The Other Boleyn Girl is an ancestral history movie just premiering this weekend. It focuses on Lady Mary Boleyn, the elder sister of Queen Anne Boleyn, and the aunt of Queen Elizabeth I.
The trailer looked compelling, and I followed up by checking the Family Forest® to see what we have already on Lady Mary Boleyn.
She had at least two children, and they are recorded in history as having the surname of Lady Mary’s husband, William Carey, Esq. Some historians disagree about their paternity, and claim their actual father is King Henry VIII. If so, their descendants are the only known descendants of Henry VIII.
A 20-generation descendant view of Lady Mary Boleyn in the Family Forest®shows many of her descendants with common surnames, and they include a sizable number of people who are also descendants of Princess Pocahontas.
Lady Mary also has a number of famous descendants, including John D. Rockefeller, Sr., Prince William and Prince Harry, Hollywood actor Cary Elwes, Sarah Ferguson, Winston Churchill, Charles Darwin, Anne Spencer (Morrow) Lindbergh, Governor Howard Dean, Rep. Mac Thornberry and Internet founder Tim Berners-Lee.
There is a great wealth of fascinating and enriching tidbits and historical trivia that has been squirreled away in old books over the centuries, and we have been digitally indexing as much of it as possible into the Family Forest®, to make those nuggets easy to discover. We thought it might be fun to point out a few of them for President’s Day.
For instance, most people probably do not know that our first commander-in-chief,
President George Washington had a body double. For the rest of the story see
George Washington’s Lower Part.
Do you know that many of the United States Presidents have Hollywood Connections?
Do you know that your ancestors may also be Presidential ancestors?
Do you know that President Bush and Senator John Kerry are related?
Do you know why Hugh Hefner invited both Bush and Kerry to his Playboy mansion in 2004?
Do you know that when Prince Charles visited the White House in 2005 he was actually visiting his cousin?
Do you know why NPR did a story about FamilyForest.com, Barack Obama, Walt Disney, Brooke Shields, Humphrey Bogart, and President Bush?
If you follow these links, the next time someone asks “Do you know ……
Happy President’s Day!