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Help me to find my nobility

Started by Joshua Dufour on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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4/12/2011 at 9:03 AM

My whole family says we're noble, but i don't know where to find the evindence, please help.

4/17/2011 at 7:07 AM

The reality is that nearly all people of European descent have "nobility" in their heritage. (In fact, more than 80% of people living in England today descend from royalty.) It's a simple matter of mathematics -- just going back 10 generations, you have up to 1024 grandparents (assuming no one repeats, which is rare). So descending from nobility/royalty is to be completely expected for most users of this website, and not at all uncommon. Here's a nice, brief essay explaining how this works: http://www.elvidge.com/Genealogy/essay1.htm

The only way you're going to find anything is to continue tracing back as far as you can in each line; there's no simpler way to do it. If you're like most of us, you'll eventually hit on something. But I wouldn't fixate on it -- unfortunately, distant noble roots aren't going to get you much in life today. :)

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4/17/2011 at 10:18 AM

Great link Ashley, I'm bookmarking it.

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