Ancestry.com Reveals Actor George Clooney Is Related to Abraham Lincoln

Thu Nov 1, 2012 8:00am EDT

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  PROVO, UT, Nov 01 (Marketwire) -- 
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
 Ancestry.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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