Monday Musings: Are We All Cousins?

Have you ever thought about how many ancestors one person could possibly have?  Mathematically speaking, taking one’s family tree out thirty generations would result in about a BILLION ancestors.  Taking it out forty to fifty generations would result in approximately a TRILLION ancestors — more people than have EVER lived on the earth!

Of course, that has never happened (or ever will), but why is that?  The answer is pedigree collapse.

This article was enhanced and published in the May 2018 issue of Digging History Magazine.  Preview the issue here or purchase here.

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    • The more research I perform, the more I’m convinced we are all related somehow, someway!

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      • Hi Sharon, my search has just begun, and I do believe your theory is correct! You and I are realted! John O and Mary Jane had a daughter named Mary Catherine. She is my Great Grandmother! I would be very interested in any information you might have about Joseph being Native American and possibly in the Trail of Tears…

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