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Ok…so they are VERY VERY distant cousins but still…So maybe I am related to someone famous too…hey you never know! It is very cool to find out your family history…you never know what you past looks like.
According to Ancestry.com,
It turns out Madonna isn’t the only “Lucky Star” in her family. In fact, the queen of pop and the newest judge on American Idol, Ellen DeGeneres, are 11th cousins according to genealogy researchers at Ancestry.com.
Family history experts at Ancestry.com uncovered that the two entertainment giants are related through a common 10th great-grandfather â€“ a Frenchman named Martin Aucoin. In the early 1600s, Aucoin’s daughters Jeanne and Michele left their native country of France to settle in Nova Scotia, where both Madonna and Ellen’s families remained for several generations.
DeGeneres’s family left Canada in the late 1700s when her 5th great-grandfather Joseph Martin relocated to Louisiana. It wasn’t until the late 1870s that Madonna’s 2nd great-grandmother Emilie Daniel left Quebec and crossed the “Borderline” to Michigan, where the singer herself calls home.
“It’s not every day you discover two celebrity icons are related, but it’s their similarities that make the connection so extraordinary,” said Anastasia Tyler, a genealogist at Ancestry.com. “They were born the same year, have both written books and been on tour, are known for their impressive dance moves â€“ and with Ellen’s latest gig on American Idol â€“ are both legendary figures on the music scene.”