This month, I published an article on genealogical research in a professional magazine. Here is that article in its entirety.
When I was in second grade, I was quite certain that the actress Elizabeth Taylor was my great-aunt. At the time, family dynamics somewhat eluded me. Although I had quite a few great-aunts, I thought this was just a description of what wonderful relations they were. As Elizabeth Taylor shared one of my family’s surnames and was indeed a “great” person, I just assumed she had to be related to me. Alas, she was not.