Genealogy Research: How Far Back? Research Genealogical
Comments: Sorry, jstrotter, I don't buy into certain parts of your fanciful geography. I have been researching my own family, and on both sides of our family we have roots in the Norman ducal line, and if you're a serious skeptic, you should know that there's a lot of conjecture when you start claiming for sure that you know the ancestors of individuals such as Rollo, Poppa, et. Al. I might be able to buy into the Frankish / Sicambri lineage, but serious scholars know that the alleged Trojan ancestry of the Sicambri was merely conjecture on the part of Frankish scholars several centuries after wards. When you start into the whole claims of Biblical descendancy, then you are letting your own religious beliefs (based on FAITH, not objective, verifiable FACTS) get in the way. [..]
Just as an aside to my last post, I can pretty much confirm 35 generations for my paternal-maternal-great-grandfather, whose ancestors include members of the Wessex, Norman, Plantagenet, and Frankish royal lines (meanwhile, I am struggling at 6 generations on my father's side of the family). I can possibly trace another 12-15 generations back but only on the loosest conjecture, which wouldn't be honest. You will get a lot more respect from other genealogists if you assist them with solid researched info instead of trying to wow them with fanciful constructs like claiming you can trace your family "back to Adam"...