According to the site Relativefinder.org, I have 80 authors in my family tree. I haven't looked into all of them, but I have found some that don't compute. Nevertheless, I know pretty certainly that I have the rather well-known lexicographer Noah Webster as a fourth cousin six times removed. (My mother was a Webster who I could trace back to Gov. John Webster of Conn.) That connection also takes me to another contemporary author who is very much alive: Margaret Atwood. Proud of that connection! BTW, I am an author as well, just not of the same caliber as my cousin Margaret. I have had many short stories published, written in German, and I have self-published a novel (in English), The Peace Bridge.