Which communications innovator are you most closely connected to?

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This week's Example Profile of the Week is Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the first practical telephone, on which the first telephone call was made on this day in history.

Featured alongside him are other communications innovators:

Who are you most closely connected to? If you're one of the 21,949,000 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: Luck o' the Irish!

WikiTree profile: Alexander Graham Bell
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (443k points)
edited by Sarah Callis
5th cousin 4x removed by blood to Samuel F.B. Morse.  This doesn't surprise me because I knew I had a bunch of Morses on my tree.
I am a fifth cousin 5x removed to Samuel Morse. It turns out you and I are 9th cousins!
Interestingly, I've been able to find no blood connection to the other Morses on my tree and Samuel FB's immediate ancrestors.

30 Answers

+10 votes
Best answer

Samuel Morse is my 16th cousin 8 times removed. (tap tap tap!)

by Russ Gunther G2G6 Mach 8 (83.1k points)
selected by Martyna Wójt
+10 votes

This one surprised me, as I had a closer connection to one of them than I normally do:

 19 degrees from Alexander Graham Bell32 degrees from John Baird31 degrees from Claude Chappe31 degrees from Lars Magnus Ericsson27 degrees from Steve Jobs22 degrees from Hedy Lamarr21 degrees from Guglielmo Marconi18 degrees from Samuel Morse14 degrees from Home Popham

Home Popham - 14 degrees. Couldn't find a blood relationship, but the biggest chunk of the connection ran through the Bearden family.

by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
+9 votes
Samuel Morse is my forth cousin 6 times removed and 15 degrees from Samuel Morse.
by Steven Losey G2G Crew (950 points)

I am also 15 degrees from Morse, but I am a 6th cousin 4 times removed. laugh

+9 votes
I am most closely connected to Samuel Morse and Home Popham at 24 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Mach 8 (82.7k points)
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13 degrees to Samuel Morse.  That feels pretty close, though there are plenty of "by marriage" steps in the path.  No direct relations this week.

Good theme, in my opinion.  It lends itself to a diversity of origins and some interesting, smart people I didn't know about.
by J Ryan G2G6 (9.5k points)
+8 votes

17 degrees from Samuel F.B. Morse; coincidentally the connection goes through my 4th great-grandmother Elizabeth Fulmer Bright Kendall's 2nd husband George Kendall...her daughter, my 3rd great-grandmother Mary Ann Bright, married Samuel S. Handy, whose sister Juliet married Mathew B. Brady, who learned the art of what was then called "daguerreotypy" from Morse.

by C Handy G2G6 Pilot (108k points)
+9 votes
Popham is the closest at 15 degrees, thru his wife.  Samuel Morse is a close second at 16 degrees, my 5th cousin 5x removed thru our mutual BARNARD line.
by William Morgan G2G2 (2.4k points)
+9 votes
I'm closest to Samuel Morse at 15 degrees. Dot-dit-dot.
by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (172k points)
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18 degrees from Samuel Morse (13th cousins, 10x removed)
18 degrees from Home Popham
20 degrees from Alexander Graham Bell
23 degrees from Hedy Lamarr
23 degrees from Guglielmo Marconi
26 degrees from Steve Jobs
29 degrees from Lars Magnus Ericsson
30 degrees from Claude Chappe
34 degrees from John Baird
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 3 (38.0k points)
+9 votes

16 degrees from both Hedy Lamarr and Home Riggs Popham. 

by Judy Swee G2G4 (4.0k points)
+9 votes

5th cousin 4x removed by blood to Samuel F.B. Morse.  This doesn't surprise me because I knew I had a bunch of Morses on my tree.

by Scott Hutchins G2G6 Mach 1 (10.0k points)
+9 votes
Here's a good one.  During college I did some video work for a religious group who decided I was the re-incarnation of Alexander Graham Bell, so I guess I would be a zero, LOL.
by Rick Morley G2G2 (2.8k points)
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My dearest Abby,

How do you do? A most captivating query indeed, as you know that communication is the bedrock of my intellectual life.

I am 7 degrees from Samuel Morse, he being my paternal aunt-in-law's brother-in-law's nephew.

Yours Truly,

Oliver Wendell Holmes

by Barry Smith G2G6 Pilot (194k points)
+5 votes
18 degrees from Alexander Graham Bell, no blood relationship

32 degrees from John Baird

29 degrees from Claude Chappe

30 degrees from Lars Magnus Ericsson

24 degrees from Steve Jobs

22 degrees from Hedy Lamarr

19 degrees from Guglielmo Marconi

17 degrees from Samuel Morse, no blood relationship

15 degrees from Home Popham, no blood relationship

26 degrees from Maxx Martin
by Loretta Morrison G2G6 Pilot (108k points)
+4 votes
I am 13 degrees removed from Samuel Morse.  He is a fourth cousin four times removed.
by Donald Lindgren G2G2 (2.6k points)
+6 votes

This was fun!
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Here's a fun website: Morse Code World.

19 degrees from Home Popham
19 degrees from Alexander Graham Bell
23 degrees from Hedy Lamarr
24 degrees from Guglielmo Marconi
28 degrees from Lars Magnus Ericsson
28 degrees from Steve Jobs
32 degrees from Claude Chappe
32 degrees from John Baird.
by Chase Clift G2G3 (3.0k points)
+4 votes
I am 20 degrees from Alexander Bell.  14th cousin 1 removed.
by Alice Thomsen G2G6 Mach 4 (41.8k points)

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