When I try to go into Famous Relatives I get a message saying "no famous relatives are listed.
How extensive is your tree on Family Tree? If you have links going back at least 5 or 6 generations then you are likely to have some famous relatives. The fewer links you have, the less likely it is that you will have any showing.0
I had to change my profile to my child in Beta to verify that yes, Albert is actually considered famous by FS -- the activity claims that I have zero famous relatives. My fan chart goes back at least seven generations on all but my illegitimate great-grandmother's line.
There are many people who are in Graham's boat, who take it for granted not only that there are famous people among their relatives, but also that FS has those people in its databases. There are also at least as many people who are in my boat, who come from a part of the world that's less well-represented in FS's databases, and/or who are only related to notables by marriage.
My suggestion is to ignore all of FS's fluff. Those activities only ever serve to annoy me in some fashion, because they're written by and for a group of people that I do not belong to.0
Where you are from certainly does make a difference.
I was born in the western US. Here's my Famous Ancestors (note the totals in each category):
My wife was born in Norway. Here is her page (again notice the totals which are far smaller):
Of these, the vast majority are due to one person, John Grey 1601-1660, who moved to Norway from England. Remove just him from my wife's lines and her total Famous Relatives would drop dramatically.
Which brings up the question, do these really count as relatives if the only connection is one set of common ancestors, usually three or four generations back from John Grey, that lived 900 years ago?0
Dennis J Yancey ✭✭✭✭✭
How far back does your pedigree chart go in Family Tree?
the scenario you are reporting - would indeed occur if your pedigree inly went back a few generations in Family Tree.
(even if you were related to famous people - it is entirely dependent on the links you have created in Family tree.)0
Hello Related to number of famous people or so it states
my question is how do I know for sure I am related to a number of famous people? I sent screenshots to family showing that states related to Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Churchill, Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball, Presidents Lincoln, Washington, and FDR. There are more but can’t recall off hand. My relatives are questioning these findings, how do I show them it is true, or is it really true?
There is only one way to confirm this. You open the relationship view to that person then start with yourself on Family Tree and check that each child to parent relationship is correct as supported by sources and documentation going back to your supposed common ancestor then start at the common ancestor and work forward to the famous person.0
Dennis J Yancey ✭✭✭✭✭
Just as Gordon says - its all based on your review of the data in FamilySearch.
But its not always a black and white answer . . . and you may not always be able to tell if a source is really reliable or not. and what one person considers reliable another person may not.
Any genealogical database - can contain errors and mis-assumptions.
FamilySearch being an open edit system - it allows people to enter data that may or may not be supported by evidence - which often makes it much harder to differentiate error from truth.
But in the end - as Gordon points out - its up to YOU to decide whether you feel the relationship is worth trusting - based on things like sources and references - which if you really want to be sure - would have to be checked and validated - which could be a very tedious process for 10 or 12 generations of distance. and even then people will often not be in agreement to the facts0
Backing up what Gordon and Dennis have said, it is likely that a large proportion of your famous relatives will ink to you via an ancestor many generations back. The further back you go, generally the more suspect the links become.0