47 Generations of Family History

47 Generations of Family History

The Triquetra The triquetra is a knot-like formation with three ends, commonly shown interlaced around a circle. The symbol is also known as the symbol of charm, and is used in the depiction of several norse and scandaninavian items such as the Mjölnir.  The Triquetra was heavily used by Norse pagans, as they used articles like pendants resembling the Mjolnir with a Triquetra symbol crafted on it.

The Triquetra The triquetra is a knot-like formation with three ends, commonly shown interlaced around a circle. The symbol is also known as the symbol of charm, and is used in the depiction of several norse and scandaninavian items such as the Mjölnir.

This page showcases 47 generations of family history. Each generation will be accompanied with full sources, an overview of what records I used in my research and a brief biography for each person including all known facts and the connection that exists to the next generation. As the tree moves further in time, we leave behind known factually documented people and delve into an area of genealogy which shouldn’t be taken to seriously because little is known and the very early generations are either mythological or legendary written about in Norse Saga’s.

This page has been created in order to showcase how genealogy can work in researching beyond the parish registers, which many find skeptical or do not believe possible. The research of Common people does effectively end in 1538 when the recording of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials began, but if your fortunate enough to find a link into Nobility or Landed Gentry then you will very likely find a link into the very distant past. These families are well documented and often play an important role in history itself, usually research isn’t needed, everything has already been recorded and well documented for you.

My journey begins with my Grandmother Rosie May Janes, and as we slip further into the past the accumulation of wealth and status slowly increases, until we reach a point where the families are the ruling dynasty’s of England, Conquerors, Legends and finally Mythological.

Generation One – Rosie May Janes (1930 – 1997)
My Grandmother

Generation Two – Hannah Maud Mabel Barrett (1890 – 1957)
My Great Grandmother

Generation Three – Charlotte Anna Diskett (1866 – 1935)
my 2x Great Grandmother

Generation Four – Emma Gale (1829 – 1871)
my 3x Great Grandmother

Generation Five – Jane Best (1792 – 1870)
my 4x Great Grandmother

Generation Six – Hannah Mintern (1774 – 1806)
my 5x Great Grandmother

Generation Seven – Henry Mintern (1740 – 1812)
my 6x Great Grandfather

Generation Eight – Samuel ‘the Younger of Hooke’ Mintern (1713 – )
my 7x Great Grandfather

Overview of my journey so far

Generation Nine – Hannah Draper – (1685 – after 1747 )
my 8x Great Grandmother

Generation Ten – John ‘alias Garliford’ Draper Gent (1650 – 1699)
my 9x Great Grandfather

Generation Eleven – John ‘alias Galliver’ Draper (1620 – after 1658 )
my 10x Great Grandfather

Elinor Minterne’s Family Connections

Page One – Pocahontas

Page Two – The Elizabethan Court

Page Three – The Spanish Armada

Generation Twelve – Elinor Minterne (1600 – 1631)
my 11x Great Grandmother

Maye Family Tree and Coat of Arms

Generation Thirteen – Frances Maye (1581 – 1631)
my 12x Great Grandmother

Generation Fourteen – John ‘of Charterhouse’ Maye Gent (1540 – 1590 )
my 13x Great Grandfather

Generation Fifteen – Robert ‘of Charterhouse Hidon Upon Mendip’ MAYE (1512 – 1573)
my 14x Great Grandfather

Generation Sixteen – Robert Maye (1470 – after 1512 )
my 15x Great Grandfather

Generation Seventeen – John ‘of Melsham’ MAYE (1430 – after 1470 )
my 16x Great Grandfather

Despenser Family Tree

Generation Eighteen – Elizabeth Spencer (1389 – after 1430)
my 17x Great Grandmother

Generation Nineteen – Sir Hugh “Justiciar of South Wales” le DESPENCER Knt (1359 – 1401)
my 18x Great Grandfather

Generation Twenty – Sir Hugh le DESPENCER Knt (1339 – 1374)
my 19x Great Grandfather

