Eight degrees of seperation

May 22, 2018

As I have mentioned before in previous blogs, I have been working on my personal family tree for over ten years now. I have about 5,800 people in my tree as of writing this blog. Every time one of my siblings got married I added their spouses to the tree and did their entire family history as far back as I could go. I added their in laws and nieces and nephews as well (I like to be thorough). Well, I know the expression is six degrees of separation meaning that "all living things and everything else in the world are Six or fewer steps away from each other so that a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of Six steps," but in my tree I actually found it to be eight degrees of separation. 

 Once I got back to the 6th-8th generation of my tree, the flood gates really started to open up. I found out that my husband's niece is my 8th cousin once removed, my sister-in-law and my other sister-in-law are 8th cousins, and I'm related to 10 of the former U.S. presidents. All of them are roughly my 8th cousins, the closest one I had was a second cousin but it was seven times removed because of the time gap, but that's still pretty cool. So, anyone related to Peebles/Peoples of Scottish/Irish decent I'm probably related to you because apparently my ancestors were out of control with the procreation. It's really funny though in a super ironic way, I always said I wasn't going to date inside my race when I was growing up because I was afraid that I would end up marrying my cousin, but I noticed a lot of familiar last names when doing my research and it turns out that I have more Caucasian relatives than I do African-American, so that was a bad plan, but a good lesson in racism and not judging a book by it's cover.


Now the only thing I need to figure out is what is my number in line for the throne? And I will happily take any of the royal houses I belong to (I'm not picky), because as it turns out, I am a direct descendant of multiple royal houses (yes I have made everyone call me princess since I found out about this). It's actually not that uncommon to be a descendant of some type of nobility, it is a little rare to have it to the extent that I have it, but that's sexism for ya. A couple of my royal lines "died out" because there were no male heirs, jerks. However, there are a couple of houses that I belong to that are still currently ruling, I'm probably number 1,700,289 in line for the throne and need to let them know of my existence. But you never know, a King Ralph situation could happen and I could be running a country. At least I have an educational background in political science and I took debutante classes. I knew there was a reason why.

“Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.” 
― Albert Camus


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