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We Are All Related

We Are All Related

Yes, that is the message that has been scrolling across the top of my genealogy pages at rootsweb since 2001, but on Sep 1, 2009 a new website was created with the same name, WeAreAllRelated.com which coincidently is selling for a huge profit, a subset of the same data which I have always shared for free. They make the following FALSE statement, "BridgeAnne díAvignon made nationwide headlines because she was the first genealogist in the world to discover that the U.S. Presidents are related to one another through a common ancestor." This information was known long before her birth.

On Feb 16, 2010 the Santa Cruz Sentinel published an article titled, "Local student finds all U.S. presidents related except one", which has republished all over the internet over the past few years, with a recent follow-up published by the MailOnline as "Is ruling in the genes? All presidents bar one are directly descended from a medieval English king".

The original article states, "Using her grandfather's genealogy database, BridgeAnne d'Avignon, 12, a seventh-grade student at Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville, has found that every president except eighth president Martin Van Buren is descended from King John of England." And then in the following paragraph, "BridgeAnne believes no one has ever traced presidential ancestries as far back as 1166," yet this information is not at all new.

Many of the republished articles went so far as to call her a genius for her discovery, yet MailOnline reports, "Her 80-year-old grandfather, who has been tracing roots for nearly six decades, helped her make the presidential links." Further down, they wrote, "Prior to díAvignonís discovery, genealogists were only able to link 22 families of presidents, likely because they only focused on male bloodlines," yet that is not at all a true statement.

They also wrote, "The teen also found out that she is the 18th cousin of President Obama. She even wrote to her new-found relative a letter to share her findings with him." It seems odd that a "genius" who made such an amazing "discovery", did not even know that she was a 12th cousin of her president.

1 John PIERCE b: 8 APR 1588 d: 19 AUG 1661
  + Elizabeth TRULL b: 18 JUN 1588 d: 12 MAR 1666/67
    2 Anthony PIERCE b: 23 APR 1611 d: 9 MAY 1678
      + Anne d: 20 JAN 1681/82
        3 Daniel PIERCE b: 1 JAN 1638/39 d: 24 MAR 1722/23
          + Elizabeth SHED b: ABT 1642 d: 16 JAN 1685/86
            4 Elizabeth PIERCE b: 16 MAY 1665
              + Samuel SMITH b: 20 OCT 1644 d: 15 DEC 1719
                5 Shubael SMITH b: 2 JAN 1692/93 d: 31 MAY 1769
                  + Prudence FITZRANDOLPH b: 20 AUG 1696 d: 12 SEP 1766
                    6 Mary SMITH b: 27 DEC 1717 d: 1791
                      + Jonathan DUNHAM b: 12 JAN 1708/09 d: 21 SEP 1748
                        7 Samuel DUNHAM b: 11 MAY 1742 d: 18 FEB 1824
                          + Hannah b: ABT 1758 d: 1826
                            8 Jacob DUNHAM b: 1 JUN 1795 d: 30 JUL 1865
                              + Catherine GOODNIGHT b: 1794 d: AFT 1870
                                9 Jacob Mackey DUNHAM b: 7 MAY 1824 d: 12 JUN 1907
                                  + Louise Eliza STROUP b: 8 OCT 1837 d: 26 OCT 1901
                                    10 Jacob William DUNHAM b: 7 FEB 1863 d: 13 AUG 1936
                                      + Mary Ann KEARNEY b: 19 SEP 1869 d: 13 AUG 1936
                                        11 Ralph Waldo Emerson DUNHAM b: 25 DEC 1894 d: 4 OCT 1970
                                          + Ruth Lucille ARMOUR b: 1 SEP 1900 d: 25 NOV 1926
                                            12 Stanley Armour DUNHAM b: 23 MAR 1918 d: 8 FEB 1992
                                              + Madelyn Lee PAYNE b: 26 OCT 1922 d: 2 NOV 2008
                                                13 Stanley Ann DUNHAM b: 29 NOV 1942 d: 7 NOV 1995
                                                  + Barack Hussein OBAMA b: 18 JUN 1934 d: 26 NOV 1982
                                                    14 Barack Hussein OBAMA b: 4 AUG 1961
    2 Elizabeth PIERCE b: 11 MAR 1623/24 d: 1 NOV 1665
      + John BALL II b: 1620 d: 10 SEP 1675
        3 John BALL III b: BET 1643 AND 1644 d: 8 MAY 1722
          + Sarah BULLARD b: 1649 d: 8 MAY 1722
            4 Daniel BALL b: 2 APR 1683 d: 9 MAR 1716/17
              + Mary EARLE b: 9 JAN 1689/90
                5 Mary BALL b: 27 DEC 1709
                  + Joseph MIXER, Jr. b: 14 DEC 1705
                    6 Joseph MIXER III
                      + Elizabeth WHITNEY
                        7 Samuel MIXER
                          + Unity GROUT
                            8 Nancy MIXER
                              + Ichabod WELCH
                                9 Emily WELCH
                                  + Norris Nathaniel GRAVES
                                    10 Betsy Alvina GRAVES b: ABT 1840
                                      + Alanson Lafayette WATTLES b: 22 MAR 1831 d: 27 MAR 1916
                                        11 Charles Walter WATTLES
                                          + Elizabeth Hannah LANE
                                            12 Harry Lane WATTLES b: ABT 1896
                                              + Luretta Belle WILLIAMS b: ABT 1899
                                                13 Samuel DeWane WATTLES b: 24 MAR 1929
                                                  +  ALLEN
                                                    14 Mary Ann WATTLES b: 15 FEB 1954
                                                      + Daniel Brake D'AVIGNON b: 10 JAN 1953
                                                        15 Bridgeanne D'AVIGNON



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