1) On My Purported Line Back to Adam and Eve -- 140 Generations from Adam to Randy! (posted 10 January 2013):
* QuiltinLibraryLady commented: "I found a tree for my husband's great-grandfather's line that I know contains some of those names & purports to go back to Adam & Eve. The more recent parts of the tree seemed credible when compared to other data so I added the whole thing to my database even though I consider a lot of the earliest stuff to be questionable. It's just fun to think about. And after all, aren't we all descendants of Adam & Eve??"
My comment: If you believe in the literal translation of the Bible, you're right. I can't recall if DNA testing shows that there is ONE "Adam" and one "Eve" several hundred thousand years ago.
* Tim Forsythe noted: "Most experts agree that the best lines devolve into mythology about 400 to 500 A.D. Anyone interested in these early lines should consult the GEN-MEDIEVAL-L Archives for more details. http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/index/GEN-MEDIEVAL
"I monitor the mailing list regularly because I connect to several of these lines and make a concerted effort to keep mythology in its place."
"Actually, very few English lineages can be traced before the late 16th century, when Henry VIII had so many church records destroyed."
"There are three early Irish sources that list the genealogies of Fergus. All three list Ercc, King of Dalriada as his father and Eochaid Muinremur, King of Dalriada as his grandfather. Weis follows these lines.
"Stewart Baldwin (author of The Henry Pages - http://sbaldw.home.mindspring.com/hproject/prov/fergu000.htm) says this is uncertain as Ercc may be legendary, and Eochaid Muinremur probably is."
*Really* careful and meticulous set-up of the filing system so I was not just buried in paper!
And it was still fun, believe it or not. But I like today much better!"
"1. Locate the desired collection in the FamilySearch Catalog: familysearch.org/#form=catalog OR familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlc/
"2. Facebook users can send the request by going to: www.facebook.com/RootsonomyGenealogy and clicking the button "Request Research or a Lookup". All others can submit requests at: http://goo.gl/MlzYC. Now, it's just a day or two.
"As for 2013 land records and probate. There is one more possibility. Some county recorder offices have indexes online for these records, and some indexes go back to the origin of the county. Once in a while I run across a county that even has old images online -- for free!"
"The other advantage of online records is that you can search indexes in many, many ways. Previously for example BMD records might have been arranged by year and then by surname and then by forename. However say you have an index that also records the maiden name of the mother of a child. Doing a search by all those whose birth was registered in a particular year whose mother has a particular maiden name is now easy. Previously it would have been so labour-intensive as to have been impossible."