Tidbits

The pages listed below are bits and pieces of information we hope you find useful.

Brad and Pam's Ancient Family Connection

While doing this research we have found at least one point where our two families connect other than the obvious connection of our own marriage. However, this site does not currently provide links between the trees.

The connection isn't a common ancestor, so we're not cousins of any degree; we are related only by marriage. Still, we find the fact that our (extended) families crossed paths almost three centuries ago to be interesting. The connection is:

Famous/Infamous Relations

A general truism about genealogy is that if you go back far enough, you will find yourself related to everyone else (such as the connection between Pam and Brad's families outlined above). While the practical limit of genealogical research is generally limited to a few centuries at most, within that time you can still find an amazing set of connections to other people.

Moreover, some recent studies suggest that the most recent common ancestor (that is, the most recently living individual who is a direct ancestor for everyone) for all of Europe may have been alive a mere 1000-1500 years ago. Note that this is not proved by any means — it is a statistical analysis.

Royal Ancestors

Among the famous ancestors, finding a royal ancestor is often considered a high point of researching one's family. However, such a discovery is no big deal, at least for most English-speaking peoples. The lack of a real caste system in England allowed for marriage between classes, and there are estimated to be MILLIONS of “ordinary” people descended directly from English royalty. Everyone else is probably at least a relative.

One just has to find the connection. We've found at least one.

Our Famous Relations

In the course of our family research, we have found many ancestors and relations (some close, some distant) who are considered famous. Some are famous within a local region, others are internationally known. These individuals are part of the genealogy we believe we can verify, and can be found through the index links on the left side of this page.

We have also found more distantly related “famous” individuals who are not (yet) found in either Pam's or Brad's trees as recorded on this site. For a bit of genealogical fun, check out this page of Famous and Infamous Relations.