Wednesday, March 26, 2008

You can pick your friends and now genealogists can pick your Sybil Sage

Barack Obama is a distant cousin of Brad Pitt while Hillary Clinton is related to Angelina Jolie, according to researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Hillary's seder table will need an extension now that they've discovered she's also a distant cousin of Madonna, Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette and Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Genealogist Christopher Child makes the point, "Lots of different people can be related, people you wouldn't necessarily expect," a thought that's occurred to me during many a family event.

These newly unearthed relatives could create all sorts of complications. Hillary can expect to get hit up for concert tickets and the performers will surely get solicited big-time by her campaign. With the ever-growing Jolie/Pitt clan, both candidates better earmark some nights for babysitting.

This news is making me anxious as it's not inconceivable my name will appear when they research family connections to Joe Lieberman, Eliot Spitzer, William Kristol, Jerry Lewis or Jerry Springer.


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