Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to answer your interesting
question. The answer is YES...um, and NO.
You are correct. If old grandpa (many times over) hadn?t gotten frisky
that day that it rained back in 1681 and at that very moment cause
your grandmother (many times over) to conceive your next closer direct
ancestor, YOU would not be here. Amazing isn?t it?
Your figure might be a bit high but you?re on the right track (that?s
a ?quadrillion?, by the way, not a ?zillion?). At this point one?s
Family Tree becomes a FAMILY FOREST, doesn?t it? Hey, what a clever
name! Someone would make use of it.
Oops. Too late. Someone already has?
Wait! How can this be? There weren?t a quadrillion living people in
the ENTIRE WORLD 50 generations ago?or EVER for that matter!
That?s right. Some of your ancestors are counted twice, ten times or
even hundreds of times because over the years all of our generational
and ancestral lines cross and re-cross many times. I think this
article will give you a better understanding:
We all are blessed with two parents, four grandparents, eight great
grandparents and so on. If the average generation is twenty-five
years, in 1200 years (back to 800 AD, the time of Charlemagne) each
person has 281.5 trillion grandparents. That's the way geometric
progressions work. The number of grandparents doubles every 25 years
and in 12OO years or 48 generations, 281.5 trillion names would be on
GENEALOGY PEDIGREE COLLAPSE
This one also sheds some significant light on the subject:
50 generations = 2 quadrillion+ ancestors
40 generations = 2 trillion+ ancestors
30 generations = 2 billion+ ancestors
20 generations = 2,097,150 ancestors
10 generations = 2,046 ancestors
8 generations = 510 ancestors
7 generations = 254 ancestors
6 generations = 126 ancestors
5 generations = 62 ancestors
4 generations = 30 ancestors
3 generations = 14 ancestors = your 8 great grandparents, plus 6 from below
2 generations = 6 ancestors = your parents plus both sets of grandparents
1 generations = 2 ancestors = your parents
THE ODDS OF BEING RELATED
Here?s the math (not that I understand it). Others have expressed an
interest in this issue besides you so some brainiac has apparently
already figured it out. The trick is to figure out what he?s talking
about. You seem to be something of a mathematician so you will
undoubtedly have better luck with it than I am willing to attempt:
A SIMPLE WAY TO COUNT PARENTAL LINEAGE
"Is the generational number of ancestors really mathematically this high?"
"Do you REALLY have a "zillion" genetic direct ancestors?"
NO, and no mathematical model that I know of can tell you how many you
really do have on calculations alone but suffice it to say that it is
far, far less than the quadrillion plus ancestors that most models
compute and produce.
See if you can make sense of the math and work it out yourself. Do
yourself a favor - Try not to dwell on it too much, oh, and have some
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