TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - Maybe this explains why they squabble
like family -- Ontario provincial election rivals Dalton McGuinty and
Tim Hudak are related, according to Ancestry.ca, Canada's leading family history website1.
McGuinty, the incumbent Premier and leader of the Ontario Liberals and
his main rival Hudak, head of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives,
are tenth cousins through their mothers. Their shared ancestor is Louis
Jobidon, their ninth great-grandfather. Originally from France, Jobidon
married Marie Deligny in 1655 in Notre-Dame-de-Québec Catholic Church
in Québec City.
"You can't help but think 'what would Grandpa Louis think of this
rivalry?", said Roger Dunbar, Managing Director of Ancestry.ca. "Discovering who is related to whom helps us use the past to better
understand the present and prepare for the future. With Dalton McGuinty
and Tim Hudak in such a tight election, Louis Jobidon would be proud of
the leadership genes he has passed along, but it sure will make for an
interesting family Thanksgiving Dinner this year."
Louis Jobidon and Marie Deligny's marriage record can be found in
Ancestry.ca's Drouin Collection, the most comprehensive collection of
French-Canadian and Québec historical records in existence, spanning
almost 350 years from 1621 to 1967. The collection includes 17 million
records, including baptism, marriage and burial records, as well as a
compilation of church records from Ontario, Nova Scotia and parts of
This discovery comes from the same family history site that discovered
that Madonna, Celine Dion and Camilla Parker Bowles are themselves
related through a shared Québec ancestor, Zacharie Cloutier.
To discover if you are related to politicians, celebrities or even
royals, visit www.Ancestry.ca to sign up for a 14-day free trial.
Canada's leading family history website, Ancestry.ca hosts 128 million Canadian records, including the complete historical
Canadian censuses from 1851 to 1916, Ontario and British Columbia vital
records from as early as 1813, Quebec vital records (The Drouin
Collection), Canadian passenger lists and U.S. / Canada border
Ancestry.ca was launched in January 2006 and belongs to the global network of
Ancestry websites (wholly owned by Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), which
hosts seven billion records. To date, more than 26 million family trees
have been created and 2.6 billion profiles and 65 million photographs
and stories uploaded (July 29, 2011).
1 comScore, 2010, based on genealogy related websites selected from the
Family and Parenting sub-category under the Community category
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