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Old 03-31-2021, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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At some point, everyone's pedigree collapses: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedigree_collapse - which basically just means there's going to be married couples in your tree who are cousins, whether they know it or not (whether close or distant cousins).

It's not unusual for an instance of pedigree collapse to be recent enough that it's within a genealogical time frame and therefore traceable or documented.
It's common for people with colonial American ancestry that stayed in one place and didn't move around.

I have a few early 18th century couples I descend from multiple times. Some of the "duplicate" lines were cousin marriages early on, a few of the others are more recent ancestors who happen to share distant relatives (think 4th and 5th cousin marriages, meaning if we didn't have a fleshed out family tree, nobody would even know there was a connection.)
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Old 03-31-2021, 08:00 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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It's common for people with colonial American ancestry that stayed in one place and didn't move around.

I have a few early 18th century couples I descend from multiple times. Some of the "duplicate" lines were cousin marriages early on, a few of the others are more recent ancestors who happen to share distant relatives (think 4th and 5th cousin marriages, meaning if we didn't have a fleshed out family tree, nobody would even know there was a connection.)
Yep. That can happen. Limited opportunities in previous generations and both descendants more recently.
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Old 04-01-2021, 06:50 AM
 
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My surname is an Old Norse name.
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I discovered that Powhatan, whose proper name was Wahunsenacawh, was the leader of the Powhatan is my 10th great-grandfather and his daughter Pocahontas is my 9th great-grand Aunt.
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