2G1 (1.3k points)
+7 votes
8th Cousin 2x removed of Cab Calloway.

12th cousin 4x removed of Langston Hughes.

Both previously unknown connections. Thanks for the Q, Abby.
by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (260k points)
+6 votes
18 degrees from Langston Hughes, and 19 degrees from Cab Calloway and Marian Anderson.
by Dave Shaffer G2G6 (7.2k points)
+6 votes


Cabell "Cab" Calloway III and Patty are 10th cousins – 15 degrees

James Mercer (Langston) Hughes and Patty are 10th cousins four times removed – 18 degrees

by Patty LaPlante G2G6 Pilot (136k points)
+6 votes
My closest connection is to Langston Hughes, who is my 11th cousin 3 times removed. We are connected through John Norton, born 1458, Yorkshire, England. Langston's ancestor Roger Mallory, born in 1637 England immigrated to Virginia. Roger is in the Magna Carta Project listed as a gateway ancestor. I didn't know who Langston was before this exercise.
by Marilyn Kenyon G2G6 Mach 2 (21.4k points)
+3 votes

31 degrees from Romare Bearden
27 degrees from Jean Toomer
33 degrees from Cab Callaway
26 degrees from Marian Anderson
30 degrees from Countee Cullen
32 degrees from Arna Bontemps
43 degrees from Josephine Baker
36 degrees from Duke Ellington
27 degrees from Langston Hughes

by Roy Tonkin G2G6 Pilot (356k points)
+1 vote

Closest is Langston Hughes who is a 16th cousin 5x removed. 

by Cindy Alexander G2G6 Mach 1 (13.1k points)

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