Nah, I still think you're probably more closely related to Laura Ingalls, even "distantly," than I may be. Distant connections count! Interestingly, back in 1985 when I lived in Oregon, I met a chap with that same last name, asked if he was related, and it turned out that Laura's uncle, Hiram Ingalls, was his great-great grandfather! He brought me over some genealogical charts and stuff and it was so fun to realize that this man was actually related to an author and person I admire greatly. This fellow was about my age when we met, and I was chagrined and saddened to learn recently that he has since passed away from cancer.
Have you ever been to Malone, NY and visited the Almanzo Wilder museum there? Part of the original Wilder farm is open to visitors; we went over there and toured the house (amazing how small the rooms are compared to homes now!), the rebuilt barns, etc. Really fun and such a delightfully thrilling sensation to know that we were in the same place where Laura's husband had lived. Also, during one of my jaunts to San Francisco, I made contact with one of the people involved in producing Laura's book, "West From Home." This woman gave me the exact directions to the apartment building where Laura had stayed with their daughter, Rose, during her visit to the International "fair" that was held there in the early 1900's. I found the place, and it was really neat to stand there and, again, know that Laura had walked in this same street.
Ah, well, enough of that! What's your passion in permaculture/gardening?