Out on a Limb: Leap of Fame
10/1/2003
Dive into this issue to track down your notable ancestors

Some people dream of being famous — seeing their faces splashed across TV screens and magazine covers, or becoming household names. Not genealogists: We're more interested in finding celebrities in our family trees. Discovering you're related to Audrey Hepburn or Bing Crosby is far more exciting than actually handling the strings attached to stardom. (After all, who wants to fend off frenzied fans and nosy reporters?)

Of course, some family historians might envy the genealogical perks of celebrity: If you're famous, it's pretty likely someone else will trace your entire family tree for you. Take Audrey Hepburn and Bing Crosby, for instance. Their ancestries have been thoroughly traced by professional genealogist Rhonda McClure, author of the new book Finding Your Famous (& Infamous) Ancestors (Betterway Books). Rhonda has researched dozens of celebrity pedigrees, and she shares some of the secrets from her book in this issue. With her tips, you'll have no trouble finding out whether you're “Almost Famous.” You'll also get a peek into the heritage of a few star-studded families.