Family Stretches Further Than We Think

group-of-peopleWe don’t think about it much outside of our own immediate family, but as it turns out we all most likely have more “family” than we think.

A young girl unveiled awhile back that all but one of our US Presidents are related and can be traced back to one British King – John Lackland Plantaganet. It seems here Yoda’s words of wisdom holds true for then 12-year old BridgeAnne; “Truly wonderful the mind of a child is” for her not only to discover this but spend her summer researching and putting all the pieces together. I don’t know about you, but when I was twelve, I’m pretty sure I was spending the summer researching how to build a ramp to jump me and my bike up into the stratosphere (I had big dreams back then).

So back to the point, now you have to imagine that if all those men can be traced back to a singular great, great, great, great, great (and I’m not really sure how many are appropriate here) great grandfather, then what about the rest of us?

Well, a huge research study was completed by National Geographic as well not too long ago. It’s called The Search for ADAM and it’s in the form of a documentary of sorts that they put together. It’s not bad actually, brings up a lot of good points and of course some twists and turns in our human history and development…particularly about Thomas Jefferson. If you want to watch it just click the link above to go to the video. However that kind-of goes against what BridgeAnne put together (so hopefully she never watches it). Her project is still very impressive though none-the-less and if she had the backing of a huge public network company, lab testing and cooperation from the Presidents and/or their families it would have only been that much better.

In the meantime, if you are curious or need to know who your father or grandfather is or if you think a child could be yours or perhaps you think you have a possible brother out there – doing a Y-chromosome test would be something that can easily be done. Just like you see in the video, all it takes is a simple mouth/cheek swab to collect some DNA cells from the people in question and the rest as they say…is history.