- who do you think you are? Alexander Armstrong
Isn’t it likely that most of us are descended from William?
1000 years since William’s time, that makes maybe 30 generations. Go back one generation, I’m descended from two people. Go back two generations, I’m descended from four people. Go back 30 generations by that model I’m descended from about a billion people. But of course I’m not, because there are two people in this generation descended from my parents. Not sure how to factor that in.
Let me get thinking about that.. maybe an iterative formula..Posted 4 years agoHarry_the_SpiderSubscriber
My dad has traced our family tree. Take it back a few generations then look at the extended members and you will snag some interesting characters.
I’m related in one way or another to these…
J Bruce Ismay (owned the Titanic and saved his own skin when it went down) – By marriagePosted 4 years ago
Henry Robertson Bowers (died with Scott at the South Pole) – Cousin a couple of times removed
Joe Nelson (Captain of Wigan RLFC) – Cousin a couple of times removed
Mo Saunders (won the FA Cup playing for Preston North End) – Cousin a couple of times removed
The hangman for Nottinghamshire – direct relative
At least two murderers – Cousins a couple of times removed
Several convicted members of the IRA – Cousins a couple of times removedsomafunkSubscriber
A direct family descendant of our family on my fathers side was one of the Lamont clan chiefs in the 16th century who owned the Cowal peninsula in Argyll, my ancestor along with 30 other Lamonts were hung by the Campbells in the old Dunoon churchyard in what is known as the “Dunoon massacre”, the Campbells also slaughtered another 100 odd members of the clan therefore the old saying “never trust a Campbell” is very true. I was informed by my gran that we were are also related to the Lamonts of Possil by some roundabout family circumstance, prob a teenage wedding if the previous 100 odd years is anything to go by…needless to say we own absolutely **** all these days despite most of Argyll belonging to us a few hundred years ago…. i think it’s time to raise arms and kick some Campbell arse!….Inveraray castle will fall before the year is out……..probably…..or perhaps not.
So going by what family records i have read or been informed of it appears that pretty much every ancestor of mine till the late 18th century could reasonably be called a murderer of some sort, and if you go back further than that i guess you say my entire ancestral background practiced clan genocide as some of the recorded battles were rather gruesome to say the least.
Edit : our clan motto is “Ne Parcas Nec Spernas” which translated is ‘Neither spare nor dispose” , pretty apt after reading our history really.Posted 4 years agokimbersSubscriber
Well going back 40 generations you’d have over 2 trillion ancestors
Of course that’s not true because there will be lots of overlap especially on smaller communities
Ultimately it shows that ancestry claims are absolute rubbish , about all it does in reinforce the idea that we are call descended from upright apesPosted 4 years agogrumMember
Not a massive surprise re Armstrong – wasn’t he in the papers a while ago whining about how being posh has been a terrible disadvantage for him. Poor diddums.
My grandad has done a lot of genealogy and reckons we’re related to Ethelred the Unready (amongst others) – though god knows how he can trace it that far back.Posted 4 years ago
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