Ralph Waldo Emerson Is My Cousin?

around 1980, my mom did a genealogy trace (family tree) for her side of the family only. she talked to folks, used a couple of libraries, wrote for some public family records, the works.

after completed (to a point), she told me that ralph waldo emerson (yes, that one…is there another?) is “our 7th cousin”. sorta cool but i really didn’t care.

decades later, i began wondering if it’s true and am thinking about trying to verify. plus, she said “our 7th cousin”, which isn’t correct. i’m her son, so that would make me either 8th or something else, i assume.

if true, i wonder if i can reclaim copyright ownership of his works. haha

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