Most shocking thing you found in your family tree?

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  1. Arale

    Arale Well-Known Member

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    I just found out that I have royal blood.
     

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  2. galvatran

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    Our family has a pear tree. A partridge. No effing golden rings. Not five, not even one!
     
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  3. Drangleic

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    Numenoreans. Dark Numenoreans in the service and worship of the dark lord. :ev: 
     
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    That I am related to some people with questionable behaviors.
     
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  5. MetalRyde

    MetalRyde is an a-hole with a heart. RIP Spike and Mojo.

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    Not much. Just that I'm related to a murderer.

    EDiT: just looked up my family tree book and remembered 3 politicians. One was a military general.

    That's all I can say. <.< >.>
     
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  6. ILoveDinobot

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    Not really a family tree, but this is what I know of my family history.

    My grandfather gave me written accounts of our family history which was cool, of course translated to english for me. But, the earliest shows they were living in Rome in the ancient times, and when I looked it up it says that around that time period Jews that lived in Rome were traders who traded with the Jews in Egypt, I assumed after they were freed. When Rome made Christianity the official religion, my family had to flee and slowly had to make their way fleeing country by country in Europe to be able to practice their religion til they made it to Russia some centuries ago. There they became of family of pharmacists. Just a reminder, pharmacists back then were the people who made the medicine and delivered it to the doctors or made the medicines when the doctors asked for it, back then you would teach your kids your practice and they would take over. So, this went on for generations until hostility against the Jews came to Russia too. In the early 1900s my family left Europe for USA to escape an arranged marriage and the rising tensions of war and promise of the Holocaust.
     
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  7. Arkimus Prime

    Arkimus Prime GRAMMAR!

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    I found a Frisbee up there once.

    It was pretty neat.
     
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  8. ssjkazer

    ssjkazer mr dyslexia

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    Let's see, family from vikings, also from one of the bloodest Moari chefs, and Ned kelly
     
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  9. Murasame

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    My maternal grandfather was in the Waffen SS, but from what I heard at the end of the war they put even unvoluntary people in there, so my hope is, it was that. As I can't imagine he'd be done that willingly, also he deserted and fled, when he got send back from Russia due to injury from shrapnel, to be with my grandma, which sounds nice :) 

    My paternal grandfather was born in Croatia, which might explain why I always felt like being born in the wrong climate zone, as I find Germany mostly too cold :lol 
     
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    Mine doesn’t have any branches!

    Haha. I’m mostly German and French on both sides of my family...with a bit of Ireland, England, Luxembourg and Native American in there as well. Most of my ancestors left Europe for the U.S. during the 2nd half of the 1800’s.
     
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  11. Rodimus74

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    I've always wanted to look into this. Is Ancestry really worth trying along with the DNA test? Or is it pretty much a scam?
     
  12. ILoveDinobot

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    I think it's a scam. Every single person I've known who has done it, is somehow related to royalty. Like OP. My old neighbor, my friend from high school, my half brother.
     
  13. Rewind Eject

    Rewind Eject Still no war in Ba Sing Se

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    I don't think it's a scam in the sense of them intentionally conning you, but being descended from royalty isn't the shocker people think it is. Think about it, you have two parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents... and so on. On the other side of history, Charlemagne had 18 children and 25 confirmed grandchildren. Everyone of European descent is distantly descended from at least that one king and probably more.
     
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  14. Rodimus74

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    I honestly don't care about the family tree part. I'd be more interested in the DNA testing. But again, how reliable is that?
     
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    They would need the DNA from your relatives to be able to make a match.
     
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    That males sense. What a scam.
     
  17. KremzeekTyCobb

    KremzeekTyCobb Your redundancy stains/Tired of infantile claims

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    I was shocked and ashamed to discover how I'm the 18th pale descendant of some old queen or other.
     
  18. Murasame

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    Oh and my surname is so uncommon and rare, that most probably everyone with that name is related to me (unless they were just married in). Although I don't know them. From what I heard most of my unknown relatives from my paternal side migrated to the US before the war. I once googled them and found even a Dr. Ken K....... Among them. And aside from our distinct features, like our foreheads, he looks so typically American, like you know Americans from tv. Too perfect white teeth, tanned. Strange to see. I sometimes wonder how they are and why we are not in contact and I found out about them only through Google. The other part of most relatives seem to live around Berlin and I don't know any of them either.

    And weird enough, I found another right in our home town and my father is like "yeah, that's my brother" and I'm like "WHAT? I have an uncle I don't know??"

    And it all started like that, when I was a kid. At my paternal grandmother's house was always another very old woman. I never knew that was my great grandmother. But apparently most people in our family get very old. Most died around 96-98. So I said I wanted to get 120! :lol  I only decided that recently, seeing as immortality and eternal youth is not an option still :lol 
     
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  19. Arale

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    My uncle knew Queen Mary and worked under her, yes, that Mary.
     
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    Try this organization. I started using it a decade ago. It is free to use and even includes a family tree maker. It is operated by the Mormons and is a legitimate resource. It may not have all of the glamour of Ancestry or other paid services, but you can get a lot of basic information out of it. Fair warning: you are about to enter a rabbit hole...lol.

    FamilySearch • Free Family Trees and Genealogy Archives