February 3, 2003

Why we are all cousins

Danish genealogist Jacob Holdt has an interesting site that traces the roots of his family an almost unbelievable number of ancient people.

"Hitchhiking with my son, Daniel, to see Acropolis - built by Pericles - his 2nd cousin 82 times removed . Since then he has on his own hitchhiked all the way from Denmark to China to see the Great Wall which his 79th great-grandfather caused to be built.

Note: None of these relationships carry any genetic significance since we almost all descend from these famous people as I show here..."

These links show some of our trees that extend furthest back in time (wide charts - scroll horizontally):
Charlemagne 742 - 814
Gabhran Macdomangairt (500 - 599)

Posted by jhowell at February 3, 2003 4:16 PM