In my own research, as I discover the names and lives of previous generations, it's striking to think about how many direct ancestors preceded me and how each played a key genetic role in my existence.
So, yesterday, when I came across this post, Your Family: Past, Present, Future on the Wait But Why website, I was excited to see the point expressed so articulately.
The article includes a diagram illustrating that we each have 128 5th great-grandparents. That's a lot of people in the past 200 years (estimating 25-30 years per generation) that made you! But when you turn your mind from the numeracy and focus on the human story aspect it's quite moving.
"The craziest thing to me is that this diagram, which only represents the last 200 years of your ancestry, contains 127 romantic relationships, each involving at least one critical sex moment and most of them probably involving deep love. You’re the product of 127 romances, just in the last 200 years alone."
The post also jabs at those researchers who claim they're descendants of royals (hey, I admit that when I started this mission, I also focused on those prestigious links). With 4,096 12th great-grandparents, it's a given that we're all probably related to royalty, but not just royalty.
Prostitutes, murderers, lunatics, and any other kind of person - indeed! So many exciting stories to uncover and so little time.