TORONTO, September 19, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - 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 website.
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 New England.
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 crossings.
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).