Climbing In The Family Tree

Have you ever looked into the family tree and thought to yourself, wow I decedent from all those fascinating people? People who may have been a part of something major in history, or those who silently went about their lives not knowing one day generations later they were the ones sowing the seeds that lead to great things.

Think about it? Climbing in the family tree is a mystery to many of us.

I can trace one side of the family tree back to 1060s when William the Conqueror came to England to claim his throne. The other side of the family traced to the 1500s England and 1700s in Scandinavia. As climb through the family tree, exploring the many branches, it is clear to me how fascinating these people are. A few were a part of major historical events, other were noble people who ruled their lands quietly, and others played critical role in beginnings.

I remember my father telling me about my paternal grandmother’s side of the family being horse thieves and bandits. Then when I did a little digging, it was much more than that. They were one of the wealthy titled families once back before the Revolutionary War, and we all came from a second son of a family that had married a cousin of the late Queen of England many generations later. It must have sucked to be the second son in those days.

The DNA tests people take to find out their heritage has opened a whole new door into genealogical exploration of the family tree. Being in biological sciences, just getting my results made me asking how the heck did my gene markers lead to the map of every ancestor’s movements since the beginning of time. Each marker the words spelling out the history of who you are, and the history of where you came from. None of it can tell the story of your ancestors like the church register or a historical document in a museum.

Still there are holes in some of the family history and branches missing from the tree. A mystery that may never be solved. So to answer the question, how far back in your family tree can you go? I can go back a long ways, yet it seems not far enough.

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