Biggest family tree-world record set by Roy
UK -- Roy
Blackmore has spent £20,000 and 28 years tracing his
family tree back 1,500 years-setting the world record for
the biggest family tree.
Photo: Mr Blackmore,
76, from Taunton, identified 9,390 ancestors, including a
Wild West cowboy, a French king and Civil War soldiers, dating
back to 500AD./ SWNS (enlarge
He linked himself through 37 generations
to William the Conqueror in the 11th Century and 45 generations
to Alfred the Great in 880AD.
He began his research because he was orphaned
as a child and wanted to learn more about his family.
He said: "It's been a very interesting journey
with some surprising twists and turns. I never planned to
go back that far, but the more I looked the more interested
"There have been some very frustrating times
when I seemingly hit a brick wall. But there is always a way
around or over an obstacle and you just have to persevere.
"I could go back further into my French descendants but I
think I'll leave it there."
Blackmore spent up to five hours a day scouring documents
from archives, libraries, cemetery records and census registers
Experts say his research is unique because most
was done before the internet, meaning he had to follow a paper
Mr Blackmore is exhibiting a range of
his certificates and wills at Taunton library, Somerset on
For more information visit www.royblackmore.co.uk
Monday, July 14, 2008