Which Christmas Crooner are you most closely connected to?

+20 votes

This week's Example Profile of the Week is Bing Crosby, star in several Christmas-themed movies and crooner of numerous Christmas carols and tunes.

Featured alongside him are other Christmas crooners:

Who are you most closely connected to? If you're one of the 21,213,000 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? Your Relationship Finder Quick Links page (see your profile pull-down menu under "Relationships") has quick links for several notable groups.

Let us know below!

P.S. Help us choose and improve profiles for next week's feature for Game Show Hosts and Companions!

WikiTree profile: Bing Crosby
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (426k points)
reshown by Chris Whitten

I love doing these relationship checks. What fun! I discovered three things: 1) Burl Ives is my 7th cousin 3xs removed, 2) Rosemary Clooney is my 10th cousin, and 3) Bing Crosby JR is my 9th cousin 3xs removed! Merry Christmas! And, p.s. I can't sing a note. I guess I didn't end up with any of the singing dna! smiley

I am connected to Nat King Cole, Gene Autrey and Rosemary Clooney according to Wikitree relationships. Had no idea!
I came out 4th cousin 2x removed to Nat King Cole who I love. Think thete may be a. Error though the path is showing James Cole Jr as the son of James Cole Jr.

My tree has Mark Sr son of James Jr, Son of Stephen Cole. I will recheck for sources. Thank you!
Burl Ives and Gene Autry, both 17 degrees.

18 degrees from Burl Ives.

Others: Gene Autry & Nat King Cole, 20; Rosemary Clooney & Frank Sinatra, 21; Dean Martin, 23; Ella Fitzgerald, 25; Yves Montand, 27.

28 Answers

+12 votes
I am most closely connected to Nat King Cole and Burl Ives at 26 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Mach 7 (71.3k points)
Me  too, at 26 and 27 degrees, respectively.
Why this answer is better than anyone else's? I wish every
Best Answer star had to be accompanied by an explanation. (Are you listening, Santa Claus?)
Joyce, I agree and I assume that the person who awarded this did it by mistake so I have removed it.
+11 votes
Nat King Cole at 16 degrees.
by Nelda Spires G2G6 Pilot (269k points)
Did you check relationship finder too? Sometimes a closer connection means you may be related as well. My connection to Nat was 11 but he came up 4th cousins 2x removed. I put this on because it would be good to compare dna as well.
The genealogical relationship is pretty distant--16th cousins twice removed.
+12 votes
Ella Fitzgerald is 24 Degrees from Sandra Vines
Burl Ives is 16 Degrees from Sandra Vines
Yves Livi is 33 Degrees from Sandra Vines
Nathaniel Coles is 17 Degrees from Sandra Vines
Dino Crocetti is 18 Degrees from Sandra Vines
Gene Autry is 16 Degrees from Sandra Vines
Rosemary Clooney is 21 Degrees from Sandra Vines
Frank Sinatra is 19 Degrees from Sandra Vines
Bing Crosby is 19 Degrees from Sandra Vines
by Sandra Vines G2G6 Mach 4 (48.2k points)
+12 votes
15 degrees from Nat King Cole (14th cousin, 4x removed MRCA John Cole b 1430)
20 degrees from Burl Ives (7th cousins, 6x removed MRCA Nathaniel Marriman b. 1613)
20 degrees from Bing Crosby (10th cousins, 1x removed MRCA Henry Dunster b. 1592)
21 degrees from Dean Martin
21 degrees from Gene Autry (16th cousins, 3x removed MRCA Edmond de Cornwall b. 1382)
22 degrees from Frank Sinatra
23 degrees from Rosemary Clooney (22nd cousins, 2x removed MRCA Alexander Comyn Knt b. 1217)
26 degrees from Ella Fitzgerald
31 degrees from Yves Montand
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 3 (32.3k points)
I am related to Nat King too through James Cole.
+12 votes
Wow! I'm only 10 degrees from Bing Crosby. Dixie Lee Wyatt was born 50 miles from my paternal grandmother, her third cousin.
by Karen Lowe G2G6 Pilot (133k points)
Did you check relationships? I was 11 degrees from Nat King Coles and relationships shows him as 4th cousin 2x removed.
I enjoy the Connection Finder more, but can find time to check the Relationship Finder too.
+11 votes

I am most closely connected to Burl Ives at 19 degrees. We are also 11th cousins three times removed.

by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Mach 5 (54.4k points)
I'm also most closely related to Burl Ives at 18 degrees. We are 11th cousins too! I always thought we shared a birthday, but I see it's just a Zodiac sign. Ho hum.

