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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Someone's Ancestor Sunday - Walter Elias Disney

A couple of weeks ago I watched a documentary about the life of Walt Disney.  He is one of my favorite people in history.  His creativity and lasting impact on children and adults alike is almost unmatched.  Being very familiar with Disney, his life, and creations, I decided to see what else is out there about his family tree.

Walt's parents were Elias Disney (Irish-Canadian) and Flora Call (German-American).  Arundel Elias Disney was born in 1801 in Gowran, County Kilkenny, Ireland.  Arundel was one of Walt's  great grandparents who emigrated to the U.S.  Arundel Disney was a descendant of Robert d'Isigny.  He was a Frenchman who had travelled with William the Conqueror in 1066 from England to Ireland.  The anglicised version of d'Isigny is Disney.  In England, d'Isigny had settled in a town known as Norton Disney, in the county of Lincolnshire.

It is always interesting to find a bit of someone's family tree online especially on Sunday....And he is Someone's Ancestor.

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