|William the Conqueror
The internet also enables research to be shared, opening up the possibility of adding entire branches to a family tree in seconds. So I was delighted to benefit from countless hours of someone else’s research to add a branch of my own family all the way back to 11th century royalty.
Of course, this is all just a bit of fun. Basic mathematics informs us that a simple geometric progression of 30 generations produces over 1 billion people. So whilst William the Conqueror might be a 30 times great grandfather, plenty of other people are in the same position. The royal connection really isn’t that close!