Famous Ancestors

Without revealing too much, have you ever sat down and traced your family tree? Followed the branches of any grandparent in your way? Well I've been doing that a lot lately. Found a lot more than I expected.
I'm going to drop two historical figure names and they're both my great-great-you get it grandfathers, on different sides of the family.
Alfred 'the Great' of Wessex, King of the Anglo-Saxons.
Archibald Campbell, Lord Chancellor of Scotland.

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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My ancestor
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolom%C3%A9_Esteban_Murillo

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Nice

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I descend from a long line of piss poor peasants

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Piss poor New England dirt farmers and before thay piss poor Old England farmers

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've only been able to trace back 300 years or so. My family is mainly just farmers or fishermen, ordinary people. Though I guess if I could look back further in time at some point one of them were probably in more interesting positions.

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Hannah Duston is my 9th great grandmother. Actual based female.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >puritan
      >based
      lol

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        You will never be a real woman

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      b***h looks dangerous with that axe

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My most famous attested ancestor was a Portuguese catholic priest who wrotes an epic poem about the Dutch-Portuguese war

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Otto the Great, also known as Otto I of Germany. Born in 912 in Wallhausen, his parents where Henry I, King of the Romans (The Fowler) and Matilda of Ringelheim. He married Edith, the daughter of Edward I. (the Elder) in 930. They had a happy marriage and had six children. He succeeded his father as King in July 936, and was crowned in Aachen on August 7. He had to defend his kingship mainly against relatives that thought they had better reasons to be Henry’s successor. The fighting stopped in 954 when the Hungarians started to threaten the kingdom. Queen Edith died in 946. In 951 Otto went to Italy and rescued Adelheid of Burgundy, the widow of King Lothar of Italy, who was imprisoned by Berengar II of Ivrea. He married Adelheid later that year. In August 955 he defeated the Hungarians near Augsburg. Pope John XII called for Otto's help when Berengar II threatened the papal state. Otto secured his sons succession to the throne and went to Italy. On February 2, 962 he and his wife were crowned Emperor and Empress. He was the first to be crowned Holy Roman Emperor by the hand of a Pope. He returned to Germany but was again called to Italy, this time by Pope John XIII, for help. To settle the conflict with Byzantium he crowned his son co-regent in 967 and upon his return to Germany married him to the Byzantium princess Theophano in 972. He died in 973 in the Palatinate of Memleben.

    Otto The Great is my 33rd grandpa.

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    my oldest ancestor is a german peasant from the 1750s who immigrated to america

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Familysearch, FindAGrave, and Wikitree are good free ways to help ya find the family tree. Familysearch wants ya to make an account though. Don't worry, like I said, its free.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Familysearch
        I'm sure its trust worthy to a point but my family tree sure as shit doesn't go back to Jesus cause that feller didn't have any kids

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        the only information that can be parsed from these other websites is that he probably came from the rhineland palatinate region

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Nice!

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        William Bradford on one line. Either William Brewster or John Alden and Priscilla Mullins on another depending on who's who. There's several generations of that family line with the same name. Some researchers are claiming Alden for my line but the numbers aren't right.

        I think Governor William Greene of Rhode Island is in there somewhere. I have to check that side against wkitree sometime.

        >Familysearch
        I'm sure its trust worthy to a point but my family tree sure as shit doesn't go back to Jesus cause that feller didn't have any kids

        The problem with Familysearch is LDS members are required to submit trees to the church were possible but not verify them.
        They're a great resource for official records though, when they're entered correctly. Some of their transcribers kind of suck at reading cursive.

        You can also access Ancestry.com free at your local library. They have some stuff FS doesn't. Be aware both Ancestry and Wikitree users occasionally copy stuff from LDS without factchecking.

        • 1 week ago
          Anonymous

          This. Be very wary of online trees that don’t have sources. Wikitree is one that can be very useful though because it has a lot of people collaborating and checking each other. It’s how I found out that one of my lines was based on a forgery and I was able to go back to the drawing board and correct it. Using sources and wikitree to double check the connections form peasants to low level nobility (which leads to the wild stuff) is a good way to do it.

          • 1 week ago
            Anonymous

            Yeah, it's the literal whos with no corroboration that tend to have problems. I had to correct somebody on wikitree recently on an entry for a cousin of mine. The original info from LDS mixed up two different people with the same surname and initials.

