Do you know how many "Direct Ancestors" you have?
You'll be astonished at the answer! Here, we will go back 20 generations and find out:
Now we are not quite finished yet. You have to add up all the numbers to get the total number of people who were involved in "YOU" being on this planet, sitting at your computer, connected to the internet and reading this page ... and that TOTAL SUM IS:
Now lets look at this question from a different point in time. Let's start by using the year 2000 as a starting point.
Now assuming a generation is on average between 20 to 25 years, we will go back to the early 1500's when the 20th generation was inhabiting this planet. Okay, we're back here in the 1500's.
Now what we see here are 1,048,576 people, half male and half female. Some are located in the United Kingdom, some are scattered through continental Europe, some are in the Middle East, maybe a few are up in Siberia or Canada or the United States, but wherever they are fate has brought them together to form 524,288 partners.
These 524,288 relationships produced a lot of children! However, only one child from each set of partners is solely responsible for you being alive and in actuality is the 19th generation which is the same number as above 524,288.
Now you just keeping breaking it down until you arrive at the first generation, which of course is your parents.
Now these are all your direct ancestors. If you wanted to add aunts, uncles and cousins you would probably come up with the answer that equals the total population that has existed since the 1500's.
The moral of the story is the next time you meet someone
regardless of race, color, creed or religious background,
"BE KIND TO THEM BECAUSE
THEY ARE MOST LIKELY
Well I guess I'd better go get some more researching done. I'm still missing well over 2 million ancestors in my family tree and that's sure a lot of surnames to find!!!
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