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Genealogical Math & the Collapsing Hinmans

People get into genealogy, in part, because they fantasize about connections to famous people. The odd thing is that any mathematician can prove you are just that, connected to Big Names, by blood.

The mathematical study of genealogy indicates that everyone in the world is descended from Nefertiti and Confucius, and everyone of […]

Brits, Religion and 19th century burial

As we (plural) are half Brit, I spend a lot of time wandering around UK websites digging up ancestors. Some of the most interesting bits of information come out of church registers — take, for example, this two page spread from the register of burials in the West Drayton parish, Middlesex (county), London in the […]