We each have 2 parents + 4 grandparents + 8 great-grandparents, and so on. Go back a thousand years say to William the Conqueror's time, 40 generations at an average of 25 years per gen - would mean 1,099,511,627,776 ancestors alive at the same time. I don't think so. Pedigrees collapse inwards so that an uncle back 20 generations, say 500 years may also be your 16 greats-grandfather.
Look at it this way, every European alive in the time of the Conqueror who left descendants is the ancestor of every living European today. We all like to think we are special don’t we – well, you are – just like everyone else.
If you are white and European, you are indeed descended from Charlemagne. Further, there is no point wanting to be a bit Irish, Viking or Anglo-Saxon, just be assured that you undoubtedly are.
Proudly, most of we Snelson people have been rustic clods, agricultural labourers, hod carriers, navvies and some of us, peasants in suits. As for fame and infamy, there have been some colourful exceptions and I have shown a few of them here under the "FAME" tab.
The Snelson DataBase & Armory started as a few entries in a little black book 50 years ago in 1969 - I still have it - and has become an ONS (One Name Study) which includes more than 20000 people, 35000 events, 45000 witnessed instances, 14000 places and 24000 relationships, 17000 citations and some 900 or so exhibits.
Whereas I have researched much of this information myself, the "Contributors" page under the "Stuff" tab lists the names of many of the special people and sources who have assisted, and my thanks go to them. Generally, I have excluded data about those who are, or could still be, alive i.e. born less than 100 years ago and not known by me to have died. If you find yourself here, please let me know (grin).
If you have Snelson relatives, please let me know, as I might be able to help you even though we may not be related directly.
Wednesday, 18th December, 2019
Ⓒ Adrian John Snelson - 1945 model, silver duco, concourse condition, no rust, log books, runs well ☺.