January 28, 2018
I have been researching my family history for five years, if not longer, and have traced some branches of my family tree back a thousand years. Using Ancestry.com at my local library, and FamilySearch.com at home (a free search and family tree provided by the Mormon Church), I have found quite a few kings and queens and even one saint in my ancestry. However, what I found late Saturday night surprised me.
While searching branches on my father’s side of the family, one particular branch kept going back further and further and further in time. Once you go back about a thousand years, names become very weird (not an actual scientific term) and I usually stop. Last night though, I decided to go back in time a little further, and after going back to the year 500, to Boddw ap Serwyl, the King of Cardiganshire (Wales), I decided to see how far back that particular branch went.
This branch kept going and going and going. It flew past the AD years into BC time and kept going. Next came the year 1000 BC and it kept going. 2000 BC came and went with no problem. Then 3000 BC went by too, and the list of alleged relatives continued onward. Much to my surprise, the list went on for another 1000 years, where it finally came to an end.
Whose names were at the end of this extremely long list of potential relatives? Why, Adam and Eve, of course. I’m no genealogist, and have verified only a couple hundred years of my family tree via marriage licenses, death certificates and census records, but what I found last night was truly amazing.
Steven H. Spring