For you to be born..........

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  1. Sis

    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    In order to be born, you needed:

    • 2 parents
    • 4 grandparents
    • 8 great-grandparents
    • 16 second great-grandparents
    • 32 third great-grandparents
    • 64 fourth great-grandparents
    • 128 fifth great-grandparents
    • 256 sixth great-grandparents
    • 512 seventh great-grandparents
    • 1,024 eighth great-grandparents
    • 2,048 ninth great-grandparents
    For you to be born today from 12 previous generations, you needed a total sum of 4,094 ancestors over the last 400 years.

    Think for a moment – How many struggles? How many battles? How many difficulties? How much sadness? How much happiness? How many love stories? How many expressions of hope for the future? – did your ancestors have to undergo for you to exist in this present moment…

    — Lyrical Zen
     
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    Schnurrbart Well-Known Member

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    Nice, but I thought 4,096, although who knows what some ancestors got up to?
     
  3. mikejee

    mikejee Well-Known Member

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    If you come from a rural area , then probably a lot less due to inbreeding. The same if you come from a royal family
     
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    Findem The Fearless One

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    :D Time to head for the hills Mike!
     
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    Schnurrbart Well-Known Member

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    A bit harsh as Albert Einstein, H G Wells, Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Darwin all married first cousins. I could include Jerry Lee Lewis, but Shucks and Yee Ha!
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    My Castle Camps people all intermarried and my Dad always said that, considering the gene pool, we did pretty well! :D
     
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    PeterG Well-Known Member

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    "Pedigree collapse" is the phrase of the day!

    For an introduction see Wikipedia
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedigree_collapse
     
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    Findem The Fearless One

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    My paternal grandparents were first cousins and country folk until they moved to Chelmsford, when I relayed that info to a maternal aunt she replied "no wonder we are all barmy". :)
     
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    Eve Well-Known Member

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    One of my major bugbears is one of my 4x Gt Grandfathers. Now I’m panicking about the other 63 !! Not sure how many I’ve got so far And what about the other 127 5X ones !!
    Once you’ve seen this, you can’t unsee it …………..
     
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