I forgot the piss poor Irish side of my family.
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I am directly descended from the Houses of Valois and Orleans, the Plantaganets, the Bourbons, the Habsburgs and the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
Why would you doubt it? All those nobles are related to each other - a fact which is well documented. Even without documentation, it is also safe to assume that all Europeans are reasonably closely related to those nobles even if not directly descended. Furthermore, all humans are related to them to some degree.
I once saw a geneological chart which proved that all the royalty of Europe are descended from the Han Chinese. The chart showed every individual in the chain and worked like this:
~ A Han Chinese princess was married into the Sassanid dynasty
~ A Sassanid princess descended from the Han Chinese princess married an Eastern Roman Emperor
~ A Roman (Byzantine) princess descended from the Sassanid princess married the Holy Roman Emperor Otto II. All European royal lineages can be traced back to their daughter Matilda.
Richard I married Berengaria of Navarre
Richard II married Anne of Bohemia
Henry IV married Joanna of Navarre
James I married Anne of Denmark
Charles II married Catherine of Braganza
James II married Mary of Modena
Last edited by Basil 11; October 16, 2010 at 06:28 AM.
Here's some interesting facts for you guys:
Mathematical models have predicted that at least 80% of the population of the British Isles are descendents of William the Conqueror.
The probability of every person with European ancestry being descended from Charlemagne is 99.99% likely (except that you have to add about another 10,000 nines after the decimal point).
Bill Gates is a direct descendent of Alfred the Great.
Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Brad Pitt, and Paris Hilton are all direct descendents of Henry II of England.
Tom Hanks and Ernest Hemingway are both direct descendents of King John of England.
Aga Khan IV (the 49th Nizari Imam) is a direct descendent of Edward I Longshanks.
And all of you guys are also descended from famous historical figures except that no one cares enough to research your linage for you.
All of them and you probably are too. That doesn't mean that you have any genetics from ancient Egypt. Humans tend to have genetics primarily from localized regions where most of their recent ancestors came from.The pharaohs had hundreds of kids each. How many modern Egyptians are descendants of Pharaohs?
Here's a hypothetical scenario commonly used to explain this in physical anthropology courses:
A European ship is blown off course in 100 AD and lands in the Caribbean, with no way home. Only one man survives the voyage. He isn’t killed by the locals but is instead taken in.
By 1492, all of the Caribbean is descended from this European man, but his DNA is extinct. There is no evidence of his existence in the DNA of the living people. He is everyone's ancestor, but no one has his DNA.
- He has offspring with one of the native women and has children. 1/2 of their DNA is European.
- The children mate with pure natives and have grandchildren. About 1/4 (can be more or less, by chance) of their DNA is European.
- The grandchildren mate with pure natives and have great-grandchildren. About 1/8 (more or less) of their DNA is European.
- And so on.
Here's an interesting related article on common ancestors of all living humans: http://tedlab.mit.edu/~dr/Papers/Rohde-MRCA-two.pdf