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From: John Carpenter <>
Subject: Re: descended from Pontius Pilate
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 1998 04:49:55 -0800 (PST)


I think you're related to them too; we just don't
have all the facts.

---Erland Russell wrote:
>
> On Tue, 27 Jan 1998, NStrands wrote:
>
> > I don't go back to Charlemagne (just King Alfred,
according to some pretty
> > good scholarship), but here is why the number of
ancestors doesn't double
> > every generation - all I have to do is go back to
the 1700's and I will find
> > the same person showing up more than once.
People in early New England and
> > probably other places often married their first
or other types of cousins, so
> > it doesn't take long to find a generation where,
instead of, say, 128
> > ancestors, you have only 126 or even fewer. And,
as you go farther back, you
> > get smaller sets from which to pick a spouse;
people didn't go far from home
> > then. No parthenogenesis necessary, just a
little - inbreeding?
> > Nikki Strandskov
> >
>
> Absolutely right. Furthermore many descending
lines disappeared due to
> early deaths due to famine and disease. In fact
I'm more amazed by how
> many people I am not related to.
>
>
>
>
>
> Erland F. Russell
> POB 3053
> Redmond WA 98073-3053
>
>
>

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