The Naked Truth About Genealogy

Lady Godiva by John Collier, c. 1897

Lady Godiva by John Collier, c. 1897.

If you are of European descent, it is extremely probable that you are in Charlemagne’s line. Genealogists have shown that fourteen presidents of the United States, including George Washington, Ulysses Grant, Franklin and Teddy Roosevelt, and the Bushes are, like me, direct descendants of Charlemagne. At least, Shirley, who checks her sources’ sources, tells me that Charlemagne is one of my 32nd great grandfathers on my mother’s side of the family. It is rare indeed that the genealogy of a person of European descent, when traceable, doesn’t hit nobility somewhere. And once it hits one European noble, whether you like it or not, nearly the whole tribe joins your family. Those folks got around.
So it’s not really all that surprising that Godgifu is my one of my great grandmothers, one of my 28th great grandmothers to be exact. Godgifu is somewhat better known as Lady Godiva. Finally, an ancestor I can truly admire.
It doesn’t appear that I’m related to Peeping Tom but Shirley, always helpful in these matters, is still trying to make the connection.