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    Question How far back have you traced ALL of your ancestry

    I believe this has been posted here before, but I cannot find the discussion.

    How far back can you trace all of your ancestral lines? For me, I can go back 7 generations (including myself) to my 64 4g grandparents (actually only 62 as I have a cousin intermarriage).

    Additionally, I have been able to trace all of my lines thoroughly enough (and I come from the endogamous Colonial New England families) I have been able to prove all eight of my great-grandparents are distantly related to each other, and 15 of my 16 great-great-grandparents are distantly (and not so distantly) related to each other.

    Some folks say I don't have a family tree, but have a family pole.

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    Most of my great grandparents were the immigrants; I have all but one of those lines traced back to their origin. That was actually my initial goal, to find out where they'd all come from. One line out of the eight turned out to go back to colonial New England, which was a surprise, I have the other seven back to my 2x great grandparents. I'm not sure I'll be able to resolve the colonial line--it goes back to early New York, which is something of a genealogical black hole.

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    I am very lucky since Norway has one of the best ancestry records in the world and they are freely available, much of it is found online as well...So for many lines I can trace it to before 1500, but I usually stop at 1600 to 1500 because before 1500 the sources become less reliable and so there can be allot of mistakes (I have one paper trail that go back to the Viking age, but that is just wishful thinking and such data cannot be trusted in most instances)..I would think my average is about 1650's, as I have not done all of them, take it bit by bit...Some of them are also very difficult due to migrations, especially those that immigrated to Norway before the 1800's...

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    I can only trace my full ancestry back to my great grandparents, I only know 14 of my great great grandparents due to illegitimacy and fathers being unknown.

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    Intriguing question. I don't have the time to look at every line in detail but here are the main ones.

    Direct paternal - 3rd great grandfather

    Direct maternal - 5th great grandparents.

    Father's mother's father's line (Croatian) - 16th great grandparents (early 1400s in Croatia)

    My Croatian line is the most developed with 237 ancestors in total.
    Ancestry on paper: English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Croatian, Ashkenazi, Polish and Māori.

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    My father's side-Great grandparents so that's like what, 1900?

    Mum's dad-Late 19th century

    Mum's mum-depends, managed to stretch some parts to the late 18th century, but never beyond that.

    Guess not having church records is kind of a disadvantage in this field. :-P

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    On my father's side, I can get back to all of my 3rd great grandparents with some degree of confidence.

    On my mother's side, I used to think this was also true for all but one pair of my 3rd great grandparents. However, I've since uncovered some DNA evidence which raises questions about my maternal grandfather's paternity.

    Basically, I have some fairly close matches on his side that don't seem to be able to be accounted for, at least as that part of my tree now stands. Of course, any discrepancies could be on my various cousins' side, except that they seem more consistent with each other.
    Besides British-German-Catalan, ancestry includes smaller amounts of French, Irish, Swiss, Choctaw & another NA tribe, possibly Catawba. Avatar picture is: my father, his father, & his father's father; baby is my eldest brother.

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    My lines earlier than around the time of the Revolutionary War might be considered mythology, ha ha. But that doesn't mean I plan to erase them, unless I see that they are impossible.

    Have they dug up the bones and teeth of the petty kings of Medieval Norway yet? I mean, has my L664 haplogroup shown up among them?

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    I can go back 8 generations (including myself) to my 128 5g grandparents (124 unique, 4 doubles):
    http://gw.geneanet.org/jerome4?lang=...=N&only=on&v=8

    At the 9th generation, i know 249 on 256
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