Originally Posted by vaticanplum
Why are people always distantly related to famous and historically signficant figures? We've got fairly extensive geneaology records in my family and about the greatest claim to fame anywhere is that my great-grandfather got to cross the Atlantic seven times because he played the trombone. And his name was Tito, which is not particularly notable, but is rad.
Everybody I talk to always has somebody in their family tree from the history books except me. Oh well, maybe on my end we were all permitted to develop out of the spotlight and that's how I got perfect genes
That's okay. I don't believe I have any famous people in my family either. The closest I've got is that my great-grandmother was born in a town of a few thousand people that now claims to be the birthplace of Johnny Weismuller of Tarzan fame, but that's disputed. On my mom's side, I'm supposedly related to just about everyone with the last name Stacey in the state of Kentucky. But as far as fame goes, I think most people in my family were farmers or bakers. Pretty much working-class salt-of-the-earth types.
If anyone can trace themselves to the Donauschwaben, I recommend this website as a starting point: