1) Since my last post, the following have been added to my list:
* Brad Pitt - actor, 7th cousin 2x removed, common ancestor is Henry Smith (1680-1743).
* Carrie Underwood - musician, 9th cousin, common ancestor is Joseph Collins (1643-1724).
* Luke Bryan - musician, 8th cousin 1x removed, common ancestor is Samuel Smith (1641-1691)
* Winston Churchill - politician, 7th cousin 2x removed, common ancestor is Sarah Wing (1658-1720).
* Melinda Baker - Facebook friend, 7th cousin 3x removed, common ancestor is William White (1708-1780)
Almost all of my common ancestors with the famous cousins are from New England.
2) I wonder why the common ancestor information doesn't include the spouse of the claimed common ancestor. Some common ancestors provided are male and some are female. Most of them are couples who had the two children that started the lineages to me and to the famous person. Is it just for convenience, or is there another reason?
3) Many commenters on Facebook assume that Ancestry's intent is to enable young persons, who are mobile oriented, to find out that they are related to famous persons, especially the actors and entertainers, and perhaps become interested in genealogy and family history.
The problem is that almost all of those potential We're Related users don't have an Ancestry Member Tree and have no interest in starting one, let alone to go back 8-15 generations so that We're Related can find a common ancestor. It took me about 10 years to get my tree information to that point, and I'm still working on it after 28 years.
It's possible that some (many?) of these young people who might be interested in the mobile app are in a relative's Ancestry Member Tree. Perhaps those trees go back far enough to find the common ancestors. But these young folks need to find their relative with the big Ancestry Member Tree. If they find them, they will need to be invited into the relative's tree, then identify themselves in the tree in the We're Related mobile app, and then see the famous cousins.
4) For instance, I could invite my wife, daughters, grandchildren, brothers, nieces, nephews and cousins into my Ancestry Member Tree and help them find themselves in my tree when they load the We're Related mobile app.
I think that may work, but not if they have to do a lot of work to get the app to work and find famous relatives. Or worse, they the the app to work but find no famous relatives!