Most shocking thing you have learned about your ancestors?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Reecedouglas1, Apr 26, 2017.

  1. Reecedouglas1 macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2016
    Most shocking for me was that my great great grandfather was in jail for robbery.
  2. bradl macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2008
    Mine among others had their citizenship (something they had for 120 years) stripped from them, in the "name of tribal sovereignty", which is still in direct violation of the treaty between our tribe and the United States; a legal battle that is still going on to this day.

  3. ejb190 macrumors 65816


    That most of the family history passed down though the generations was wrong...
  4. MacInTO macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2005
    Canada, eh!
  5. vertical smile macrumors 68030

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I found out recently that my Great-grandfather, who was dead before I was born, ran his own speakeasy during the 1920's prohibition, and it made him very wealthy.

    My Great-Grandmother, also died before I was born, was born before the American Civil War. That just seems like such a long time ago.

    EDIT: I am 35 yo for perspective.....
  6. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

    Stefan johansson

    Apr 13, 2017
    Many of mine where infantrymen,serving in different wars 300-400 years ago.
  7. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    My ancestry in the U.S. goes back to 1630, New Haven, Ct. but I am unaware of anything shocking. My wife who does not know who her Grandather was on her Mom's side and has been researching her past and has discovered many interesting things including being related to many of the country's forefathers and including incest which is more common than you might believe, and it does not have to be father daughter, but could be grandfather and neice, besides families marrying into each other's families repeatedly which happened where there were small communities.

    Although my tree is fleshed out more than most, I've been threatening to get a paid subscription to and do a little research and see if there is anyone famous. :)
  8. SoggyCheese macrumors 6502


    Nov 5, 2016
    Barcelona, España o Londres, Reino Unido
    That they were fish. That's pretty amazing though when you think about it :)

    Or the other thing, that we're pretty much all descended from Pharoahs.
  9. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    Fish? I can trace my ancestry back to a proto-organism about 4 billion years ago. :)

    "The Light of Other Days," which was co-authored by Arthur C. Clarke, explores this theme. A central tenet is that someone invents a wormhole-based technology that permits viewing of anything in spacetime, including the remote past.
  10. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    My great-grandmother was a moonshiner during Prohibition.

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