[APG Public List] celebrity connections to royalty or famoushistorical people
laboswell at rogers.com
Fri Jun 25 12:59:34 MDT 2010
Oh boy, that's a minefield, better you than me.
You might start by correcting some of the stereotypes. Starting with the
'royalty' one, in all its forms.
Interesting question here for me is the idea of how far back does one feel a
'connection'. I suspect that those who are asking that one probably don't
feel much connection beyond just the generations that contained living
persons whom they actually knew. People who don't have any interest beyond
You might turn that one back on the host and ask how far back she feels a
connection (or her writer). I bet you'll find that question then connects
back to the royalty myth (no great sense of connection, but *if* there was a
'royal' connection, then great interest!).
I sometimes find the most rabid clients are those who have sunk their teeth
into the myth of some sort of royal connection. That no amount of evidence
will shake them loose from.
----- Original Message -----
From: Joan Fraser
To: apgpubliclist at apgen.org
Sent: Friday, June 25, 2010 2:17 PM
Subject: [APG Public List] celebrity connections to royalty or
I have been asked to speak briefly with a radio host on Monday morning and
would like to provide a broader opinion than my own on the following topic
specifically at what point in going back do these connections lose any real
meaning for us or our clients:
"we want to know how anyone finds connections that old [e.g. to nobility
or to royalty -their example is Count Vlad]- we're so often hearing that
some celebrity is related to another or something like that. We'd want to
talk about the field of genealogy and how these connections are found. When
does family connection lose meaning in your opinion? Just because they
shared a relative 400 years ago, does that matter to people you've worked
with? In your experience can we all find someone famous in our family tree
if we look far enough back/ are we all related in some way if you go far
Any brief thoughts on this topic?
Joan Fraser, genealogist
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