I've heard variations of this question a million times, but since I started discovering well-known people in my family tree, I hear it even more frequently. It's a question that is almost impossible for me to answer, given the extraordinary number of famous family members that are in my lineage: "Which family member, living or dead, would you like to spend some time with?"
When I started my family tree, I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would find anyone famous hiding in the branches let alone dozens of well-known historic and living people. In fact I was shocked to even start finding so much about my paternal family, having known very little about them only 10 years ago. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that both of my paternal grandparents came from such well-documented families.
Narrowing down my choice to meet just one of my well-known family members is almost impossible. Who wouldn't want to sit and talk to Sir Winston Churchill, President Teddy Roosevelt, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, or any of the other US Presidents that occupy a place in my tree? Even President Nixon, who was less than a great President would be an interesting person to talk to.
How about one of my Hollywood celebrity family members? Would dinner and drinks with Humphrey Bogart, his wife Lauren Bacall along with my other cousins, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy be boring? I highly doubt it! Maybe sitting on a patio, having a cigarette with Lucille Ball would be enlightening, or spending a quiet afternoon talking with Elizabeth Taylor?