We are 12th cousins.
+11 votes
18 degrees from Gene Autry. 18th cousin once removed. MRCA Thomas de Ros (1337 - 1384)

20 degrees from Rosemary Clooney. 9th cousin once removed. MRCA Robert Woodson (abt 1654 - abt 1707)

18 degrees from Nat King Cole. 13th cousin 4 times removed. Uncertainty and through the Watson line I think doubtful. MRCA James Stewart (1473 - 1513)

22 degrees from Bing Crosby. 16th cousin 2 times removed. Uncertainty on both ends. MRCA John Stewart (abt 1440 - 1512)

23 degrees from Ella Fitzgerald.

16 degrees from Burl Ives. 14th cousin 2 times removed. MRCA Thomas Erisey (1422 - 1487)

33 degrees from Yve Montand.

21 degrees from Dean Martin.

20 degrees from Frank Sinatra.
by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 1 (16.6k points)
+10 votes
16 degrees from Gene Autry.  My Hero!

Actual cousins too, 18th I think it is but with an uncertain confidence.

Also like 17th with Bing and 19th with Burl Ives also with uncertain confidence.
by Paula Franklin G2G6 Mach 3 (38.7k points)
+9 votes
My closest crooner is a distant 21 degrees, Crankie Frankie, Frank Sinatra.
by Kenneth Evans G2G6 Pilot (156k points)
+10 votes
12 steps and 5th cousin once removed to Gene Autry.  It's the first one of these that has ever revealed an actual relationship.
by Amy Garber G2G6 (8.7k points)
+10 votes
Frank Sinatra for me at 21

My late mother would have been smiling if she was still here for me to tell her that - she had a soft spot for him (although apparently he sang some of the Christmas songs too slow - Mum always maintained Dad sang them at a better speed)
by Rosalie Neve G2G6 Mach 5 (55.3k points)
+8 votes
Closest to Yves Montand at 22 degrees. Burl Ives is next, at 23.

I really enjoy this feature - and it's particularly useful to check, whenever someone linked to France is featured, if my connection to them remains in France or crosses the Atlantic!
by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (394k points)
+8 votes
I am 19 degrees away from both Gene Autry and Burl Ives. Also, the key connection for both is through my Bulla ancestry. I think I have Cox researchers to thank for the Burl Ives connections.

As well, I show as a ninth cousin twice removed to Burl Ives.

My perennial connection through Ella Oldham's marriage to my GGgrandfather Alonzo Philabaum connects me at 21 to Nat King Cole, and 23 degrees to Dean Martin. (What would I do without her?)
by Dina Grozev G2G6 Mach 6 (63.2k points)
+6 votes
Several cousinship crooners!

19 degrees from der Bingle: 12th cousins 2X removed MRCA Robert Lincoln

19 degrees from Burl Ives: 8th cousins 4X removed MRCA William Gillett

20 degrees from Frank Sinatra

21 degrees from Dean Martin

21 degrees from Gene Autry: 10th cousins direct MRCA Stephen Fosdick

22 degrees from Nat King Cole: 21st cousins 1X removed MRCA Robert de Holland

23 degrees from Rosie Clooney: 16th cousins direct MRCA John Epes

26 degrees from Ella Fitzgerald

32 degrees from Yves Montand
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (391k points)
+7 votes

I am closest to Burl Ives -- 15 degrees, ninth cousins.  John Proctor, Sr. is 8th G-grandfather to both of us.

by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (858k points)
+6 votes
Burl Ives at 19 degrees.  Not going to lie, I was hoping to be closer to Bing Crosby (22 degrees) because White Christmas is my all time favorite Christmas movie!
by Jessica Symons G2G6 (6.5k points)
+6 votes
My closest connection is my 6th cousin, Burl Ives, at 13 degrees, and my furthest connection is Yves Montand, at 32 degrees.
by Jennifer Bello G2G2 (2.5k points)
+5 votes

I’m most closely connected to Bing Crosby (15 degrees) through my early New England ancestors. 
 15 degrees from Bing Crosby21 degrees from Burl Ives23 degrees from Dean Martin and Nat King Cole;  24 degrees from Gene AutryRosemary Clooney, and Frank Sinatra28 degrees from Ella Fitzgeraldand 30 degrees from Yves Montand. 

by Kathy Carroll G2G4 (4.6k points)
+4 votes
by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (985k points)

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