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Researching the family history of a celebrity
« on: Thursday 21 February 19 22:32 GMT (UK) »
I just wondered if anyone had ever tried researching the family history of one of their heroes, such as an actor, a sportsman or a politician?

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Re: Researching the family history of a celebrity
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 21 February 19 22:36 GMT (UK) »
Only if there was a likely connection.
Chris Pine (and his actor father Robert) the actor is descended from Pine/Pyne's in the part of Devon as my lot. Still haven't found a link, but they all seem to be related somehow.
I did try my luck with Charlie Chaplin after I read that his birth could not be found. No joy.
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Re: Researching the family history of a celebrity
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 21 February 19 22:40 GMT (UK) »
David Jason. His parents were Arthur White and Olwen White formerly Jones as a copy of his birth cert is in one of his biographies. I am stuck on his maternal grandfather John Jones born c1877. Born in Liverpool but moved to Rhymney Wales. I reckon he was of Welsh parentage. I may have found his marriage in 1901 in the FreeBMD indexes but will not go as far to buy the cert, just use what is already online. I would still love to find his parentage, trouble is there was several John Jones born Liverpool c1875-1878.

I am possibly related to David Jason as we have same surname ancestors in the same area of Wiltshire/Berkshire borders. Buscot/Inglesham.

I saw Patsy Kensit on WDYTYA and did some further digging into the ancestry of her ancestors mentioned, and found out we are distant cousins through the Sparks family.

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Re: Researching the family history of a celebrity
« Reply #3 on: Friday 22 February 19 00:06 GMT (UK) »
I found out while researching my maternal line that Duncan Goodhew is my fourth-cousin.

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Re: Researching the family history of a celebrity
« Reply #4 on: Friday 22 February 19 00:13 GMT (UK) »
I spent a long time trying to find a connection to Edward F. Cox, the husband of Richard Nixon's daughter Tricia because when they got married, my father casually mentioned that Cox was a relative.  Mercifully, I was unable to find any link whatsoever and, when I questioned my Dad about it, he said he didn't remember saying it and was unaware of any family relationship.
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Re: Researching the family history of a celebrity
« Reply #5 on: Friday 22 February 19 00:56 GMT (UK) »
I just wondered if anyone had ever tried researching the family history of one of their heroes, such as an actor, a sportsman or a politician?

Martin

No but the thought has crossed my mind often!

My own father was a keen follower of a young lad from his (the young lad) early days of Uni, met & spoke with the lad at conferences etc. (not sure how often over the years) but supporters of same interests & party & favoured him as one of the best up-and-coming Politicians when the lad got into politics.

My father told me this back in the 1980s onward but sadly my father passed away prior to what my father told me he'd expect but he was right.

I have a video of that same lad as an adult in politics with my daughter who at the time was unaware of what her grandfather had thought of him although she held/holds him in high regard as I did/do.

I have a niggling want to research his family history...maybe one day?

I will let you all guess who  :P  ;D

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Re: Researching the family history of a celebrity
« Reply #6 on: Friday 22 February 19 06:40 GMT (UK) »
I just wondered if anyone had ever tried researching the family history of one of their heroes, such as an actor, a sportsman or a politician?

Martin

Roy Stockdale the journalist (retired) and family historian has researched many celebrities family trees, a few are online here.
https://roystockdillgenealogy.com/about-me-4/

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Re: Researching the family history of a celebrity
« Reply #7 on: Friday 22 February 19 09:45 GMT (UK) »
I spent a long time trying to find a connection to Edward F. Cox, the husband of Richard Nixon's daughter Tricia because when they got married, my father casually mentioned that Cox was a relative.  Mercifully, I was unable to find any link whatsoever and, when I questioned my Dad about it, he said he didn't remember saying it and was unaware of any family relationship.

Family story was that aunt's rather famous husband was related to Richard Nixon- this story from was before he became president but after uncle had died. After Watergate connection never mentioned. Naturally I investigate uncle's & Nixon's families to see if they were related. Turns out both families were Quakers, lived near each other in California and probably knew each other.
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Re: Researching the family history of a celebrity
« Reply #8 on: Friday 22 February 19 15:02 GMT (UK) »
I researched the family history of the famous Aviatrix, Amy Johnson in 2016 when I was approached to help with sourcing and restoring photos of her, for a coffee table book "Amy Johnson: A Life in Pictures" and also exhibition material to mark the 75th Anniversary of her death.
I had already researched the Johnson family when I first started family history, as my Uncle told me that we were related to them. When I could find no relationship, he told me that we weren't actually related to them but my grandparents lived next door to them and my Aunt was at the same school as Amy, and that as children, they referred to Amy's parents as Aunt and Uncle  ::)
I later learned that her Danish Grandfather Anders Jorgenson, (anglicised to Andrew Johnson) in 1901 was a Fish merchant and lived two doors away from my Great Uncle who was a Fish Buyer.

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