Discover Your Famous Relatives


What do Tom Hanks, Abraham Lincoln, and Elvis Presley have in common? Besides being famous, they are also all related—and you may be related to them too! With the FamilySearch Famous Relatives discovery experience, it is easier than ever to see how you’re connected to famous people in history.

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How Does Famous Relatives Work?

The Famous Relatives activity searches the FamilySearch Family Tree for your possible connections to famous people in history. For the experience to work, you need a FamilySearch account (if you don't already have one, you can create a free one) with at least four generations completed. For best results, fill out your family tree as much as possible, aiming for eight generations or more.

The articles below can help get you started!

How to Start a Family Tree

Find Your Ancestors in Records

While you are researching your family tree to discover your famous relatives, you can enjoy other fun discovery activities!

Find Your Look-a-Like

Compare-a-Face lets you upload photos and see how similar you and your family members look. You can finally settle who looks more like Mom or Dad!

Discover Your Name Meaning

Discover the meaning and origin of your surname. You can also view what countries your surname is most likely to be found in.

Create Family Tree Art

Create printable Family Tree art to decorate your home! The activity pulls information from your FamilySearch Family Tree.

Map Where You Came From

Where Am I From lets you map where your ancestors lived, see where they were during major world events, and learn more about your heritage.

Record Your Family Story

Record Your Story will prompt you with questions about your family and personal history. You can also use our 52-questions template to begin writing.

View Ancestral Infographic

This activity pulls from your FamilySearch Family Tree information and will create a personalized infographic about your family history.

Try On Traditional Clothing

Picture My Heritage lets you virtually wear the traditional clothing of your heritage. You can also see yourself in old, black and white photos.

Learn Fun Facts About Your Birthday

All about Me will tell you fun facts about the year you were born, such as how expensive gas was, the top music of the year, and other cool facts.

Learn about Your Heritage

Learn about the culture, heritage, and history of where you came from using FamilySearch’s country pages.

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