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THE POWER IN YOUR GENES

Is there a gene passed down in a family making its members more likely to be famous? Are charisma and leadership part of the make-up of a genetic code? According to genealogy researchers, that may be, in fact, the case. 

Genealogists have traced a direct line of ancestry for Madonna and Celine Dion. As if that is not amazing enough, those researchers have now found other relatives in the same line which include Canadian singer Alanis Morissette and Hillary Clinton. Those are four famous and powerful ladies in one family tree. Researchers have found that Hillary Clinton is also a distant cousin to Angelina Jolie. Hillary Clinton's mother is of French Canadian descent, and Angelina, Madonna, Celine and Alanis also have French ties, however the fact they all trace their family ancestry to the same tree is remarkable. 

Bill Clinton was found to be a distant cousin to Prince Charles’s wife Camilla Parker-Bowles. President Barrack Obama's family tree is also impressive. According to the researchers, it includes Brad Pitt, Presidents George and George W. Bush, President Gerald Ford, President Harry Truman and President James Madison! His family tree apparently also includes Sir Winston Churchill and American civil war general, Robert E. Lee. These "family ties" are quite amazing. 

Is it possible that genes passed down through generations cause people to search for success and perhaps become famous? All the people I've mentioned did not even know they were related to other famous people until researchers traced their genealogy. 

There are some people who are more closely related, but are famous for accomplishing different things. Brian Mulroney was in politics and was our Prime Minister. His son, Ben Mulroney, has made a name for himself as a television host. Tommy Douglas was a Saskatchewan Premier and is known as the father of universal health care. His grandson, Keifer Sutherland, is a famous Emmy-winning actor. Leslie Nielson was an actor and comedian. He is famous for movies such as Naked Gun and Airplane. His brother Erik Nielson was a long-time MP from Yukon. 

Based on this, will I or anyone in my family ever be famous? It doesn't look good for us. A few years ago, I was contacted by a distant cousin in France who had researched our family tree. The closest to fame we can claim is one of our ancestors married a cousin to Marie-Antoinette - close, but not enough to live on forever in history books. Doris Day's song "Que Sera, Sera" asks the questions "What Will I be?” According to this research, it would appear the answers just might lie in your family history. 

 

Everyone should take a peek through the branches of the family tree to check out your ancestors. Finding out who your ancestors were and what they did may tell you a lot about who you are and who you might become. 

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