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.

Some of this is probably true but not for the reasons often suggested. The truth lies in statistics (;-)}. 2 parents + 4 grandparents + 8 great-grandparents, and so on. Go back to William the Conqueror's time, that would be perhaps 40 generations or so at an average of 25 years per gen - which would mean 1,099,511,627,776 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 or care.

Every European alive in the time of the Conqueror who left descendants (William the Conqueror had at least 9 children with his wife Matilda of Flanders) is the ancestor of every living European today. If you are European, you are related to everyone who was alive in Europe only 1,000 years ago (actually, the roughly 80% of those whose offspring survived to today). Go back 10,000 years and you - yes you, me, everyone - is descended from every human alive on Earth at that time according to Adam Rutherford in his wonderful book "A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes"

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.

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 under the PROGENITOR tab above. Please be aware that this presentation excludes those who are, or could still be, alive (i.e. born less than 100 years ago and not known by me to have died) – so if you find yourself here please let me know (grin).

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Tuesday, 30th April, 2019
Ⓒ Adrian John Snelson
1945 model, silver duco, concourse condition, no rust, log books, runs well ☺.