Generation Twenty One – Sir Edward le DESPENSER Knt (1310 – 1342)
my 20x Great Grandfather

De Clare Family Tree

Generation Twenty Two – Eleanor ‘Alianore’ de CLARE (1292 – 1337)
my 21x Great Grandmother

Generation Twenty Three – Joan ‘of Acre’ “Princess of England” PLANTAGENET (1272 – 1307)
my 22x Great Grandmother

Generation Twenty Four – Edward I ‘Atheling’ ‘Longshanks’ “King of England” PLANTAGENET (1239 – 1309)
my 23x Great Grandfather

Generation Twenty Five – Henry III ‘of Winchester’ “King of England” PLANTAGENET (1207 – 1272)
my 24x Great Grandfather

Generation Twenty Six – John I ‘Lackland’ “King of England” PLANTAGENET (1167 – 1216)
my 25x Great Grandfather

Generation Twenty Seven – Henry II ‘Curtmantle’ “King of England” PLANTAGENET (1133 – 1189)
my 26x Great Grandfather

Generation Twenty Eight – Matilda “Empress of Germany” of ENGLAND (1102 – 1167)
my 27x Great Grandmother

Generation Twenty Nine – Henri I ‘Beauclerc’ “King of England” (1068 – 1135)
my 28x Great Grandfather

Generation Thirty – Guillaume ‘William’ I ‘Le Conquérant’ “King of England” de NORMANDIE (1027 – 1087)
my 29x Great Grandfather

Generation Thirty One – Robert I ‘the Devil’ “Duke of Normandy” de NORMANDIE (1000 – 1035)
my 30x Great Grandfather

Generation Thirty Two – Richard II “Duke of Normandy” ‘The Good’ de NORMANDIE (958 – 1027)
my 31x Great Grandfather

Generation Thirty Three – Richard I ‘The Fearless’ de NORMANDIE (933 – 996)
my 32x Great Grandfather

Generation Thirty-Four – Guillaume I ‘Longsword’, “2nd Duc de Normandie” de NORMANDIE (900 – 943)
my 33x Great Grandfather

Generation Thirty Five – Robert ‘Rollo’ of Norway “1st Duke of Normandy” RAGNVALDSSON (860 – 931)
my 34x Great Grandfather

Generation Thirty Six – Ragnvald ‘the wise of More’ “Count of Maer” EYSTEINSSON (830 – 894)
my 35x Great Grandfather

Generation Thirty Seven – Eystein Glumra ‘the Noisy’ “Earl of Hendemarken” “Earl of Oppland” IVARSSON (805 – 875)
my 36x Great Grandfather

Generation Thirty Eight – Ivar Oplaendinge “Jarl of Oppland” HALFDANSSON (780 – 824)
my 37x Great Grandfather

Generation Thirty Nine – Halfdan ‘The Old’ SVEIDASSON (750 – 800)
my 38x Great Grandfather

Halfdan ‘The Old’ SVEIDASSON claims descent from the following people, although there are clearly missing generations, these following ancestors shouldn’t be taken to seriously they are simply written about in Norse Legends.

Legendary Kings

Generation Forty – Sveidi ‘Sveiði’ “the Sea King” HEYTIRSSON

Generation Forty One – Heiti ‘Heytir’ “King in Kvenland” GORRSSON (425 – 499)

Generation Forty Two – Gór THORRASSON (365 – 425)

Generation Forty Three – Thorri “King in Kvenland” SNAERSSON (320 – 365)

Generation Forty Four – Snaer (Svaer) ‘King of Kvenland’ JOKULSSON (275 – 340)

Mythological Kings

Generation Forty Five – Frosti ‘Jøkull’ “King of Kvenland” KARASSON (240 – 274)

Generation Forty Six – Kari ‘Wind’ “King of Kvenland” FORNJOTSSON (189 – 240)

Generation Forty Seven – Fornjotur ‘Fornjotur’, ‘Fornjótr’ “King of Kvenland” (160 – 250)


