Genealogy

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Escudo de Castilla y León

Pedigree collapse, we are all cousins

Pedigree collapse by years, world's populations and ancestors

We have 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents, 16 great grandparents,... growing exponentially (2n), 32, 64, 128, ... Circa the year 850 we have more «theoretical» ancestors than inhabitants of the world. It follows that:

  • Many of our ancestors are repeated in our family tree.
  • Many historical figures (philosophers, scientists, writers, artists, kings, warriors, etc.) will appear in our family tree.
  • We share many ancestors with others, we are all cousins, we are a great family.

I have painted the following graphic to show this idea. Traveling to the past we see the number of our «theoretical» ancestors grows and the world's population decreases.

The graph is calculated with 2.46 generations per century, and with other rates although the graph changes but the previous conclusions remain. For example, with 4 generations per century, more real rate time ago when we had children at an earlier age, the curves intersect before. If it is done by continents and/or adding the lines without offspring, the high infant mortality and pests of past times,... the curves also cross before.

To this effect is called «pedigree collapse».


Category: Genealogy.

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Escudo de Castilla y León Libro abierto, hojas de plata, filo de oro, guardas de gules, tapas de sable.

Lainé, P. L.; Lainé, J. J. L.; 1828

P. Louis Lainé, J. J. L. Lainé, «Archives généalogiques et historiques de la noblesse de France, ou, Recueil de preuves, mémoires et notices généralogiques, servant à constater l'origine, la filiation, les alliances et lés illustrations religieuses, civiles et militaires de diverses maisons et familles nobles du royaume; Avec la collection des nobiliaires généraux des provinces de France», 11 volumes from 1828 to 1850, published by M. Lainé, printed by De Hauquelin et Dautriche, París, 1844.


Bibliographical reference of century XIX.

Classification: French language and In black and white.

The 2 authors are Lainé, P. Louis and Lainé, J. J. L..

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