Thursday, May 16, 2024

Randy's Cousins -- 8th Cousin Taylor Swift, the Really Famous Singer, Songwriter, Performer

This week's famous cousin is Taylor Swift, the world famous American singer, songwriter and performer.

Here is the first paragraph of her Wikipedia biography.

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. A subject of widespread public interest with a vast fanbase, she has influenced the music industry, popular culture, and politics through her songwriting, artistry, entrepreneurship, and advocacy.

Taylor Swift was connected to Louis XIV in a MyHeritage blog post this past week - see The connection was made on, which I no longer can access for relationships. The blog post told me who her deceased grandfather was - Archie Dean Swift Jr. (1914-1998), who, according to the FamilySearch Family Tree, is my 6th cousin twice removed. Here is my relationship chart to Taylor Swift's grandfather:

Now add Taylor's father and Taylor to the list on the right and you can see that Taylor Swift is my 8th cousin.  

My most recent common ancestors with cousin Taylor Swift are my 7th great-grandparents William Hawkins (1676-1712) and Elizabeth Arnold (1684-1758).

Are you related to Taylor Swift ?  Check out her grandfather's profile on the FamilySearch Family Tree and click the "View Relationship" link at the top of the page.  Note that you have to have your profile connected to the FamilySearch Family Tree in order for this to work.

This shows that you never know to whom you might be related!!!  I'm having lots of Genealogy Fun.  Click here to see all of my famous cousins.

My Seaver/Richmond cousins, my children and grandchildren will really love this!  It's really too bad she's not dating a handsome Padres baseball player.


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GeneGinny said...

Have you told your granddaughters this yet?
Are they duly impressed?

Randy Seaver said...

Hi Ginny - my daughter reported on Facebook that there was a freak-out in the house over this. I think they liked the news.

This is one way to get the grandkids at least to think about family history.