50 thoughts on “47 Generations of Family History

  1. Hi Stephen,
    I take all of this with a grain of salt, as well, but I’ve done the same math you did re: numbers of ancestors. I’m still learning about my lines that go back that far (not many, but a few) and find it all fascinating. The lives they led were so different from what is familiar to me, and they give me a hook into history, something ‘personal’ that gives meaning to historical events. Our ancestries converge at Richard I (so not close, no :)). I am (supposedly and yet to be proven) descended from an illegitimate son of his, Geoffrey, Comte d’Eu et Brionne. The connections are through ancestors of the Dexter and Scott families, who are ancestors to my 2x great-grandmother Eliza Jane Olney.
    Good luck in your research! I look forward to reading your posts,

  2. Your site is very interesting…..I sent you an invite to my site…..I just sent in my Dad’s DNA…He’s 87 So we’ll see what we get. I entered your name off of Abel…The program only let’s me invite family….which I’m sure you are. It’ll be so nice to get all this figured out…so our future generations won’t have to ask, I have so much yet to do. My grandmother put the “y” in our name around 1940.

  3. I stumbled upon your page and am so glad I did as it may be helpful in fleshing out my own family tree. We have some ancestors in common, although it splits at William the Conqueror. From everything I’ve been able to verify, I am descended from his sister. Anyway, impressive job. Congratulations!.

    • Hi Amy, it is only possible via gateway ancestors. You just need find that ancestor connected to written history. Off cause it’s safe to say that all Ashkenaz Jews share a common ancestry. I read a few articles recently about the community sharing just 350 people living about 600 – 800 years ago. Not sure how correct this is mind you.
      So before than, Jewish ancestry might be a little more admixed. Europe, middle east etc… As well as Jewish blood dating back to the time of Jesus. It’s just a shame that through out history early records have been lost or destroyed. The same happened in England during the Reformation. Catholic records were destroyed.
      I would be very interested in reading about the early recorded Ashkenazi Jews. Are there any notable names etc? Maybe you could write a post about those early figures. If you haven’t already?

      • That is the prevailing view—that Ashkenazi Jews can trace back to 350 people. I also don’t know how true it is. There is almost no way to trace back before the late 18th century for most Jews (except those from hereditary rabbinic lines) because Jews did not have surnames before then and were only known by their first names and a patronymic, and since Jews used only a limited number of names given Jewish naming traditions and patterns, there were just too many people with the same names to know who was who. I once tried in Amsterdam to find records for my 3x-great-grandfather, and there was just no way to do it. There were records of births and circumcisions, but no way to identify which boy came from which family. And that was only in the 1770s!

      • Amy, that is such a shame and as a genealogist a little heartbreaking that you can’t trace your family tree further than the 18th century.
        I certainly feel for you, although on a positive note you have time to build on your known tree, which you have been doing and one that looks amazing.

      • Yes, in some ways it is a blessing. I would never be able to delve into the lives of those who lived so long ago the way I can with those who lived in the last 200 years or so.

  4. I’m new to much of this. I don’t understand why, the further back I go in links, takes me to mythical kings. Like, Kari “Wind”Fornjotsson, and Frosti Jokull Karasson, Fornjotur ( moon) in Kvenland. If they are labeled, ‘Mythical’, how could they be in these family links? I’m so clueless

    • I have a big interest in folklore, biblical, mythological family trees as much as I have interest in known historical people, figures.
      Our ancestors believed they descended from mythological people. For myself classical studies is really interesting.
      I like to understand my ancestors, if I delete what they believed, then I am deleting part of our/their family story.
      Mythological or otherwise.

      So basically, mythological is what is, it belongs in our family story, whether its correct or not. As a genealogist you have freedom to choose what areas of genealogy you are interested in. Some people don’t care at all, others just a few generations, others no further then 1536, some further (medieval) and some like myself choose to include the stories from our long forgotten past. The folklores, the stories passed to each of our ancestors generation by generation.
      These stories your ancestors believed. They were the stories told to their children, they were so important they are still remembered today.

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