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posted on Oct, 30 2012 @ 07:32 PM
The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.

Not really that surprising.
If you go back far enough, almost everyone is related to some extent.
Its simply a matter of those in power have their lines tracked more closely by folks, so they have better records of who their past relatives are.

As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.

posted on Oct, 30 2012 @ 08:00 PM
Obviously, there is some overlap, but the point is that you are related to everyone pretty fast. This may not render well here because of tabbing issues. It assumes 4 generations a century. You go back to the year 1,000 and you're related to only 4 trillion people. Of course in the year 1,000 there were only a few million people in the world, so you see the issue. Obama is related to Frederich the Great. Romney is related to Frederich the Great. You and I are related to Frederich the Great.

First column: Year AD
Second Column: Years ago
Third column: How many ancestors (g parents)
Fourth column: Degree of grandparents
Fifth column: Degree of cousin

Year Ancestors G-parents
-25 2 parents
2000 -50 4 grandparents 1st cousin
1975 -75 8 great grandparents 2nd cousin
1950 -100 16 gg grandparents 3rd cousin
1925 -125 32 ggg grandparents 4th cousin
1900 -150 64 gggg grandparents 5th cousin
1875 -175 128 ggggg grandparents 6th cousin
1850 -200 256 gggggg grandparents 7th cousin
1825 -225 512 ggggggg grandparents 8th cousin
1800 -250 1,024 gggggggg grandparents 9th cousin
1775 -275 2,048 ggggggggg grandparents 10th cousin
1750 -300 4,096 gggggggggg grandparents 11th cousin
1725 -325 8,192 ggggggggggg grandparents 12th cousin
1700 -350 16,384 gggggggggggg grandparents 13th cousin
1675 -375 32,768 ggggggggggggg grandparents 14th cousin
1650 -400 65,536 gggggggggggggg grandparents 15th cousin
1625 -425 131,072 ggggggggggggggg grandparents 16th cousin
1600 -450 262,144 gggggggggggggggg grandparents 17th cousin
1575 -475 524,288 ggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1550 -500 1,048,576 gggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1525 -525 2,097,152 ggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1500 -550 4,194,304 gggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1475 -575 8,388,608 ggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1450 -600 16,777,216gggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1425 -625 33,554,432ggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1400 -650 67,108,864gggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1375 -675 134,217,728ggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1350 -700 268,435,456gggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1325 -725 536,870,912ggggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1300 -750 1,073,741,824gggggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1275 -775 2,147,483,648ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1250 -800 4,294,967,296gggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1225 -825 8,589,934,592ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1200 -850 17,179,869,184gggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1175 -875 34,359,738,368ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1150 -900 68,719,476,736gggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1125 -925 137,438,953,472gggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1100 -950 274,877,906,944ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1075 -975 549,755,813,888gggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1050 -1000 1,099,511,627,776ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1025 -1025 2,199,023,255,552gggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents
1000 -1050 4,398,046,511,104ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg grandparents

edit on 10/30/2012 by schuyler because: (no reason given)

posted on Oct, 30 2012 @ 08:43 PM
reply to post by schuyler

Hey cousin.. what was so great about Frederich the Great? He didn't leave me anything. I bet you didn't get anything either. Our family sucks.

posted on Oct, 30 2012 @ 09:56 PM

Originally posted by GrantedBail
reply to post by Sissel

OK, I just looked it up. 10th cousin removed and all. I guess you are right in your sarcasm. Still, it is not the worst first post in the world.

Far from it mate, there are some real doozies that get first post Holy Bucket status.

Personally, I'm amazed at things like this, and really, I don't care if it's 5 times removed from the smell of an oily rag that someones grandfather once used on the wheel of the cart that a horse once owned by the second cousin of the only son of the 9'th wife of someone, once owned.. that they have a link, to me, is something.

over 7 billion people on the planet.. 1 American presidential history. And a lot of bumping cousins..

And look, you don't need haarp or guinness or rainbows to have a decent conspiracy.

Yikes, the inbred freaks..
edit on 30-10-2012 by winofiend because: (no reason given)

posted on Oct, 30 2012 @ 10:08 PM
This is a fun and short video by Vsauce about this very subject:

We Are All Related--

Two facts from the video:
The most recent common ancestor of everyone on earth lived 2- 4,000 years ago.
Every person on earth is at the very least 50th cousins with everyone else.

edit on 30-10-2012 by EllaMarina because: (no reason given)

posted on Oct, 30 2012 @ 10:14 PM
reply to post by EllaMarina

I have a distant relative that is a recent Mormon convert - the Mormon's are really into genealogy, they believe that you can "save" dead relatives by praying for them - and she's traced our family back to 1500 Germany (or whatever it was called then - Prussia?) on

I'm not even faintly related to any of the US presidents. is pretty cool, if you're into that sort of thing.

posted on Oct, 30 2012 @ 10:18 PM
reply to post by Happy1

You didn't go back far enough. The video also reveals that there was a person as early as 300 BC who is related to everyone on earth alive today.

Also, from now to the time of the ancient Romans, the world's collective family tree would contain 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 individuals... which is impossible. You can guess what that means.

edit on 30-10-2012 by EllaMarina because: (no reason given)

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