Which "It's All Relative" notable are you most closely connected to?

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This week's Example Profile of the Week is AJ Jacobs, author and human guinea pig, and first genealogy guest star in the 2021 WikiTree Challenge

Featured alongside him are some of the people he mentions in his book on family, It's All Relative:

Who are you most closely connected to? If you're one of the 21,357,000 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 cartoonists and animators!

WikiTree profile: AJ Jacobs
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (426k points)
reshown by Chris Whitten
George HW Bush 10th cousin 2x removed

Alex Haley 22nd cousin

19 degrees from President George H.W. Bush

33 degrees from Albert Einstein

18 degrees from Martin Luther King, Jr.

18 degrees from Alex Haley

22 degrees from Ayn Rand

17 degrees from Pocahontas

28 degrees from Douglas Adams

39 degrees from Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi

Here are my top four:

have connections to them all per connection finder, the 2 closest being Pocahontas and George H.W. Bush at 22 (both of them).  None of them blood relations.

20 degrees from George Bush, 11th Cousins, Uncertain

25 degrees from Martin King, 16th Cousins 1X removed, Uncertain

21 degrees from Alex Haley, 18th Cousins, 3X removed, Uncertain

18 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe

24 degrees from AJ Jacobs

39 Answers

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I am most closely connected to Pocahontas at 22 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Mach 7 (71.3k points)
+7 votes

21 degrees from AJ Jacobs

31 degrees from Douglas Adams

42 degrees from Auguste Bartholdi

18 degrees from George Bush

33 degrees from Albert Einstein 

19 degrees from Alex Haley

20 degrees from Martin King

16 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe

21 degrees from Ayn Rand

16 degrees from Ben Molesworth

I am closer to Pocahontas and Ben Molesworth

by Dallace Moore G2G6 Mach 8 (83.3k points)

Yay  Dallace,  and Ben,  from cousins Kathy and Jack smiley .......Grammas ;  Elizabeth   and    Isabel  ........if not mistaken.

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Apparently I'm a blood relation to Alex Haley and George Bush, most closely related by marriages to Pocahontes.

21st cousins once removed with Alex Haley

25 degrees from Ayn Rand

17 degrees from Pocahontes Rolfe

29 degrees from Douglas Adams

46 degrees from Auguste Bartholdi

36 degrees from Albert Einstein

10th cousins once removed from George H. W. Bush

by Courtney Rodriguez G2G1 (1.6k points)
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I'm most closely connected to Bush and most distantly connected to Bartholdi

Bush             26 degrees

Einstein        46 degrees

King             33 degrees

Haley           33 degrees

Rand           33 degrees

Pocahontas 30  degrees

Adams         37 degrees

Bartholdi      52 degrees
by Eef van Hout G2G6 Mach 7 (73.0k points)
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George Bush is 19 degrees and 9th cousins twice removed.

Martin Luther King Jr. is 23 degrees and, surprisingly, 12th cousins twice removed, via Richard Gould.

by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Mach 5 (54.4k points)
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16 degrees from George Bush (7th cousins, 1x removed)
19 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe
21 degrees from Alex Haley (14th cousins, 1x removed)
22 degrees from Martin King (19th cousins, 2x removed)
24 degrees from AJ Jacobs
25 degrees from Ayn Rand
30 degrees from Auguste Bartholdi
31 degrees from Douglas Adams
33 degrees from Albert Einstein
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 3 (32.3k points)
edited by Mike Wells
+7 votes
24 degrees from AJ

19th Cousin once removed from George H.W. Bush

36 degrees from Albert Einstein

16th Cousin once removed from Martin Luther King Jr

23rd Cousin twice removed from Alex Haley

26 degrees from Ayn Rand

16 degrees from Pocahontas

32 degrees from Douglas Adams

41 degrees from F.Auguste Bartholdi
by Arora Anonymous G2G6 Mach 8 (88.6k points)
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George Bush and Pocahontas Rolfe are both 16 degrees.  Next after that is Al Jacobs at 19.

