Where do I come from?

Howard Thomas Family Tree

Howard Charles Thomas Family Tree
I’ve become quite practised at researching and making up a family tree. Specialist software is essential. But I wanted to know where I came from; did I have any identity to get to feel?
It’s taken a long time, probably two to three hours a week over three years. Not much cost, as most of it is published already on the Internet.
But the results are here in the attached document. In short, I’ve traced back 70 generations to about 100 BCE.
That’s why there are so many illustrious people on the tree. Like Mark Anthony, Vercengetorix, Boudicca, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror. There are also pretty ugly people like Olga of Kiev.
But just think about basic arithmetic. You have two parents and 4 grandparents, and 8 great grandparents.
In 70 generations I have 70 X 2 to the power of 69. This comes to: 2 361 183 241 434 822 606 848, which is 2361 billion billion ancestors. In just the last 100 years, I have 30 ancestors. In the last 200 hundred years, there have been 1022. In the last 300 years, it’s a monstrous 524 286.
I’m not sure what the chances are of being descended from Mark Anthony (83 BCE to 30 BCE), who is 66 generations ago, but a genealogist friend of mine says that there are probably 40-million people alive today who are descended from Cleopatra’s lover.
So it’s no big deal. What is interesting is that it’s a chance of fate. This wormhole into European royalty is due to a little Huguenot girl who married a coloured boy on 10 December 1690.


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