Project: Notables/Connection Combat

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Connection Combat is a monthly game run by the Notables Project. Two profiles of notable people are announced on G2G and when a connection is made to the global tree (by connection to the previous month's winner via the Connection Finder), that profile wins!

The winning researcher gets a Connection Combat Winner badge to show off their awesome competitive genealogy skills.

The winning profile is featured as one of our special celebrities in the Connection Finder, along with Kevin Bacon and AJ Jacobs, so members can have a chance to see how they're connected. They're also featured in our social networks and in a blog post.

To Participate

Be sure to follow the G2G tag "connection_combat" to get updates. A new round of combat will start on the 15th of each month.


1. The first person to connect one of these profiles to the previous month's winner is the winning researcher, and that profile is the Connection Combat winner.

2. Once the winning profile is announced, we go to BONUS ROUND! In the bonus round, researchers have the chance to try to connect the other profile. They have 72 hours, and if the connection to the previous month's winner is closer than that of the winning profile, the person who made the connection is also considered a winning researcher.

3. Please cite your sources! Connections will be checked from the point of the contest profile to the person they connected to in the global tree. The connection point through to the previous month's winner will be checked for glaring errors, omissions, and mythologies. If the connection is deemed invalid between the previous month's winner and the connecting point, the researcher will still be named the winner (and the profiles in the dubious connection will be asked about in G2G). If the connection is invalid between the contest profile and the connection point due to lack of sources, and no sources are provided after the researcher is asked to add them, we will go directly to Bonus Round and the other contest profile becomes the winning profile when it becomes connected (pending sources).

(A note on sources: Abby Glann said it best when she posted in the G+ community, "I know that sometimes you look at other family tree sites to help track down where a connection might be, and that is okay as a directive but we really really don't want to use those sites as sources. We set ourselves to a higher standard. So when you find those links please find actual sources to support them. It makes such a difference, and makes it easier for others to come in and continue your research.")

Hall of Fame

Battle Opponent 1 Opponent 2 Notable for Winning Profile Winning Researcher Bonus Round Winner
1 James Watson Francis Crick Co-discoverers of DNA James Watson Michael Stills N/A
2 Marie Curie Maria Goeppert Mayer The only woman to win Nobel Prizes in Physics Marie Curie Steven Frank Michael Stills
3 Paul McCartney, John Lennon Ringo Starr, George Harrison The Beatles Paul McCartney Abby Glann N/A
4 Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie American film actors Brad Pitt Steven Frank Steven Frank
5 Benedict Cumberbatch Robert Downey, Jr. Actors who have played Sherlock Holmes Surprise! John Barrymore Vic Watt N/A
6 Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel Norman Bridwell Author's of classic children's books Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel Karen Tobo N/A
7 Walter Cronkite Dan Rather Broadcast journalists Walter Cronkite Karen Tobo Alison Andrus
8 Judy Garland Shirley Temple Early Hollywood stars, known for singing Shirley Temple Karen Tobo Karen Tobo
9 Tim Burton Johnny Depp Director and actor who often work on films together. Tim Burton David Zuckerman Karen Tobo
10 John William Polidori Anne Rice Authors of vampire stories Anne Rice Doug Lockwood N/A
11 Carolyn Jones Cassandra Peterson Actresses known for spooky roles; Morticia Addams and Elvira. Cassandra Peterson Ron Norman Ron Norman
12 Lon Chaney Bela Lugosi Early horror movie actors. Lon Chaney Ron Norman N/A
13 Delma Kollar Susie Gibson Supercentenarians born on Halloween. Delma Kollar Ron Norman N/A
14 George Lucas Steven Spielberg Filmmakers. George Lucas Ron Norman N/A
15 John Pemberton Caleb Bradham Inventors of Coke and Pepsi. John Pemberton N/A Ron Norman
16 Richard Cadbury Daniel Chase Valentine's confectioners Richard Cadbury Doug Lockwood Doug Lockwood
17 Butch Cassidy Harry Longabaugh The Sundance Kid Members of "The Wild Bunch" gang famous for robbery Butch Cassidy Doug Lockwood N/A
18 J.K. Rowling Alan Rickman Author of Harry Potter and actor of Severus Snape J.K. Rowling Doug Lockwood N/A
19 Nikola Tesla Elon Musk Inventor of Tesla coil and CEO of Tesla Motors Nikola Tesla Lucy Lavelle N/A
20 Lisa Kudrow Henry Louis Gates Jr Exec Producer of WDYTYA and Host of Finding Your Roots Lisa Kudrow Scott Fulkerson N/A
21 Kurt Vonnegut Elie Wiesel Both prisoners of war who became writers Kurt Vonnegut Scott Fulkerson N/A
22 Alfred Hitchcock Frank Capra Both famous directors with Christmas movies Frank Capra Jamie Nelson N/A
23 Harrison Ford Mark Hamill Both play iconic Star Wars characters Mark Hamill Doug Lockwood N/A
24 Alex Haley Henry Louis Gates Jr Both influential as genealogists and historians Alex Haley Dodie Bartlett Karen Tobo
25 Maureen O'Hara Enya Both talented, famous Irish women Maureen O'Hara Scott Fulkerson N/A
26 Gene Kelly Al Roker Actor/dancer/singer and weatherman Gene Kelly Jamie Nelson N/A
27 Bram Stoker Bela Lugosi Author of Dracula/Actor portrayed Dracula Bram Stoker Scott Fulkerson Scott Fulkerson
28 Anne Frank Sir Nicholas Winston Holocaust heroes Anne Frank Ellen Smith N/A
29 Stephen Hawking Neil deGrasse Tyson Cosmologists Neil deGrasse Tyson Matthew Cutler N/A
30 Michael Phelps Usain Bolt Olympic gold medalists Scott Fulkerson N/A N/A
31 Leonard Nimoy Leonard Cohen Both Leonards Scott Fulkerson Scott Fulkerson N/A
32 Martin Luther King Jr Rosa Parks Activists/Reformers Doug Lockwood N/A N/A
33 Ayn Rand James Joyce Prolific novelists Doug Lockwood N/A N/A
34 Bobby Fischer Ben Kingsley Chess grandmaster/Actor in Searching for Bobby Fischer Jamie Nelson N/A N/A
35 Charles Schulz Shel Silverstein Cartoonists Charles Schulz Scott Fulkerson Karen Tobo
36 Jackie Robinson Yogi Berra Baseball greats N/A N/A N/A

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