Related to President Harry Truman?

Hat tip to DearMyrtle who shared news of Ancestry’s new app – We’re Related. The announcement stated that the app tells you what famous people you are related to – currently there are about 2,000 famous people in the database. Well, a very quick download later, the app told me I am related to President Harry Truman — what!!! 

So, I look to see why they are suggesting him and the connection comes up my Koonce lineage through one of my 3rd great-grandmothers, Isariah Wood. We know from family oral history that her father may have been a white man. Her death certificate says her father’s name was Lewis Waters. One of my cousins has been actively researching this line and if the “Lewis Waters” named on Isariah’s death certificate is the same white Lewis Waters that is related to President Truman then I just may be related to President Truman after all. 

This warrants further investigation because of course, because this is all based on user family tree data – and the records people attach – but how interesting! I must do some research and if this bears out the potential. If so, I may have to plan some targeted DNA studies. Stay tuned!