I am descended from royalty and so are you...
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But yes finding a royal ancestor in a family tree is remarkably easy if you can find records that go back a few hundred years.
For instance ... one source lists Charlemagne as my first cousin 37 times removed, but while checking just now ... geni also claims he's my 33rd Great Grandfather. Can he be both, are geni's computers hopelessly confused, or is the whole field a scam.
Two days ago, while researching Duke (and once nominal King of Norway), Skule Bardsson of Rein, Geni's computer strongly suggested he's my 20th Great Grandfather. However, his sister is listed as a Great-Grandmother, and not through incest, either.
So don't believe everything you read.
I can only trace my father's ancestry by name (Mackey) to the mid-1800s. One branch of my father's family (my great grandmother Gibbs has traced the lineage back to Germany in the 1600s. Intriguing to think what an English family was doing in Germany at that time. I think most likely because they were merchants, dissenters, or English Civil War related... but it's all speculation.
Still, while I'm confident Charlemagne is in there somewhere, no one of note has turned up in either my father or mother's families that I can find. No known kings, queens.... Sigh.
That said, my father traced us back, and Anna Comnena is my 30X aunt. I find that pretty fun.
A year ago I followed another famiily line from Norway through Kiev and Constantinople to the last Persian Dynasty, prior to the invasion of Persia by Mohammed's grandson, Husayn Ibn Talib, who is said to have taken the late Shah's daughter (Auletena Shahrbanu Binte Yazdegird) as one of his (many?) wives. It was the death of Huysayn at Karbala on 10 October 680 which split the Mohammedan world into two warring factions: the Sunni and the Shia. Geni suggests the Shah's daughter is my third cousin, 46 times removed.
Don't know what others might think but I find being distantly related to Mohammed to be both unbelievably improbable and wildly hilarious. The thing is ... it puts an entirely new light on history, and on Mohammedanism.
If my family is to be believed, we go back to Jonathan Edwards (the preacher), Aaron Burr (yes, that one), and Sir Francis Drake.
Difficulty on the last one is he was a Lothario with kids in every port he stopped, with no proof of paternity...
Also of difficulty, my family research ends about the 1300s because the records burned in unexplained fires and other occurrences.
You might think so, Lola, when you take the opportunity to follow the complicated royal lines through history, as demonstrated by the thoroughly documented diagrams painstakingly illustrated at this fellow's fascinating link: