Author Archives: Pat Shaul

About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related"

Robin Williams – or maybe Mork from Ork

An 8th Cousin, once removed, that I really wish Ancestry had gotten clean!  Such a great talent!  But, when the last three levels of the pedigree chart you provide for me, including the MRCA with Robin is PRIVATE, I throw … Continue reading

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Jack London – SCORE!

  Cousin Jack London is my 6th cousin, once removed.   Pedigree supplied by Ancestry for me all the way to the MRCA, Elizabeth White (1643-1707), my 8th great grandmother has been verified!  There are NO PRIVATE entries in the … Continue reading

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Luther Burbank – botanist extraordinaire, but family tree not so much…

Luther Burbank was planted by Ancestry as my 5th cousin, 6 times removed.  Unfortunately, they chose to use their favorite linkage method, PRIVATE, to connect what was documented of his pedigree to what they had documented of mine to link … Continue reading

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Robert Boyle – short of a chemical reaction.

Robert Boyle, the father of modern chemistry, is supposed to be my 3rd cousin, 11 times removed (now that makes us close!).  The pedigree from Ancestry goes from my 6th great grandfather, Moses Hitchcock (1717-1768) to two levels of PRIVATE … Continue reading

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Andrew Johnson – an impeachable cousin

  Ancestry has Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, successor to the assassinated Abraham Lincoln, as my 7th cousin 6 times removed through a MRCA, John Phillips (1539-1626) who would be my 12th great grandfather.  As close as I … Continue reading

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Kevin Spacey – the star aligns

Kevin Spacey appears to be my 10th cousin!  The pedigree supplied by Ancestry to our MRCA on my line contains one PRIVATE, but I have evidence as to who that is and it is consistent with the parent and child … Continue reading

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Randolph Scott — very PRIVATE

Well, there were a couple of problems with the report on 9th cousin, twice removed, Randolph Scott.  First, in my pedigree chart, there was a leap of three generations of PRIVATE entries between the proposed grandfather of my known 4 … Continue reading

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