We’ve all seen them: family trees which purportedly go back over 700 years. Many trace their lineage to Charlemagne or other royals, as those were among the few people who kept track of genealogy. I have seen some that actually “trace” back to Adam and Eve. As in, the first two people to have ever lived, according to Biblical history.
Recently, I got a “match” on familysearch.org giving me the option to link my chart with another one matching a person on that tree. Well, I reviewed it for sources and could find few, but what I did notice was that it went all the way back to 130 A.D. One hundred and thirty years after Christ’s birth?! That would be fantastic if it were true. But, with zero sources linked, I had to say no.
I didn’t attach this tree to mine, and I’m certainly not accusing anyone of impropriety. But, it got me thinking. How far back can really be said to be reliable? At what point do you disassociate yourself from distant ancestors? I personally can’t really relate to anything prior to 1500 A.D.–I just can’t wrap my mind around it.
How far back have you gotten in your research? Can you relate to ancestors from over 500 years ago? Have you ever seen a convincing tree that went back that far? I’d love to hear your opinions on this.