One of the joys of genealogy is helping friends and neighbors when they catch "the bug." Yes, it's like shingles... once you get it it never really goes away... but it really shouldn't be feared or shunned. "It should be embraced," I tell them.
My neighbor Dani dropped by the other day asking for my assistance in tracing the line of her recently discovered birth father's father. She had probed the usual places for five hours without success.
With fresh eyes I quickly found a descendant of this grandfather's sister who had shared several generations on line. A quick review showed no obvious errors, so we plowed on.
Transcripts of original records confirmed the lines and then they began to quickly expand... into Kallstadt, Germany. At the third great level a "Charlotta Trump" appeared, born in the 1780s. We joked about Dani's "ties" to the President-elect and moved on.
After she left I thought about it again and decided to look up just where in Germany Donald Trump's people were from. Yes... it was Kallstadt!
As it turns out, my neighbor really is a 4th cousin twice removed to The Donald! I printed out papers and called her with the news. Though she is a Republican, she hasn't yet picked them up yet. And as reluctant to celebrate as she is, she says her "new" birth father is definitely not a fan of the new president.
She thought the kids would find the connection interesting, but they have vowed silence on the matter at school... they're not sure how their friends will react.
The final word: She's still "processing"... not quite ready for the papers, or that embracing stuff quite yet! :)