When my grandfather passed away in 2005 I inherited his massive stamp collection and was surprised to find a complete family tree, genealogy charts and notes buried at the bottom of one of the boxes. I was amazed to find out how rich this history is and very confused as to why my grandfather never mentioned any of it to me. Over the past several years I’ve been researching and verifying the information I found. This research also got me interested in tracing my mother’s side of the family and I’ve discovered some interesting things there as well.
My direct ancestors in America were soldiers in the Revolutionary War, a member of the Boston Tea Party, famous politicians, educators and ministers, pioneers and early colonists – I’m directly descended from 6 Mayflower passengers. It was very overwhelming to take all of this in, being that I’m a huge history buff.
To discover that (among other notables) William the Conqueror is my 28th great-grandfather and Queen Matilda, the 1st Queen of England is my 26th great-grandmother, and that they’re directly descended from Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor, and King of the Franks, is kinda mind blowing. Seriously, King John is my 24th Great-Grandfather? The guy who signed the Magna Carta?