It searches through the trees on the Ancestry website to find connections between the various trees to help you find more relatives. It shows famous potential relatives as well as your Facebook friends if they have a tree on Ancestry.com
It has not shown me any common ancestors with Facebook friends yet (apparently none of my Facebook friends have family trees on Ancestry), but it shows me at least one famous potential relative each day.
We’re Related – Or, Are We? is going to be a weekly posting sharing with you the potential relatives that Ancestry has shown me via their We’re Related app. All of these are *potential* relatives. None of the relationships have been proven or confirmed yet.
As I am able to prove or disprove each potential relationship, I will make a post about what I find and will cross-link the posts.
Week of May 28-June 3, 2017
|Potential Relative||Common Ancestor||Great-grandparent Connection|
|Sam Walton||Private||Callie James|
|Neil Patrick Harris||Hannah Culmer||Annie Black|
|Thomas Watson||George Watson||Lula Carter|
|Cary Grant||Private||Callie James|
|Cab Calloway||George Anderson||W. P. Fowler|
|Jane Austen||Mary Eure||Callie James|
|Julia Child||James Keith||A. J. Gunter|
I don’t know why two of the common ancestors would be marked “Private”. Either someone was forgetful when adding in the information and didn’t mark the ancestor as “deceased” OR maybe their family tree is private. As I understand it, Ancestry doesn’t show information on living people to anyone but the tree owner or those that have the owner’s permission to see the information. I’m sure these two folks are long gone by now, especially considering the fact that ALL of my great-grandparents have been dead for 50+ years!