Which military hero are you most closely connected to?

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In honor of Memorial Day in the US, this week we're featuring military heroes, like Violette Szabo, in the Connection Finder.

Featured alongside her are more heroes to served their country well:

Who are you most closely connected to? If you're one of the 22,621,000 of us who are connected to each other on our big tree you can check with the Connection Finder.

You can 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! If you want to share your connection on social media with cousins and friends, click the "get shareable image" below the results, e.g. Violette Szabo and John Kirkpatrick. Then just upload it along with the URL of your direct connection. (Please refrain from sharing your connection on the featured profiles, though. It clutters conversations on research and collaboration. Thanks!)

P.S. Help us choose and improve profiles for next week's feature: Twentieth Century Artists!

WikiTree profile: Violette Szabó
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (449k points)
edited by Abby Glann
19 degrees from Noor Inayat-Kahn

20 degrees from Billy Bishop and Carl Gorman

24 degrees from Nancy Wake Forward and Douglas Bader

27 degrees from Benjamin Davis and Karel Doorman

29 degrees from Sadao Munemori

31 degrees from Hellmuth von Moltke

38 degrees from Violette Szabo

40 degrees from John Kirkpatrick
19 degrees from Bishop due to the fact my grandmother trout and family are connected to some any English families from the earlier Colonial. Bound to find our British relatives thanks to Mom
I am 20 degree's from: Billy Bishop; Carl Gorman and Noor Inayat-Khan.

24 Answers

+5 votes
by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (217k points)
Noor is my 8th cousin, 1 times removed.  It totally floored me because I didn't expect a cousin relationship from any of these War heroes.
+8 votes
39 degrees from Violette Szabo.

24 degrees from Douglas Bader.

21 degrees from Billy Bishop. 14th cousin. MRCA Thomas Golding (1435 - 1505).

25 degrees from Benjamin Davis.

30 degrees from Karel Wilem Frederik Marie Doorman.

22 degrees from Carl Gorman.

17 degrees from Noor Inayat-Khan.

41 degrees from John Kirkpatrick.

28 degrees from Sadao Munemori.

28 degrees from Hellmuth von Moltke.

21 degrees from Nancy Forward.
by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 2 (22.8k points)
edited by Frank Blankenship
+14 votes

Woohoo as I just connected my tree to the global tree, this is the first time I'm able to participate in one of these threads! For now I only connected one branch, and the closest person I'm connected to didn't create myself is at 15 degrees of separations. So for now, all of my connection paths are pretty long and they all go through him. This gives me:

But much closer, my own military hero is my grandfather who earned the Médaille de la Résistance and the Légion d'Honneur! I should really write him a proper bio.

by Léa Haupaix G2G3 (3.2k points)
A connection is still a connection, so welcome to the Global Tree! :)
+8 votes
The only name on this list that I recognized is Douglas Bader, but my closest connection (18 deg) is with Nancy Forward. Of course I had heard of Simpson and his donkey, but not the change of name.
by Doug Laidlaw G2G6 Mach 1 (17.6k points)
+7 votes
I am most closely connected to Nancy Wake Forward at 20 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Mach 9 (92.7k points)
+8 votes
17 degrees from Nancy Forward
21 degrees from Billy Bishop (10th cousins, 3x removed)
21 degrees from Noor Inayat-Khan
23 degrees from Douglas Bader
23 degrees from Carl Gorman
26 degrees from Benjamin Davis
30 degrees from Hellmuth von Moltke
31 degrees from Karel Wilem Frederik Marie Doorman
32 degrees from Sadao Munemori
39 degrees from Violette Szabó
41 degrees from John Kirkpatrick
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 4 (40.9k points)
+6 votes
I'm 19 degrees from Billy Bishop, 19th cousin, once removed.
by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (261k points)
I'm closest related to him too. 20 degrees, 16th cousin, 2x removed
Me too. I'm 19 degrees and 8th cousins, 3x removed.
+7 votes

Billy Bishop is just 15 degrees away, and also an 8th cousin twice removed.  The MRCA is Roger Billings.

