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Have you traced your roots back for more than a few generations?

  1. Randy Godwin profile image93
    Randy Godwinposted 6 years ago

    Have you traced your roots back for more than a few generations?

    Just how far back can you trace your family tree?

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    The Writers Dogposted 6 years ago

    An Uncle traced my paternal grandmother's side of the family back as far as Norman Conquest in 1066. I am investigating claims that my paternal grandfather's family were in the Domesday Book, but have about 600 years to go.

  3. justateacher profile image81
    justateacherposted 6 years ago

    So far, I have traced ancestors back to the 1500's on one side....the other side of the family I can't get as far because I lose the trail with my Native American ancestors..It has been amazing to see what I can find!

  4. odie_driver profile image61
    odie_driverposted 6 years ago

    I can trace a branch of my family tree back to William the Conqueror, and his tree goes back to Sveide `the Sea-King' who was alive around 800 AD.

  5. TL Boehm profile image59
    TL Boehmposted 6 years ago

    Yes, i'm researching both my maternal and paternal lines and a step father's line - as well as my husbands lineage. So far I've gone back to Charlemagne both sides of the family as well as my step line. The bulk of my research right now is in the 900's with my mom's maternal family.
    I understand brick walls though. They are so frustrating. My husband's paternal family was German and I can't find any information beyond 1850 or so. I also am stuck in the early 1800's on his mom's side.
    What I've noticed is - if you can get back to Colonial America - say a pilgrim - you can get back to William the Conqueror - or close. And William is a descendant of Charlemagne. I think over 25% of people with English ancestry can trace back to William the Conqueror. When I set out to start my family tree - I never planned to go back more than a few generations. I am still surprised by what I've found.
    I also have a dead end on my father's side with a Sandusky Seneca native american grandparent.
    I found one line on my mother's side that shows evidence of going back to 185 AD but I have not researched it. and another that shows evidence (its probably more mythology based than factual) of ancestry back to one of the sons of Noah. I find this evidence suspect of course but sometimes the family mythologies are fun to study.

  6. Jamie Brock profile image93
    Jamie Brockposted 6 years ago

    Yes, I used a popular online website.. I found out some very interesting things... I actually traced back several generations.  I found out my Great(3x) Grandfather on my dad's side was a Judge, on my mothers side, my grandmother's,  grandmother's husband was the town drunk and a sheriff and he managed to gambled away a few Indian lots that belonged to his wife who was a full blooded choctaw.  He was white.  I found that pretty interesting.  There was lots more but it was a REALLY long time ago.  I was lots of fun learning all this stuff for sure. I'm still not done researching but I have to renew my account on the site first.

  7. Mr Archer profile image93
    Mr Archerposted 6 years ago

    According to my mother, who makes it her business to know everything she can about her side of the family, we are related to the last king of Scotland; James Macubbin around the early to mid 1200's, I believe. In addition, she states we had ancestors on the Mayflower. She always finds someone important to speak about, so this time I asked her "Why is it people are always related to someone famous, rather than dear old Uncle Dan, who was hung for stealing horses?" She didn't talk to me for about two months, that time.

    On my Father's side, we have Cherokee lineage, as the family says; but we cannot connect the dots. Evidently, his ancestors left the area in or around the Carolinas before the Trail of Tears, and settled somewhere in Kentucky or Tennessee. The line breaks, and picks up again in the late 1800's. That is the line I am most interested in, but finding the connection is almost impossible.

  8. Lady Guinevere profile image60
    Lady Guinevereposted 6 years ago
  9. eugbug profile image97
    eugbugposted 5 years ago

    I have only traced my ancestors back to the 1860s. It is a tedious and time consuming process and some records have been destroyed, are non existent or written in such illegible hand writing that it is difficult to make sense of it all! It really is fascinating piecing all the information together though.