King Harald Bluetooth treasure trove
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The initial surprise may stroke a fellow's ego just a bit, but that quickly fades ... to be replaced by genuine wonder and appreciation for the insight it gives to the passage of time. History is more than a simple collection of dates and events ... discovering a few of our personal connections with the past makes history come vibrantly alive.
I have heroes as many people do. Mine are, in order: Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and William Tecumseh Sherman. I found my ancestor served in the 40th Illinois Infantry and thus served under Grant and Sherman. I found out which battles he fought in, which battles he was wounded in, where he was captured, where he was exchanged, where he rejoined his regiment, etc. I was quite excited for a long time. Unfortunately, I can't push the Mackey side back further because I don't know who his father was.
My maternal grandparents were German immigrants in the 1800s so I have no known way of pushing back my research for them.
My Mom's side, from New England, is in some way easier. Some branches intersect with documented trees which makes it much easier.
On my father's side, from one of the grandmothers (Gibbs) I have traced the lineage back to a Gibb who resided in Germany in the 1600s. I always wondered whether he was a merchant or a royalist who fled the Puritans.
Oh, and my grandfather's Army discharge papers were signed by a Major Dwight Eisenhower. Family legend say Eisenhower tried to persuade my grandfather and great uncle to remain in the Army.
And you're right >9 Rood: it amazes me to find myself so connected to history.
Besides that, family tree goes back till 1500 ( documented ) and even 1300 ( undocumented and apocryphal )
I compared my results ( fatherline )with my nephew's ( the son of the brother of my mother ).
We are all "out of Africa" but my mother's dna came from people, who followed the Mediterranean, lingered a bit on the East side and then walked to the North west, crossing the Alps and end in Northern France. My own Dna ( male line ) and my father showed people coming out of Africa, heading East until half way Russia and then turned back north west and came to Northern France through North Germany.
Who We Are and How We Got Here by David Reich