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