Ancestry.com Reveals Actor George Clooney Is Related to Abraham

Ancestry.com Reveals Actor George Clooney Is Related to Abraham
Lincoln 
Family History Website Also Gives Free Access to Historic Lincoln
Records 
PROVO, UT -- (Marketwire) -- 11/01/12 --  This November, as
movie-goers prepare to see Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" on the big
screen, Ancestry.com, the world's largest online family history
resource, has uncovered a family connection between Abraham Lincoln
and actor George Clooney. In conjunction with the movie's release,
Ancestry.com is also making its most significant Lincoln-related
records available in one place for free viewing.  
After researching more than three centuries of Abraham Lincoln's
family tree, Ancestry.com family historians have revealed a Lincoln
family secret: famous actor George Clooney is related to the former
president. The family bloodline for both notable figures links to
Lincoln's maternal grandmother Lucy Hanks. Due to this common
ancestor, Clooney is Lincoln's half-first cousin five times removed.
Those interested in the Lincoln-Clooney connection can find a family
connection chart at Ancestry.com/Lincoln. 
For those more interested in Abraham Lincoln himself, Ancestry.com is
offering free access to more than 20,000 documents showcasing
Lincoln's life, his family tree and the most pivotal moments of his
presidential career. 
Available at www.ancestry.com/lincoln, Lincoln enthusiasts and movie
fans can discover a whole new side of the former president and his
family, with information spanning the 1700s through the early 1900s.
Records featured on the site include: 


 
--  Handwritten Civil War documents and records: One standout document is
    a personal letter from Lincoln to General Ulysses S. Grant asking for
    his son to be stationed in a safe location during the Civil War.
--  Emancipation Proclamation: Handwritten drafts and an illustration
    depicting the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before
    the cabinet, which declared that all slaves residing in Confederate
    territory were to be free.
--  Lincoln's family in 1860: See how the census has evolved while
    learning more about Lincoln's family -- this 1860 census record
    includes Lincoln's Springfield address, listing his wife Mary, sons
    Robert, Willie and Thomas, and two servants living in the household.
--  Famous speeches: Find rare drafts of historic speeches throughout the
    legendary presidency.
--  Rare photos are worth a thousand words: Images from centuries ago
    showcasing historical events during Lincoln's life are included in the
    image gallery.
--  Lincoln's Taxes: The original IRS tax assessment listing Lincoln's
    presidential salary as $25,000 a year in 1861.

  
"Abraham Lincoln is a monumental figure in America's history. The film
'Lincoln' depicts his historic last few months in the Oval Office and
this is a perfect time to make centuries of records pertaining to the
popular president available to all those interested in learning
more," said Dan Jones, VP of Content at Ancestry.com. "We want these
records to give people a new perspective on key public and private
moments in Lincoln's life. Hopefully this will encourage people to
begin researching their own family history." 
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" doesn't hit theaters until November 9,
but people don't have to wait to learn more about "Honest Abe."
Lincoln records are available from now through February on
Ancestry.com for everyone to dig a little deeper into Lincoln's story
and impress friends and family with their knowledge. For those
inspired by the records to do more digging into their own history,
Ancestry.com offers a 14-day free trial for all new members.  
About Ancestry.com
 An
cestry.com Inc. (NASDAQ: ACOM) is the world's
largest online family history resource, with approximately 2 million
paying subscribers. More than 11 billion records have been added to
the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than
40 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles.
In addition to its flagship site, Ancestry.com offers several
localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve
and share their family history. 
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For more information or media inquiries:
John Paolo Canton
Senior Public Relations Manager
415.744.1795
mediarelations@ancestry.com 
 
 
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