I was born Evadeen Renata Keys. All growing up I heard fascinating stories about my maternal grandmother's side of my family, the Gibbons family. My mothers name was Evadeen (Shoultz) Keys. Her mother's name was Lillian Alice (Gibbons) Shoultz.
I found out through my family that my mother was going to name me, Amanda and decided to name me after her. I fell in love with the name, Amanda and eventually asked everyone to call me that instead. Eventually, I decided to have a legal name change, to change it to Amanda and change my last name to Gibbons, to honor the Gibbons family.
So, my name to this day is, Amanda Renata Gibbons.
For now, I will be focusing on my Gibbons family tree. I found a cousin's Ancestry(dot)com documents. It indicates that she is a 19th cousin to President George Washington. It also indicates that my grandmother, Lillian Alice (Gibbons) Shoultz is the 17th cousin to President Washington's brother, Lawrence Washington.
So, I have been researching this in hopes to one day be able to stand back and look at this family tree grew. What started out as a hobby about a year ago, over time, has turned into an obsession I want no cure for. :)
So, I am getting much better at learning how to search for Ancestors and better at learning how to use the Wikitree Tools. This has been a slow process due to fighting Advance Ovarian Cancer of which I just recently won that battle. I'm in better condition to focus more time on Wikitree now. In my recent searches, I found out I am related to 29 Presidents and that many Presidents are related to each other. My hope is to get all of our branches connected and then get all of us connected to our Royal lineage, so we all are connected together on the same Tree.
The Presidents I am related to are as follows:
25 generations Barack Obama Jr. 28 generations Jimmy Carter Jr. 28 generations Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) 29 generations John Calvin Coolidge Jr. (1872-1933) 33 generations William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) 33 generations Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 34 generations Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) 36 generations James Madison Jr. (1751-1836) 36 generations Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) 36 generations Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) 36 generations John Tyler (1790-1862) 37 generations George Washington (1732-1799) 37 generations William Howard Taft (1857-1930) 37 generations George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-2018) 37 generations Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) 38 generations John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) 38 generations George Bush 39 generations James Buchanan Jr. (1791-1868) 39 generations Leslie Lynch (King) Ford Jr. (1913-2006) 40 generations Hiram Ulysses Simpson Grant (1822-1885) 40 generations Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) 40 generations Bill (Blythe) Clinton III 41 generations Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (1858-1919) 41 generations Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-1994) 41 generations Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973) 41 generations Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) 41 generations Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865-1923) 42 generations Harry S Truman (1884-1972) 44 generations Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893)
Thank you for taking the time reading my Bio!
Amanda is 23 degrees from Nichelle Nichols, 22 degrees from Denise Crosby, 18 degrees from Jimmy Doohan, 24 degrees from Jonathan Frakes, 17 degrees from Dee Kelley, 25 degrees from Leonard Nimoy, 19 degrees from Gene Roddenberry, 24 degrees from William Shatner, 29 degrees from Brent Spiner, 38 degrees from Patrick Stewart, 24 degrees from Richard Wheaton and 24 degrees from Betsy Ko on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.