One of the fun bits about genealogy as a hobby is that you end up delving into places and areas you’ve never remotely understood. And I always pooh-poohed any possibility of being able to trace ancestry back into the Roman Empire, but research got me into some really, really interesting characters, during the Really Dark [...]
You learn things chasing ancestors..things that aren’t in the history books, nor quite spelled out in anthropology texts.
American kids hear a lot of Pilgrims seeking religous freedom in the Colonies, and not a great deal about the English Civil War, phase 1 and phase 2, which were about the same time. The two groups, [...]
You know one of my hobbies is genealogy. And you’ve heard the 6 Degrees of Separation theory. Well, I have one for you.
You are one. Your parents are 2. Your grandparents are 4 in number. Your great-grandparents are 8. You have 16 great-great (or 2nd-great) grandparents. You have 32 third-great-grandparents. And 64 fourth-great grandparents.
Certain observations follow [...]