Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) Who is the person with the earliest known birth date in your family tree? Describe how you figured this out.
2) Tell us in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook or other social media post. Please leave a link to your information on this post in a comment.
3) Extra credit :) Who is the person with the earliest known birth date in North America in your family tree?
I used the "People" View in my RootsMagic 7 family tree management program - clicked on the "Birth Date" column, and scrolled up/down to find the earliest known birth date:
The person in my family tree with the first known birth date is Charlemagne, King of France (747-814), an ancestor of mine through my grandmother, Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) and through the "gateway ancestor" Thomas Dudley (1576-1653).
In the past, I have entered the direct line from Charlemagne and several other "famous" ancestors into my RootsMagic program so that I can impress my friends and family. The lines from the gateway ancestors to the "famous" ancestors was obtained from the Gary Boyd Roberts book, The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants. Did you know it is available on Ancestry.com? See https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49324. I have used other, similar works, also.
I do have many persons without a birth date entered in the "Birth Date" column, but I don't think I have anyone born before 747.
For extra credit, the person in my family tree with the earliest birth date in North America is Peregrine White, born 7 December 1620 aboard the Mayflower in Cape Cod Bay.
He is also an ancestor through my grandmother, Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962), who claimed throughout her life that she was descended from Peregrine White. She was right!
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