Let's play a Presidential Game! Who's your closest match?

+15 votes
I keep seeing everyone's relationship to the US Presidents, so I finally did my own.  I knew I was 4th cousins to President Eisenhower, as that has always been known in my family, but I was surprised at some of the others.  Who is your closest presidential connection?
WikiTree profile: Space:Are_you_my_cousin
in The Tree House by Summer Orman G2G6 Mach 9 (96.8k points)
In my case - no relationship whatsoever :)
It's there, we just haven't found it yet!  :D
I have no relationship to an of the U.S. Presidents, so I checked my relationship to T. Cassidy - no relationship there, either!
I'm cousin to ALL US Presidents except 6. I'm working from memory here. Not cousins with presidents Trump, Eisenhourer, Truman, Kennedy
My closest is George Bush...9th cousin.
2nd cousin to President George Washington. My late mother was Ist cousin to Pres. Washington. I am also 4th Cousin to Pres. John Adams.

Charles Patterson

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+10 votes
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OK - here's my results:

Closest cousin - James Polk - 6th Cousin, 6 times removed

Most direct cousin - Had several that apparently I'm "zero" times removed, but the closest was George W. Bush  - 9th Cousins

Furthest cousin - John Calvin Coolidge - 16th Cousins, once removed
by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
selected by Teresa Obst
I just want to know if anyone is related to Martin Van Buren!! He's the only one that I believe isn't connected to any of the others.

Summer: That notion that all of the presidents are descended from a single common ancestor, except for Van Buren, is based on some dubious (or fraudulent) genealogy.

And I'm related to Van Buren. My closest connections are at 10 degrees:

  • 4th cousins 6 times removed through a Van Buren family ancestor
  • 3rd cousins 7 times removed through a Van Alsteyn family ancestor

I would expect that the Roosevelts would also be related to Van Buren.

Yes, I've seen that theory, I think it was King John of England?? I've just never seen any relation to Van Buren, myself...

No relationship found for Teddy Roosevelt and Martin Van Buren. But FDR and Van Buren are 3rd cousins 4x removed.

+8 votes

My closest blood relationships to Presidents, as currently mapped in WikiTree, are  four Presidents at 8 degrees of cousinship:

  • Theodore Roosevelt - 5th cousin, 3x removed
  • Calvin Coolidge - 8th cousin
  • George H.W. Bush - 6th cousin, 2x removed
  • George W. Bush - 7th cousin, 1x removed
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
+9 votes
How can you find your relationship?
by Ellen Curnes G2G6 Mach 8 (86.1k points)
You click on the link to their profile, go to the profile, once there click on their name at the top right of your screen, then click "Relationship to Me."
Go to the Free Space page in the link above, open the profile to that President, use the pull-down menu with the Wikitree ID in it and click on "Relationship to Me". It will tell you (after some number crunching) what your relationship is (if any).
+7 votes

10 appears to be my magic number!

I thought I had a closer relationship to President Obama through the Paynes but something has changed. It's merge-city in Ol' Virginia.

I have two "king maker" lines. One, of which I'm confident, is Thomas Carter. The other is Richard Brent but the connection through John J. Brent is extremely doubtful. Connections to these two lines lead to a ridiculous amount of presidents, notables and cousins in Wikitree.

by Carrie Quackenbush G2G6 Mach 8 (81.3k points)
edited by Carrie Quackenbush

Hmm... Warren G. Harding has a New Netherland connection, but he's not a blood relation to Martin Van Buren.

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Rumor is I'm related to the Bushes and to George Washington BUT... I haven't uncovered the connection, yet.  :)
by Chris Judson G2G1 (1.0k points)
Check it out here on Wikitree. I'm cousin to the Bushes and George Washington
+7 votes
Warren G. Harding! 5th cousins 4 times removed. MRCA is Abraham Harding, Sr. ... Harding-559.
by G. Borrero G2G6 Pilot (127k points)
+3 votes

My closest relationship to all of the US Presidents is 5th cousin 5 times removed from Rutherford B Hayes, our 19th president between 1877 and 1881.

My most direct relationships are 10th cousin to George W Bush (43rd), 14th cousin to James Earl Carter (39th), and 16th cousin to Ronald Wilson Reagan (40th).

My furthest relationship is 20th cousin 1 time removed to Franklin Pierce, our 14th president between 1853 and 1857. 

I have found blood relationships to all except 5 of the US Presidents. I have yet to find a relationship with John Adams (although I do to his son John Quincy Adams), Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren (despite my dutch roots), William McKinley Jr, and Donald Trump.

See my relationships to all of the US Presidents on my space page Wiki Cousins

by Richard Ryker G2G6 Mach 5 (51.3k points)
edited by Richard Ryker

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