Europeans are now more related

Charlemagne

Charlemagne is your ancestor

Bron of the Boring Stories

Bron of the Boring Stories is also your ancestor

One of the great tropes of American genealogy is to trying to find out if you are descended from European royalty or a Native American (Cherokee in North Carolina, Pocahontas in Virginia).  Now, if you are of European ancestry, you can go ahead and assume that you are a Duke, Earl or an heir of Charlemagne.  It turns out that Europeans are much more closely related than previously thought,  at least according to a new paper by geneticists Peter Ralph and Graham Coop.  They studied DNA from 2257 people from across Europe and found that between two people there will be a segment of DNA that is identical. The longer that segment is the closer the two people are related. From their study they found that “… everyone who lived a thousand years ago who has any descendants today is an ancestor of every European. Charlemagne for everyone!”  But not only are you a descendant of Charlemagne but you are also a descendant of Cedric the Poor Planner and Gwendolyn the Disappointing, so it’s not all good.  No news on Pocahontas though.

Source The Loom

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