President Bush is the only blood relation.  He's a 9th cousin once removed.
by J Ryan G2G6 (6.3k points)
A bit more: I wondered how my two closest connections were connected.  George Bush is almost a direct descendant of Pocahontas.  His 6th great-grandfather was the half brother of her great-grandson.
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I am most closely related to Pocahontas at 17 degrees; however, not a blood relation. I am related to:

George H.W. Bush at 19 degrees and we are 10th cousins 2X removed through MRCA John Stone

Alex Haley at 22 degrees and we are 24th cousins 1x removed through MRCA Robert Beauchamp

Martin Luther King at 24 degrees and 22nd cousins through MRCA Elizabeth (Salisbury) Holand

Ben Molesworth at 27 degrees and 15th cousins through MRCA John Greene (Grene)
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (391k points)
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I am 10th cousins to President George H. W. Bush.

I am 15 degrees from Pocahontas.
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (511k points)
+5 votes

Guess it's Pocahontas, although I seriously doubt it's by blood relation. The line goes through quite a few families before it gets to her.

Scott is 21 degrees from AJ Jacobs31 degrees from Douglas Adams43 degrees from Auguste Bartholdi18 degrees from George Bush32 degrees from Albert Einstein20 degrees from Alex Haley20 degrees from Martin King16 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe22 degrees from Ayn Rand

by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (985k points)
The one that strikes me as much cooler is MLK - 20 degrees and 10th cousins once removed. Common ancestor of Temperance Baley.
Scott, you're 30 steps from Bartholdi after some work has been done on his connection. (I think I'm done with him for now, though).
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My closest connection is 19 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe
by Jessica Symons G2G6 (6.5k points)
+7 votes
21 degrees from AJ Jacobs

30 degrees from Douglas Adams

44 degrees from Auguste Bartholdi

16 degrees from George Bush (7C1R)

31 degrees from Albert Einstein

17 degrees from Alex Haley (12C2R)

21 degrees from Martin King

16 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe

24 degrees from Ayn Rand
by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (366k points)
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14 degrees from Alex Haley, my 6th cousin once removed!
by Mark Burch G2G6 Pilot (103k points)
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Most closely related to Pocahontas!

14 degrees from Pocahontas

17 degrees from George H.W. Bush

19 degrees from Alex Haley

21 degrees from Martin Luther King, Jr.

25 degrees from Ayn Rand

27 degrees from Douglas Adams

36 degrees from Albert Einstein

42 degrees from Aguste Bartholdi

by William Morgan G2G Crew (870 points)
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by Richard Shelley G2G6 Pilot (192k points)
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I looked for a shorter path to Auguste Bartholdi before this morning's update, and managed to shave off 19 or 20 degrees (I think) making him my closest connection at 17 degrees. This new connection appears to shorten the path of most connected members to Bartholdi by 4 to 8 steps. I hope to improve it a bit more, time permitting, later this week.

Second closest is, surprisingly, Pocahontas. I haven't cheched the whole path, but it goes through Mr Rolfe's brother - a good sign?
by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (394k points)
Another short-cut added for Bartholdi and he is now a few more steps closer, at about 30-34 steps from most people I checked (my own connection has not changed). That brings him closer to the center than Einstein, for instance.
Seeing things like this happen when someone is featured is one of my favorite side effects of the weekly choices! Thanks, Isabelle.
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I'm a 13th cousin 1x removed from George H.W. Bush and 19 degrees from him.

I'm a 17th cousin 1x removed from Martin Luther King, Jr. and 19 degrees from him.

I'm a 19th cousin 2x removed from Alex Haley and 20 degrees from him.

16 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe
21 degrees from AJ Jacobs
25 degrees from Ayn Rand
29 degrees from Douglas Adams
35 degrees from Albert Einstein
37 degrees from Auguste Bartholdi
by Katie Taylor G2G1 (1.3k points)
+4 votes
Alex Haley at 14 degrees. He is also my 17th cousin.

Through my wife, I’m 15 degrees from George H W Bush.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)

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