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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080325/...ates_genealogy


    Obama related to Pitt, Clinton to Jolie
    By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press Writer
    1 hour, 3 minutes ago



    BOSTON - This could make for one odd family reunion: Barack Obama is a distant cousin of actor Brad Pitt, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is related to Pitt's girlfriend, Angelina Jolie.



    Researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society found some remarkable family connections for the three presidential candidates — Democratic rivals Obama and Clinton, and Republican John McCain.

    Clinton, who is of French-Canadian descent on her mother's side, is also a distant cousin of singers Madonna, Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette. Obama, the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya, can call six U.S. presidents, including George W. Bush, his cousins. McCain is a sixth cousin of first lady Laura Bush.

    Genealogist Christopher Child said that while the candidates often focus on pointing out differences between them, their ancestry shows they are more alike than they think.

    "It shows that lots of different people can be related, people you wouldn't necessarily expect," Child said.

    Obama has a prolific presidential lineage that features Democrats and Republicans. His distant cousins include President George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman and James Madison. Other Obama cousins include Vice President Dick Cheney, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and Civil War General Robert E. Lee.

    "His kinships are across the political spectrum," Child said.

    Child has spent the last three years tracing the candidates' genealogy, along with senior research scholar Gary Boyd Roberts, author of the 1989 book, "Ancestors of American Presidents."

    Clinton's distant cousins include beatnik author Jack Kerouac and Camilla Parker-Bowles, wife of Prince Charles of England.

    McCain's ancestry was more difficult to trace because records on his relatives were not as complete as records for the families of Obama and Clinton, Child said.

    Obama and President Bush are 10th cousins, once removed, linked by Samuel Hinkley of Cape Cod, who died in 1662.

    Pitt and Obama are ninth cousins, linked by Edwin Hickman, who died in Virginia in 1769.

    Clinton and Jolie are ninth cousins, twice removed, both related to Jean Cusson who died in St. Sulpice, Quebec, in 1718.

    The New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is the oldest and largest nonprofit genealogical organization in the country.
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  • #2
    Brad Pitt for VP....game over.

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    • #3
      I want to know who I am related to.

      Really, I just want to know if Razzy and I are related.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by El Birdo 1 View Post
        I want to know who I am related to.

        Really, I just want to know if Razzy and I are related.
        Damtoft...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by El Birdo 1 View Post
          I want to know who I am related to.

          Really, I just want to know if Razzy and I are related.
          run for office, apparently its a big deal then

          and can someone explain what a relative removed is?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MsFunkay View Post
            run for office, apparently its a big deal then

            and can someone explain what a relative removed is?

            i think it's like having a gay uncle.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by MsFunkay View Post
              run for office, apparently its a big deal then

              and can someone explain what a relative removed is?
              Okay, let's say that Birdo and Razzy are first cousins.

              Any one of Razzy's kids is Birdo's first cousin, once removed, or, first cousin, (one generation) removed. Razzy's grandkids would be Birdo's first cousins twice removed, etc.

              When Birdo eventually has kids (or hears about the results of that unfortunate one-night stand in college), his spawn will be Razzy's first cousins, once removed.

              They will also be Razzy's kids' second cousins.

              Birdo's grandkids and Razzy's grandkids are third cousins to each other.

              So if McCain and Laura Bush are sixth cousins, they have a common great-great-great-great-grandparent.

              Hope that helps.
              "It would have been difficult for us to discuss it with his dick in my mouth, so evidently I don't know him that well."

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              • #8
                ahh so all those people i call cousins, who aren't first cousins, are just removed (further away from our common ancestor) and depending on how far, 1st-beyond.

                now if you could just let me now how to change my DNA so i'm totally removed of the people i call cousins, i'm set!

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                • #9
                  Apparently, I didn't understand that either.

                  I call my cousin's kids my second cousins. Actually, I don't call them at all, but you get the point.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by El Birdo 1 View Post
                    Apparently, I didn't understand that either.

                    I call my cousin's kids my second cousins. Actually, I don't call them at all, but you get the point.
                    that's because we're from hickish families

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