...and my father's father before him.
October 16, 2013 6:49 PM Subscribe
How far does genealogy go back in different countries/cultures?
posted by Thing to society & culture (30 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
In England, the average person can find at least some ancestors back to about 1600* with a middling amount of effort. Slightly socially higher than average families should have no worries tracing back to 1400s with some more work, and noble families can often go all the way back to 1066.
But what it is like in other countries or cultures? How far back can an average person hope to find ancestors just by checking widely available records? Or more difficult to access records? And what is the maximum for even the highest and most important families?
Any country is fine, although non-European heritage countries are more interesting.
*Assuming they have some forebears in the country at the time.