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Not to knock you down a peg, but virtually if not literally everyone of ethnic English heritage is a descendant of King Alfred. How can I say this with such confidence? Because he lived in the late 800s, and it’s widely accepted by historians that for those of us of English background, our last mutual ancestor was either King Edward I or King Edward III, both of whom lived and died about 500 years later than Alfred. To my memory, geneticists seem to believe it was Edward III while traditional archivists genealogists maintain it was more likely Edward I. Either or, it’s a grandfather and his grandson, so if it’s Edward III, we’re still all mutually related through Edward I anyway.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I just report what the family tree says lol, anything past like the early 1700s I don't necessarily believe but I'll tell you what the tree said.

      Edward The Elder, Alfred's son, had a daughter named Eadgifu who married Charles III 'The Simple' and they'd have a son named Louis IV. Who would have a son named Conrad. Who'd have a daughter named Berthe who married a guy named Eudes Ier de Blois and off down the line we go from there. Do I buy it? Not really but it was just fun to see.

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I learned that Bach is my 9th great grandfather earlier today.

  10. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >yeah I did that oops
    mum aus deutchland uber alles her dad was in police force ahem

  11. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Ony of my ancestors discovered the fire in a cave around 150.000 years ago. I am famous.

  12. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    My ancestors were
    >killed by bolsheviks and gulag'd by Stalin
    >literal Slav-German rape babies
    >irrelevant literal who peasants
    So I don't know shit about them and probably never will.

  13. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    My ancestors were a loosely attached tribal clan with democratically elected King. Refused to pay taxes and stabbed and poisoned tax officers without remorse, sometimes changing location driving oxen-pulled chariots until finding a new wilderness to inhabit.
    They behaved like this until around the early to mid 20th Century.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      That sounds extremely interesting, do you have any more information about what that clan was called or where they were from?

  14. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    I'm probably related to all Germans that lived prior to the 13th century

  15. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    My familiar name can be traced back to Norman barons who were native to the Avranchin, before settling in England. One of them was a castellan of Richard I and joined him on his crusade during which he died at Jaffa.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      *family

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Mf de Verdun lookin ass

      I can find de Verduns in my family tree but they’re really far out there and not my paternal line.

  16. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Of my four grandparents:
    >two of them you can’t really get back beyond the late late 1700s/first few decades of the 1800s
    >one of them some lines go back to the early and mid-1600s
    >one of them back to the late 1500s, but most of the traceable branches on that side of the family don’t go further back than the early/mid-18th century
    One particular line that I’ve sadly been unable to explore is of one of my several times great grandmothers, who was born in Vermont in the 1790s. Just a complete full stop - can’t find dick all for documentation on her, it’s like she materialized out of thin air. It’s quite frustrating because most of my other pre-American War of Independence ancestors who lived in New England can almost all be traced back to the 1630s-50s — it’s only the wives and mothers whose lines end abruptly along the way thanks to the fact that many of them are only written in documentation by their first names. Anyway, I really would like to see if I have any Mayflower Puritan ancestors. I have several ancestors who were among the very first batch of settlers to New France, so I’m curious to see if I have the same for New England.

    I don’t have any famous ancestors that I know of except for some of the aforementioned first batch of French Canadians, only a few of whom are household names in the right genealogy circles. In that line I also have some gentry/lesser nobility, but I imagine they were very bottom of the barrel anyway, only really gentry/nobility in name by that point. But on another of my English lines I am descended from some genuine landed gentry folk, who were armigerous and confirmed as such in the books of the royal heralds from the mid-1500s. Haven’t been able to get any further back then that, but I would love to find out how and when they became an armigerous family.

  17. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    I was the first one to have been born outside of a 10 mile radius in central lancashire for at least 300 years

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      just to clarify, I'm not sure if anyone noteworthy has ever come from central lancashire but they if they did they weren't one of my ancestors

  18. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    I don't know if you'd call them famous per se, but I'm descended from two separate lineages that were aboard the Mayflower, which is a fact I'm extremely proud of. As part of America's indisputable founding stock, I can be confident in saying I don't like modern immigrants very much.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Cool, which two people was it? I can trace my ancestry back to two people on the mayflower: James Chilton and Thomas Rogers. It’s kind of funny though because 7/8 of my great grandparents on both sides of my family were technically 20th century immigrants to the US, including the line that can be traced back to the mayflower because a group of them left and then a few of their descendants came back.

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