I have heard of Relative Finder before. But I decided to visit the web site because on March 19, 2016 I was at the Saturday Seminar at the Riverton FamilySearch Library and attended a class by Van Celaya. Van Celaya is an instructor for BYU Family History Library. His presentation was very positive and upbeat and his enthusiasm for family history is contagious.
So I decided to check out BYU Relative Finder and login in with my Family Search account and see who I am related to.
Here are some of the results:
The closest relatives of the "celebrities" on their list are:
Henry B. Eyring -- 3rd cousin
Mitt Romney -- 3rd cousin
Jeffrey Holland -- 4th cousin
Other apostles that I am related to are:
I am related to a multitude of U.S. Presidents including Barack Obama!
I am related to about 20 Mayflower passengers, but the one I have thought was my relative, John Billington, was not on the list.
Movies stars that I am related to are:
Oliver Norwell Hardy
My husband is related to
It is interesting that most of these relationships come through the lines of my 2nd great grandmother Laurinda Atwood. The program said it would find your closest relationship and that you might be related in other ways as well.
Of course, because of errors in FamilySearch some of these relationships may not be true.
The whole experience made me realize that virtually everyone is our relative and we need to be more kind and understanding of all of our Heavenly Father's children. We are all brothers and sisters.