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Might we never forget that into this priceless fabric
is woven the lives of father, and mother, four
grand parents, eight great grandparents, sixteen
great great grandparents and thirty two ancestors
of the fifth generation.
Likewise those thirty two ancestors each has thirty two
ancestors of the fifth generation. This means that
you and I each had thirty two times thirty two, or
one thousand twenty four ancestors of the tenth
generation. That is if none had intermarried,
This way each would have had more than a thousand thousand
ancestors in the twentieth and a million million in
the fortieth generation, more than five hundred times the number now alive.
Counting twenty five years to a generation, forty of them
take us back one thousand years. This is but yesterday in the far reaches of the past.

Charles M. Himel
We are all related, just do the Math.
Updated July 12, 2011

Mary Ellen Owens

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