Fun fact: 1 in 200 men are direct descendants of Genghis Khan.

Now that I have your attention, this was published in an article in 2003 and I had read about it.  You can find the various scientific claims on google when you look up Genghis Khan and his descendants.  ‘The study of genealogy is inseparable from the study of history.”  I found this quote when I was reading Jiri Louda and Michael Maclagan’s book, Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe.For centuries, the nobility and royalty were dedicated to proving their lineage.  It contributed to their prestige and assured their place in the world.  Lineage and genealogy go hand in hand.  The article I mentioned above focused on the genetealogy aspects of Genghis Khan’s lineage.  It shows the DNA lines from his four sons and how each were founders of various ruling houses throughout central Asia and even into Russia.

The book I mentioned above is a detailed study of the lineage of the European royal families back to Charlemagne.  It also provides the changing banners and standards of said families with each new alliance, because marriage wasn’t about love but advantage.  in recent years genealogy has focused on the scientific–DNA.  This has provided a different tool for the study of ancestry.  It’s opened many doors and should continue to be an expanding field.

This is my third blog and I hope I was informative.  I will try to be more frequent, but I keep trying to find all those little facts that might interest you.