Which Ghostbuster (and associates) are you most closely connected to?

+22 votes

Who you gonna call?


June 8th is Ghostbusters Day, so we're featuring Ghostbusters and others from the movie franchise in the Connection Finder this week, starting with the director, Ivan Reitman, who passed away earlier this year.

Which one is most closely connected to you? If you're one of the 26.1 million 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.

Special feature: Check out how you're connected to other notables by using the green MyConnections button in the upper right hand corner of the category page. Browse related categories like Ghostbusters, Hollywood Actors, and Famous Directors of the 20th Century.

Let us know how you're related 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. Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis. Then just upload it along with the URL of your direct connection. (Please refrain from sharing your connection on the featured profiles themselves, though. It clutters conversations on research and collaboration. Thanks!)

Help us with next week's Science Fiction Authors feature by helping to choose and improve profiles for it.

WikiTree profile: Ivan Reitman
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (527k points)
reshown by Chris Whitten

The theme still says Royalty...

Closest is 16 for JK Simmons (also known as the Farmers Insurance guy). Surprisingly through my mother’s side. Almost every connection I have is through my father’s side.

27 Answers

+12 votes


Apparently, I'm closely related to Annie Potts (who knew!!).  6th cousins three times removed!

by Eileen Robinson G2G6 Mach 6 (69.9k points)
edited by Eileen Robinson
+11 votes
I am most closely connected to Charles Dance, Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver at 25 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (151k points)
+11 votes
19 degrees from Kristen Wiig (8th cousins, 2x removed)
19 degrees from Dan Aykroyd
20 degrees from J. K. Simmons (14th cousins, 1x removed)
20 degrees from Sigourney Weaver (8th cousins, 3x removed)
21 degrees from Annie Potts (18th cousins, 1x removed)
23 degrees from Charles Dance
25 degrees from Melissa McCarthy
25 degrees from Bill Murray
25 degrees from Max von Sydow (17th cousins, 3x removed)
26 degrees from Ivan Reitman
29 degrees from Harold Ramis
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 6 (69.3k points)
edited by Mike Wells
+11 votes
18 degrees from J. K. Simmons.

19 degrees from Annie Potts. 13th cousin once removed. MRCA Gaynor (ferch Robert) Puleston (abt 1495 - ?).

21 degrees from Segourny Weaver. 17th cousin once removed. MRCA Reynold Grey (1362 - 1440).

23 degrees from Dan Ackroyd.

24 degrees from Kristen Wiig. 19th cousin once removed. MRCA John Hamilton IV of Cadzow (abt 1371 - abt 1407),

24 degrees from Ivan Reitman.

24 degrees from Max von Sydow. 12th cousin 3 times removed. MRCA David Drummond (abt 1515 - abt 1571),

25 degrees from Melissa McCarthy.

28 degrees from Charles Dance.

28 degrees from Harold Ramis.

30 degrees from Bill Murray.
by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 5 (52.1k points)
+11 votes

Max von Sydow -  21st cousins three times removed

Sigourney Weaver - 22nd cousins 7 times removed

Annie Potts - 25th cousins three times removed

Kristen Wiig - 28th cousins

by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Mach 9 (92.4k points)
+10 votes
21 degrees from Annie Potts and J.K. Simmons and 22 degrees from Max von Sydow and Sigourney Weaver.  Closest relative is Max von Sydow at 11th cousin, 2 times removed.
by Roger Stong G2G6 Pilot (496k points)
+9 votes
33 degrees from Ivan Reitman

