Which Polar Explorer are you most closely connected to?

+19 votes

The polar exploration ship The Endurance was recently found, so we're featuring Ernest Shackleton in the Connection Finder this week.

Featured alongside him are other polar explorers:

Which one is most closely connected to you? If you're one of the 25.3 million of us who are connected to each other on our big tree you can check with the Connection Finder.

You can check for shared ancestors with the Relationship Finder. Are you a cousin to any of them? Your Relationship Finder Quick Links page (see your profile pull-down menu under "Relationships") has quick links for several notable groups.

Special feature: Check out how you're connected to other notables by using the green MyConnections button in the upper right hand corner of the category page. Browse related categories like Antarctic Explorers and Researchers, Arctic Explorers, and Explorers.

Let us know how you're related below! If you want to share your connection on social media with cousins and friends, click the "get shareable image" below the results, e.g. Ernest Shackleton and Vitus Bering. Then just upload it along with the URL of your direct connection. (Please refrain from sharing your connection on the featured profiles themselves, though. It clutters conversations on research and collaboration. Thanks!)

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WikiTree profile: Ernest Shackleton
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (520k points)
reshown by Chris Whitten
Why doesn't the Category:Polar_Explorers exist and will it be created and be added in the Subcategory list for Category:Featured_Connections?
Ranulph Fiennes is 21 degrees away from me through one marriage

37 Answers

+13 votes
I am most closely connected to Maurits Snellen at 22 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (145k points)
+15 votes
14 degrees from Richard Byrd (13th cousins, 2x removed)
19 degrees from Ernest Shackleton (8th cousins, 5x removed)
22 degrees from Jean-Baptiste Charcot
24 degrees from Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (16th cousins, 8x removed)
24 degrees from Robert Scott
25 degrees from Lawrence Oates
26 degrees from John Rymill
26 degrees from Maurits Snellen
30 degrees from Vitus Bering
31 degrees from Henry Larsen
36 degrees from Roald Amundsen
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 6 (66.1k points)
+13 votes
Oddly, I'm 39 degrees from my fellow Norwegians Roald Amundsen and Henry Larsen, and much closer to many of the others. It's probably due to the sparse representation of Norwegians here.
by Leif Biberg Kristensen G2G6 Pilot (128k points)
+14 votes

22 degrees from Robert Falcon Scott

23 degrees from Ernest Shackleton

25 degrees from Lawrence Oates

25 degrees from John Rymill

26 degrees from Richard Byrd

28 degrees from Jean-Baptiste Charcot

28 degrees from Ronald Amundsen

29 degrees from Vitus Bering

30 degrees from Adolf Erik Nordenskiold

30 degrees from Maupits Snellen

31 degrees from Henry Larsen

by Roy Tonkin G2G6 Mach 5 (54.0k points)
edited by Roy Tonkin
+12 votes
18 degrees from Jean-Baptiste Charcot (no relationship) and Adolf Erik Nordenskiold (9th cousins, 4 times remove) and

19 degrees from Ernest Shackleton and Vitus Bering
by Roger Stong G2G6 Pilot (457k points)
+11 votes
My closest connection is 16 degrees from Lawrence Oates
by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (983k points)
+12 votes

I am most closely connected to Richard Byrd at 20 degrees of separation.

by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (800k points)
edited by Tommy Buch
+13 votes
I'm only related to Richard Byrd, 11th cousins 4x removed. All the rest are crazy degrees of marriage.
by Shannon Mattingly G2G1 (1.4k points)
+12 votes
by Jeanette O'Hagan G2G6 Mach 2 (23.8k points)
+12 votes
16 degrees from Richard Byrd. 9th cousin thrice removed. MRCA Robert Hovel Smith (1560 - 1622).

21 degrees from Ernest Shackleton. 12th cousin thrice removed. MRCA Isabel (Meade) Berkeley (abt 1444 - 1514).

21 degrees from Robert Scott.

22 degrees from Lawrence Oates.

23 degrees from Jean-Baptiste Charcot.

24 degrees from Adolf Erik Nordenskiold. 10th cousin 8 times removed. MRCA Isabel (Livingstone) Ruthven (1440 - abt 1510).

24 degrees from John Rymill.

28 degrees from Vitus Bering.

29 degrees from Maurits Snellen.

33 degrees from Henry Larsen.

35 degrees from Roald Amundsen.
by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 4 (48.5k points)
+10 votes
by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Mach 8 (87.7k points)
+10 votes

18 degrees to Richard Byrd, with a couple of marriages along the path.  Shackleton, Byrd, and Nordenskiöld appear to be cousins, but all very distant.

by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 3 (31.7k points)
+10 votes
15 degrees from Richard Byrd, who is also a cousin--6th cousins, 3 times removed

More cousins in this group:

Ernest Shackleton--9th cousin, 5 times removed

Adolf Erik Nordenskiold--10th cousin, 6 times removed
by Cheryl Cruise G2G6 Mach 8 (85.5k points)
+9 votes
17 degrees from Richard Byrd (9th cousins, once removed)


Adolf Erik Nordenskiold (9th cousin, 6 times removed)

Ernest Shackleton (14th cousin, 5 times removed)
by Sean Delius G2G6 (7.0k points)
+9 votes
Robert Falcon Scott - 15 degrees - but, more interestingly, I'm only 3 handshakes from him.  My husband's grandfather served on one of his ships as a midshipman.
by Madelaine Kirke G2G6 Mach 1 (16.0k points)
How interesting! Have any personal stories been handed down?
Sadly, only an inscription in a book tells us that it happened
+8 votes
I'm 8 degrees from Ernest Shackleton.  And rather surprised that he's my 2nd Cousin, 3 times removed
by James Luther G2G2 (2.3k points)
Wow- that's pretty close.
+6 votes

11 degrees from Scott. 16 from Shackleton. 17 from Charcot. 19 from Byrd and Oates. 21 from Rymill. 22 from Nordenskiöld. 24 from Snellen. 26 from Bering and Spratlin. 30 from Amundsen. 37 from Larsen.  Not skilled yet at working out the cousins etc. relationships.

by Peter McCallum G2G1 (1.7k points)
+5 votes
Earnest Shackleton 10th cousin 4x removed

Richard Byrd 11th cousin 2x removed

Nordenskiöld 16th cousin 4x removed

WikiTree volunteer Ken Spratlin 14th cousin through Horsfall-6

Hi cousin Ken!
by Anonymous Reed G2G6 Mach 2 (28.6k points)

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