Donnie Osmond wants to see if he is related to his fans

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Donnie Osmond is posting the question "Are We Related" on his website .  I could not check it the way he wants us to try but I did check it on WikiTree and got this result Donald and Dale are 19th cousins.
WikiTree profile: Osmond-49
in The Tree House by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
retagged by Abby Glann
Considering that the Osmonds are a LDS family and their tree has been fairly well researched, I decided to see if I could build an alternate path for connections. I think I've got a new path in there through Rulon's sister, Clara, to her husband Adam Welker, and out through his Pugh line.

Not sure if the Relationship finder builds on the fly, but this didn't change my count at all. I'll check it again tomorrow to see if this had any impact on my connection.
Donny Osmond is my 14th cousin four times removed.
Common ancestor is Edith Greene, Viscountess Latimer (1450-1504)
Are the Osmond in the USA related to the Osmond in Australia ?

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Of all things! 

Donald Osmand and I are 9th cousins once removed, through Isaac Johnson (Donald’s 8th Great Grandfather, and my 9th Great Grandfather). Relationship link:


by Lynden Rodriguez G2G6 Mach 2 (23.6k points)
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Donald and Lucy are 11th cousins.
by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (462k points)
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Donald and Kristina are 17th cousins once removed

by Kristina Adams G2G6 Pilot (179k points)
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Donnie and I are 18th cousins, connected through John Beaufort KG

by David Hughey G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
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Donald and Kitty are 9th cousins once removed

by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (536k points)
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I am relieved to report that I have zero connections to Donald.
by Eric Weddington G2G6 Pilot (215k points)
Eric, Since the goal of WikiTree is to prove that we are all connected having zero connection should not make you pleased but rather sad. That being said even without a blood relationship you are still connected to both him and me, use the connection finder.
No, I was correct in what I said. I have 0 CONNECTIONs to Donald. I used the Connection Finder tool.

Ok, running the Relationship Finder, Donald and I are 18th cousins.

The Connection Finder should probably be fixed.
Eric, except for our five "anchor people" where we calculate out to 100 steps each night, the connection finder only finds connections within ten steps.
I'm not sure why you are "relieved", but I would like to say something on Mr. Osmond's behalf. Whether you are a fan of his work or not (I'm not), he has had plenty of fans over the years, including a hit TV show that ran for several seasons. It's not like he's a child molester or war criminal. And I have it on good authority that he treats the people who work for him well and is generally good company and fun to be around.

Donny Osmond & I are 9th cousins, so I'm the closest related on this thread. (Tied.)
Eric, it's perfectly fine to feel relieved.  I'm not related to him either.  My Aunt Norma Jean, though, born a Romney, is his 11th cousin.  I'll probably email that to my cousin Matt.  Although I forgave Donny Osmond for being his cheerful self because he appeared in that video with Weird Al, I too, am relieved.
I am also of no relation :)
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I'm not a fan, but I'm a 12th cousin once removed.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
I am not a fan either, I just got notified of his project thru the familysearch Facebook page. I have hundreds of LP's 45's Reel to Reel tapes Cd's and cassette tapes but none by any of the Osmond family.

Thanks for clarifying your tastes, Dale!
That does not clarify anything. My music collection ranges from Hard Rock to Classical with some Country and Opera sprinkled in. I just never bought anything by them partially because they did not become popular until I had most of my collection assembled.  I spent a great deal of time in a recording studio control room with one of my High School friends where we met a lot of Rock artists in the late 60's and early 70's, in fact he went on to win several Grammy's for Best Recording Engineer and is listed as one of the pioneers of Surround Sound, but he has drifted to more Classical and i have still maintained my appreciation for all musical style's.
Dale , I have a 45 of " The 12th of Never"  .  Got it for Christmas one year.  Wanted Johnny Mathis.  Wonder who is connected to him.
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Sorry, Donny, I'm the one bad apple.
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (713k points)
Make that two bad apples! :)
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14th cousins - 3 times removed

Acklome-3 is our common ancestor.
by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (946k points)
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Donald and Elisabeth are 18th cousins.

by E. Gatlin G2G6 Mach 1 (11.0k points)
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I just checked myself. Donald and Jessica are 10th cousins once removed

by Jessica Petruff G2G2 (2.0k points)
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Donald and Steve are 13th cousins once removed

by Steve Stobaugh G2G6 Mach 1 (18.3k points)
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Donald and Debi are 16th cousins twice removed

by Debi Matlack G2G6 Mach 7 (76.9k points)
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No relationship on here, nor connection.

On Family Search however there was supposed to be a path via my ggg Mary Leeson (not surprising since her cousin became a Mormon and went to Utah with her husband) I wouldn't have been surprised if there were some relationship through her descendants there,

But no the path went back, beyond the last  generation I know of and can be sourced (ie at the time the parish register runs out) through a miscellany of as far I can see unrelated people  (b in one place, marrying in another part of the country and dying in another place) It reached the supposed common ancestor and then the path went forwards.

So family Search 'says' there is a relationship, but I don't believe that particular one exists.

by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (298k points)
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Apparently we are 16th cousins, three times removed, but at least one of his ancestors on Wikitree has a relationship to parents that is extremely doubtful.
by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (437k points)
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Donald and I are 20 th cousins according to the relationship finder.  I really thought I'd have no connection.   

by Trudy Roach G2G6 Pilot (183k points)
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Donald and Brian are 9th cousins twice removed

by Brian Almond G2G3 (3.3k points)
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18th cousins!
by Charlotte Shockey G2G6 Pilot (942k points)
11th Cousins!
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21st Cousins !
by Jennifer Devlin G2G1 (1.8k points)
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Donny and Marty are 17th cousins.
by Marty Acks G2G6 Pilot (111k points)

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