26 degrees from Dan Aykroyd

27 degrees from Charles Dance

32 degrees from Melissa McCarthy

35 degrees from Bill Murray

26 degrees from Annie Potts

36 degrees from Harold Ramis

27 degrees from J. K. Simmons

26 degrees from Max Von Sydow

28 degrees from Sigourney Weaver

30 degrees from Kristen Wiig
by Roy Tonkin G2G6 Mach 8 (86.7k points)
+10 votes

Closest to Max Von Sydow he's my 17th cousin once removed.surprise

by Cindy Alexander G2G4 (4.5k points)
+9 votes
  • 17 degrees to Kristen Wiig - 8th Cousin, 74 Common Ancesters, MRCA Martha (Lewis) Judson (abt 1691 - 1754)
  • 19 degrees to Charles Dance
  • 19 degrees to J. K. Simmons - 17th Cousins Once removed,  MRCA Joan (Francis) Harcourt (abt 1383 - Aft 1450)
  • 20 degrees to Annie Potts - 20th Cousins twice removed, 123 Common Ancesters, MRCA  Joyce (Botetourt) Peshale (abt 1348 - abt 1420)
  • 21 degrees to Sigourney Weaver - 11th Cousins, 73 Common Ancesters, MRCA Elizabeth (Demings) Welles (abt 1595 - 1683)
  • 21 degrees to Dan Aykroyd
  • 24 degrees to Carl Adolf von Sydow - 17th Cousin once removed, 149 Common Ancesters, MRCA  Joan (Francis) Harcourt (abt 1383 - Aft 1450)
  • 26 degrees to Ivan Reitman
  • 26 degrees to Melissa McCarthy
  • 29 degrees to Harold Allen Ramis
  • 30 degrees to Bill Murray
by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Pilot (138k points)
edited by Jennifer Robins
+9 votes
by Steven Greenwood G2G6 Mach 5 (56.6k points)
It's okay if you're far away from Bill Murray. He'll still crash your wedding. =D
Oh har har, Chris. Har har.
+9 votes

Dan Aykroyd - 25 degrees

Charles Dance - 30 degrees

Melissa McCarthy - 27 degrees

Bill Murray - 30 degrees

Annie Potts - 24 degrees (22nd cousin twice removed)

Harold Ramis - 31 degrees

Ivan Reitman - 30 degrees

J. K. Simmons - 20 degrees (17th cousin 4 times removed)

Max von Sydow - 26 degrees (20th cousin 3 times removed)

Sigourney Weaver - 21 degrees (9th cousin twice removed)

Kristin Wiig - 25 degrees (11th cousin once removed)

by Joel Zummak G2G5 (5.6k points)
+10 votes
Well in this top count down, I am closest connected to Sigourney Weaver.

However, if you dial up old neighbors, I am only two degrees from the Tall Woman at the party.  In fact, I attended her first wedding.  Her sister is my second mother.

"And there ya have 'em."
by Michael Stills G2G6 Pilot (436k points)
Maybe if we start dancing, other people will join in!

*dances horribly*
For Sure...
+10 votes
Who ya gonna call...?

I am closely related to (by degrees and cousinship):

1) Kristin Wiig: 21 degrees & 12th cousins

2) Max von Sydow: 27 degrees & 20th cousins (I love Max)

3) J. K. Simmons: 21 degrees & 21st cousins

4) Sigourney Weaver: 21 degrees and 22nd cousins

5) Annie Potts: 22 degrees and 22nd cousins

by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (639k points)
+12 votes
Almost certainly Sigourney Weaver; she's one of my father's DNA matches, in the "4th-6th cousin" range; likely through her (English) mother, since shared matches are a cluster of people in the UK and New Zealand, whose relationship to each other, let alone my father, is obscure. She shows as 20 degrees on the connection finder, though, which is tied with my closest connection for this week.
by C Handy G2G6 Pilot (171k points)
+10 votes

Wow- I've never been so unrelated to the featured connections! I'm very, very distant cousins with like the last 4 of them on the list but nothing else. Usually there's a lot more I think!

by L Shaper G2G2 (2.1k points)
*hugs* Tried to create the most options available here. Next year we hope to have more.
+9 votes

Anni Potts 8th cousin 1x removed

J.K. Simmons 9th cousin 1x removed

Max von Sydow 13th cousin 1x removed

Sigourney Weaver 11th cousins

Kristen Wiig 11th cousin

by Kris Kreiner G2G4 (4.1k points)
+9 votes
My closest connection is 14 degrees from Annie Potts, who is also a cousin--8th cousin, once removed.

More cousins in this ghostly bunch:

Kristen Wiig--9th cousin, once removed

Sigourney Weaver--10th cousin, once removed

Max von Sydow--11th cousin, once removed

J.K. Simmons--14th cousin, twice removed
by Cheryl Cruise G2G6 Mach 9 (98.1k points)
+9 votes
A tie for closest connection:  19 degrees from Annie Potts and J.K. Simmons.  Both are distant cousins:  Annie Potts--18th cousin, once removed; J.K. Simmons--18th cousin, twice removed.

More cousins in this group:

Max von Sydow--11th cousin, three times removed

Kristin Wiig--13th cousin, once removed

Sigourney Weaver--18th cousin, twice removed
by Sean Delius G2G6 (9.4k points)

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