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    Seems like we should have a thread on this.

    Has anyone downloaded the app and messed around with it? It is really well-done, IMO, and can be a lot of fun. The Family Tree section presents a cool visual of your ancestry, and lots of the records have photos and stories uploaded. Learned a lot about ancestors I didn't know I even had. My kids have enjoyed hearing the stories as well.

    One interesting feature is the Find Relatives (I think that's what it is called) function. You open it up in a room with a bunch of people who also have the app open, and it will tell you which people you are related to and how. Turns out my wife and I are 10th cousins, once removed. That's probably nothing though. My wife was at a book club last night with 8-10 other Mormon women. Every single woman in that group was related to each other with the sole exception of the woman whose parents are from Mexico.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    One interesting feature is the Find Relatives (I think that's what it is called) function. You open it up in a room with a bunch of people who also have the app open, and it will tell you which people you are related to and how. Turns out my wife and I are 10th cousins, once removed. That's probably nothing though. My wife was at a book club last night with 8-10 other Mormon women. Every single woman in that group was related to each other with the sole exception of the woman whose parents are from Mexico.
    Not surprising. You only have to go back a few thousand years to find a most recent common ancestor for all living humans. With a relatively small insular subpopulation of multi-generational mormons in the USA I'm actually surprised it isn't a bit closer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCcoug View Post
    Not surprising. You only have to go back a few thousand years to find a most recent common ancestor for all living humans. With a relatively small insular subpopulation of multi-generational mormons in the USA I'm actually surprised it isn't a bit closer.
    That's a good point, cuz.
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    There is an app called "Take a Name" that searches your family tree and generates names to take to the temple... it has made me look like a genealogy genus to my fellow members. Now if I actually went to the temple once in a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    That's a good point, cuz.

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    RESEARCHERS USED THIS GENEALOGY SITE TO BUILD A 13 MILLION-PERSON FAMILY TREE

    https://www.wired.com/story/research...n-family-tree/

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    Used this app in my Sunday school class last year. Had a lot of fun with the kids all finding connections with each other and talking about how we are all connected.
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    Relative Finder is a cool website for Family Search users. The two presidents I'm most closely related to are Barack Obama and George Washington.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    Relative Finder is a cool website for Family Search users. The two presidents I'm most closely related to are Barack Obama and George Washington.
    My closest US president relation appears to be Benjamin Franklin Pierce (3C8R). Then John Adams (4C8R) and Thomas Jefferson (4C9R).

    After that is Franklin Delano Roosevelt (5C6R), which seems odd since his cousin, Theodore Roosevelt, is near the bottom of my US president relations list (11C1R).

    Edit: After "masquerading" as Franklin Delano, I found that he was 5th cousins with Theodore. Not as close a relation between those two as I thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    Relative Finder is a cool website for Family Search users. The two presidents I'm most closely related to are Barack Obama and George Washington.
    Hey about that... Barack and I are 9th cousins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    Hey about that... Barack and I are 9th cousins.
    somebody hack IPU's familysearch account and find out how closely related he is to Obama.
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    same. Barack and I are 9th cousins 1 time removed

    Looks like Anne Boleyn was a second cousin of mine

    Also I have lots of grandparents on the Mayflower
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flystripper View Post
    same. Barack and I are 9th cousins 1 time removed

    Looks like Anne Boleyn was a second cousin of mine

    Also I have lots of grandparents on the Mayflower
    Wait, YOU have access to familysearch? They didn't revoke access when you slipped into the abyss?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flystripper View Post
    same. Barack and I are 9th cousins 1 time removed

    Looks like Anne Boleyn was a second cousin of mine

    Also I have lots of grandparents on the Mayflower
    Also, I'm not sure you understand the concept of second cousins. Or maybe I don't.
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    yup...non- members can sign up too but I am still officially a member...don't know my member record number though. They located me in the system after I said I served my mission in the U.S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    Also, I'm not sure you understand the concept of second cousins. Or maybe I don't.
    I’m guessing it is you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    I’m guessing it is you.
    Guess again!*

    *Can't guess same answer twice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    Also, I'm not sure you understand the concept of second cousins. Or maybe I don't.
    dunno...the system says I am her second cousin 13 times removed and as such I am a third cousin to Elizabeth Tudor
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    also Brigham Young is my second cousin
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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    Relative Finder is a cool website for Family Search users. The two presidents I'm most closely related to are Barack Obama and George Washington.
    Boom bitches!
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    Willard Mitt Romney is my cousin.
    Ain't it like most people, I'm no different. We love to talk on things we don't know about.

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    damn Lavell is only my 9th cousin.. We must be related!
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    Pretty much the greatest sports figures are all over my family tree:

    Stan Watts 2nd Cousin 3 times removed
    Lavell Edwards 9th Cousin 2 times removed
    Merlin Olsen 10th Cousin 1 time removed
    Woody Hayes 11th Cousin 3 times removed
    Billy Casper 12th Cousin 1 time removed
    Mickey Charles Mantle 12th Cousin 2 times removed
    Harmon Killebrew 13th Cousin
    Mike Reid 13th Cousin 1 time removed
    Alma Richards (1st gold medalist from Utah) 12th Cousin 4 times removed
    Walter Johnson 14th Cousin
    Ty Cobb 13th Cousin 2 times removed
    Jack Dempsey 14th Cousin 1 time removed
    John Wooden 15th Cousin 1 time removed
    Ted Williams 14th Cousin 4 times removed

    Closet US President:
    James Polk 7th Cousin 3 times removed

    Closet 1st lady:
    Mamie Eisenhower 7th Cousin 3 times removed

    Closet Constitutional signer:
    Abraham Baldwin 2nd Cousin 8 times removed

    Closet prophet:
    George Albert Smith 7th Cousin 3 times removed
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    stoked to be so closely related to ted bundy!
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    Forsooth, I'm a first cousin (a mere 14 times removed) of The Bard of Avon.

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    3rd Cousin once removed with Merlin Olsen. Fun fact, I sang in Tales of Hoffman with his nephew, Hans's brother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Forsooth, I'm a first cousin (a mere 14 times removed) of The Bard of Avon.
    This seems the most appropriate of relations of those disclosed thus far.

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    So it turns out my kids and I are 1st cousins once removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefytee View Post
    So it turns out my kids and I are 1st cousins once removed.

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    Also, looks like I'm a direct decendant of Henry the VIII --14th Great Grand father. I'm guessing that makes me in the top million in line to the throne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beefytee View Post
    Also, looks like I'm a direct decendant of Henry the VIII --14th Great Grand father. I'm guessing that makes me in the top million in line to the throne.

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    He is my 12th great grandfather. I may be closer to the throne than you.

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