A Snelson DataBase & Armory


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Some believe those bearing the name of Snelson are descended from the King of Scotland, Alfred the Great or Pocohontas (but that’s a long bow). Others believe we came with The Conqueror or have a right to a Snelson Coat of Arms.

The truth lies in statistics (;-)}. 2 parents + 4 grandparents + 8 great-grandparents, and so on. Go back to Charlemagne's time, that would be greater than a billion ancestors alive at the same time. Impossible, because pedigrees collapse inwards going back so that an uncle back 20 generations, say 500 years may also be your 16 greats grandfather. Lots of people had sex with relatives, some closer than others, sometimes they probably didn't even know. Every European alive in the ninth century who left descendants is the ancestor of every living European today.

If you have inherited the name of Snelson from your ancestors, then you can be certain that you are descended from King Charlemagne (747-814) who had some twenty children, some with delightful sobriquets such as Charles the Younger, Pippin the Hunchback, Pepin the King of Italy, Drogo of Metz and Louis the Pious.

We all like to think we are special don’t we – now, you know that you are – just like everyone else.

In truth, over the last 500 years, most of we Snelson people have been rustic clods, agricultural labourers 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. If you have any characters of interest or infamy in your family, please let me know and I will include them.

The Snelson DataBase & Armory started as a few entries in a little black book 47 years ago - 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.

If you think we may be related then you will surely find your own close relatives listed under the Expand buttons for the PROGENITOR tab above.

I hope you find what you are looking for here. If you think we may be related, then you will surely find your close relatives and yes, probably yourself in the expanded descendant lists under the PROGENITOR tab above. Oh yes, please be aware that this presentation includes records of people known to have passed away and excludes those who are or could still be alive (i.e. born less than 100 years ago) – so you won’t find yourself here (grin).

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Wednesday, 20th February, 2019
Ⓒ Adrian John Snelson
1945 model, silver duco, concourse condition, no rust, log books, runs well ☺.