We were challenged at church on Sunday to begin/continue our family history search. I've been working on this for a while, but hit a road block with every branch of the family.
Last night I got a break.
I found the Johnson family. FINALLY! I've been searching for them for a few years now. I found out that the Bryants (my FIL's grandparents) have some interesting roots. They hail from Germany and England and Wales. The biggest fish in the bunch was finding Rhodri the Great, King of all North Wales (820 AD to 878 AD). He was the first Welch king to be labeled "Great" or "Mawr". Pretty cool stuff.
I got a bit tired of inputting all the names and dates and started to play around. I've recently been able to log into ancestry.com and found a fun gadget that can show you your famous ancestors. The problem with it is that it depends on the information that others have input on the One Tree Family site. The Williams/Fields families aren't connected, which is a HUGE bummer. But, I can see who I married into.
On the Johnson side we're related to:
George H.W. Bush
George W. Bush
Clyde Barrow (Bonnie and Clyde)
and several earlier US presidents
On Josh's mom's mom's side (the Pettingills) we are related to:
Several US presidents
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Daniel Wesson (of Smith and Wesson)
Wild Bill Hickock
John Steinbeck (soooo cool!)
I also found Josh's grandparents we just visited in San Diego (the Essarys). We are related to:
Mayflower passengers John Howland, Edward Tilly, and John Tilly
Jonathan Swift (another one that's sooooo cool!)
Henry David Thoreau
and even more various US presidents
This is fun. I've got to track down the Williams/Fields!!