24 December 2012

Youngsters may be interested in ‘cousin’ Justin Bieber

Source: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1695340/justin-bieber-ryan-gosling-avril-lavigne-cousins.jhtml

Another holiday, another opportunity to hang out with the “kids” in your family!

Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Maine, has posted this neat article reminding us that though we may not be “into” Justin Bieber and his contemporaries, our children, cousins, grandchildren, nieces and nephews might be!

It can be fun to turn up a distant connection to a celebrity, whether president or king, rock star or noted author. But how many genealogists actually wonder whether they share forebears with international teen star Justin Bieber?

Not you? Well, I’m interested, because the 18-year-old singer from Canada might be just what it takes to kindle interest in genealogy among youngsters such as my grandchildren.

... So how many Mainers can claim a cousinship to Justin Bieber? Given that his French-Canadian ancestors were so early in Quebec, they are probably common forebears to many Mainers of Franco-American descent. Certainly tens of thousands of Mainers, or as my dad used to put it, “a little million.”

There are all kinds of ways to get youngsters curious about genealogy.

Do you have plans to get your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc, interested in genealogy this holiday?  What are they?

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