Where Are You From: Why Mapping Your Roots Is The New Tinder

So, I may have been binge watching a show on Netflix the other day and browsing Facebook when I saw a friend of mine post a photo. The photo showed ten generations of his ancestors and all the lines that show their connections. It was so cool that I checked it out too.

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10 Generations Back

The website is called rootsmapper.com. You log in with your family search credentials and can then look back up to 10 generations. It will show all the direct relations you have logged in Family Search so far. Pretty neat right? My first ten gen. showed that most of my ancestors came from England, Denmark, Germany, and Spain.

What I THEN realized was that I could click on THOSE people and see up to eight generations back. And on those people another eight generations back. AND THOSE PEOPLE EIGHT GENERATIONS BACK. Well, for me, the furthest I could get back was 31 generations. I’m sure with more digging I could have go back more but it started to get messy.

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31 Generations Back (World View)


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31 Generations Back (Concentrated View)

In my search I realized that the majority of my ancestors came through royal lines in France and England. It was super cool to see all the places my lineage came from. I saw that I was directly related (though many generations back) to Kings, Queens, Counts, Dukes, Conquerers, etc. One surprise was Genghis Khan himself. I can finally tell people where my unrelenting boldness comes from.

While I know many people are spending all their time focusing on creating future generations by swiping right on tinder, I can testify from personal experience that looking at the past ones is infinitely better. If you find yourself with an extra three hours to spare, check this website out. You will NOT regret it.

I made it 31 generations back. Can you go further back? Leave a comment with notable relations, most popular countries, and how many generations you went back!!

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