Noor Inayat-Khan is reasonably close at 19 degrees, but most of the others are closer to 30 or 40 steps away.

by J Ryan G2G6 Mach 1 (11.6k points)
+8 votes

I haven't heard about any of these military heroes before and really enjoyed reading about them. It was also a surprise to find that [[Bishop-4195|William Avery Bishop]] is a 14th degree connection & 9th cousin 3x removed, the MRCA is [[Loomis-65|Joseph Loomis]].

by Chase Clift G2G4 (4.8k points)
+8 votes
Billy Bishop - 13th Cousin 2x removed
by Cortland Lowe G2G2 (3.0k points)
+8 votes
18 degrees from William Avery (Billy) Bishop, Bishop-4195, 13th cousins once removed, MRCA Robert Tailboys  Tailboys-39

20 degrees from Carl Gorman

21 degrees from Nancy Wake Forward

21 degrees from Noor Inayat-Khan

27 degrees from Hellmuth von Moltke

28 degrees from Benjamin Davis

28 degrees from Douglas Bader

29 degrees from Sadao Munemori

30 degrees from Karel Doorman

37 degrees from John Kirkpatrick

38 degrees from Violette Szabo
by Mildred Gillett G2G6 Mach 1 (14.0k points)
+8 votes
14 degrees from Noor Inayat-Khan
by Debbie Mischo G2G2 (2.3k points)
+6 votes
Billy Bishop: 16 degrees; 8th cousin 4x removed through MRCA John Bissell.
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (464k points)
+6 votes
  • Billy Bishop is 19 Degrees - 8th cousins 3x removed MRCA is [[Hawley-33|Joseph Hawley (abt.1603-1690)]]
  • Carl Gorman is 19 Degrees
  • Nancy Forward is 21 Degrees
  • Noor Inayat-Khan is 23 Degrees
  • Karel Wilem Frederik Marie Doorman is 28 Degrees
  • Douglas Bader is 28 Degrees
  • Benjamin Davis is 29 Degrees
  • Hellmuth von Moltke is 29 Degrees
  • Sadao Munemori is 31 Degrees
  • John Kirkpatrick is 34 Degrees
  • Violette Szabó is 38 Degrees
by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (516k points)
+6 votes
16 degrees from Nancy Wake.
by Kenneth Evans G2G6 Pilot (160k points)

Nancy is my closest, at 21 degrees — and it's only that short because in the last week I have been attaching profiles, to my older sibling, that have opened up brand new pathways.  I am so chuffed!  smiley

(If I remove him from the mix, the path goes, as usual, up by way of my father's line.)

+6 votes
by Cheryl Cruise G2G6 Mach 1 (10.3k points)
+4 votes

Oh my goodness!!!!

My closest connection is Nancy Wake Forward - just 16 degrees!!!  AND she was a Kiwi!!

I had NO Idea!!!  Go KIWIS!!!!

by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (896k points)
+5 votes
It seems that I am closest to Billy Bishop.

You are 43 degrees from Violette Szabó, 29 degrees from Douglas Bader, 22 degrees from Billy Bishop, 30 degrees from Benjamin Davis, 32 degrees from Karel Wilem Frederik Marie Doorman, 24 degrees from Carl Gorman, 23 degrees from Noor Inayat-Khan, 43 degrees from John Kirkpatrick, 33 degrees from Sadao Munemori, 32 degrees from Hellmuth von Moltke, 27 degrees from Nancy Forward and 34 degrees from Neill Reed.
by Eileen Robinson G2G4 (4.2k points)
+3 votes

Looks like this week I'm closest to Billy Bishop at 20 degrees. And it looks like we're 12th cousins 3x removed. Connection runs through my Tichenor lines, but the relationship runs through my Berryman/Blakiston lines.

Scott is 38 degrees from Violette Szabó24 degrees from Douglas Bader20 degrees from Billy Bishop26 degrees from Benjamin Davis31 degrees from Karel Wilem Frederik Marie Doorman23 degrees from Carl Gorman21 degrees from Noor Inayat-Khan42 degrees from John Kirkpatrick28 degrees from Sadao Munemori29 degrees from Hellmuth von Moltke21 degrees from Nancy Forward

by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
+3 votes
I'm most closely connected to Noor Inayat-Khan: 12 degrees, and she turns out to be my fifth cousin once removed.
by Sharon Casteel G2G6 Pilot (112k points)

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