Survey also finds which families in history people most want to be related to
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 9, 2013) – Whether it was the Brady Bunch or the Adams Family, we’ve all wondered what it would be like to join another clan. Findmypast.com was curious too, so it launched a survey to find which famous families Americans most want to be related to – and which ones they’d run away from.
We don’t know if Sasha and Malia want more cousins, but that’s irrelevant to 41 percent of responders, who picked the Obamas as the celebrity family they would most like to be related to. The Bush family came in second place with 23 percent of the vote, which was not enough to win this election. Interestingly enough, both the Obama and Bush family are related to one another, President Barack Obama and George W. Bush share a common ancestor from Massachusetts in the 1600s, Samuel Hinckley. Though distantly related, both families likely have many thousands of cousins across the United States (which could make for a family reunion the size of Texas).
Other famous families that people want to share ancestors with:
- The royal Windsors, with 21 percent of the vote (also ancient cousins of Bush and Obama)
- The Jolie-Pitts, with 8 percent of the vote (also ancient cousins of Bush and Obama).
- The Affleck-Garners/The Coppolas, both coming in with 3 percent of the vote. Affleck is also a distant cousin of Bush and Obama
Asked which famous family in history they’d most like to be related to, voters forwent the wealthy Rockefellers and Astors and chose the Kennedys. Apparently all those untimely deaths and extra-marital controversies kept this line of American royalty in good standing.
The other choices were:
- The Astors, with 22 percent of the vote
- The Plantagenets, with 22 percent of the vote
- The Rockefellers, with 19 percent of the vote
- The Medicis, with 11 percent of the vote
- The Rothschilds, with 5 percent of vote.
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The celebrity family history survey was conducted by findmpast.com with submissions from 441 findmypast.com users aged 18-65 from 39 states. The average age was 29.