Researching Families can sometimes be a confusing and difficult task to undertake. The good thing is that most of the records kept on the ruling class are quite excellent, and have been compiled and documented by the finest Genealogists found anywhere in the world. Queen Victoria spent over a million pounds to have her lineage put down on paper.
Most of the European aristocracy is directly traceable to Biblical times, as a matter of fact many claim in some way to be directly descended from David, son of Jesse and of the House of Judah.
Hebrew genealogy, which is the finest in the world, is traceable over 6000 years! I have traced my own lineage to the House of David, through two of his sons, Nathan and Solomon, and discovered that David was my 68th Great Grandfather!
These are by far not my only ties to Ancient Israel, but they are certainly among the more well known and interesting lineages contained among people of Hebrew descent.
There is much to be said about the incredible pedigrees detailed in the Bible. However, most of what has been presented to the public has not been by the genealogists whom do extensive examinations of Hebrew lineage.
Much of the Gentile world embraces the ideal that their European Lineage descend from David in some way, however most claims are based on conjecture and myth. There are, however, some very interesting truths to be gleaned from the records of those individuals whom are descended from several unique lines found in some lesser known peerage.
All of the current English Monarchy bases its supreme rule on the premise that they descend from David; this is indeed why the 3 lions are on the English crest, as the symbols of the Lion of Judah. (Genesis 49:8)
Hugh Capet Adelade Countess of Aquitaine (26th Great Grandfather) (26th Great Grandmother)
It is no mystery that the nobility intermarried. For instance, Louis I 'Louis The Pious' is my 35th Great Grandfather, his father was the famous Emperor Charlemagne. Louis' daughter married into the elite house of Aquitaine, which in turn after two generations married into the English aristocracy via Adele of Britain.
Adele was the daughter of Edward the Elder, Son of Alfred the Great of Wessex, whom is my 40th Great Grand Father. Through time, the marriages of the Frankish Ruling Class to the Princesses of the realm produced the famous Hugh Capet 938-996, whom was my 26th Great Grandfather.
Robert II Of France Robert I Of Burgundy (25th Great Grandfather) (26th Great Grandfather)
The Dynasty of the Capetians has endured the longest of any ruling house in the Occidental world. Hugh's decendants produced all the succeeding Rulers of the country.
Monarchs often married the daughters of other Rulers to establish allies with each other through the bonds of marriage. It was common practice for those of the ruling class to marry a prince or princess of another nation to establish such things as commerce and alliances for their mutual defense; this is in effect how empires are created.
Henri I Of France Anna The Duchess Of Kiev (24th Great Grandfather) (24th Great Grandmother)
The descendants of Rurik Prince of Russia (29th Great Grandfather) established what was known as the Dynasty of the Kievan Rus. This line was responsible for introducing Christianity into Russia. During the reign of Rurik, the Cryillic Alphabet was created. The marriage between Duchess Anna & Henri I established commerce and trade between the people of Russia & other lands. This was quite important as during those times Russia had been fairly isolated from the rest of the world.
Anna as it turns out was a direct descendant of the Crowned heads of Poland, she was in fact the Great Grandaughter of Duke Miesco I Duke & Dobravka the Princess of Bohemia.
So as you can see, tracing our titled ancestors can be complicated! The good side to all this, is if you can establish lineage to kinsfolk of high descent, you have a wonderful source of legitimate records - all documented for thousands of years by the finest Genealogists the world has ever known. Ancestral lineage is a very important issue, it has to be. Heirs of entire countries depend on the accuracy of pedigrees. As a matter of fact, the record chroniclers who were employed by the various monarchies through time have been traditionally Bishops and Clergy who were of noble lineage themselves, they were the ones who were trusted with the family records and the job of investigation and verification, and were very well paid for their services, to say that some of these genealogists were well rewarded for their efforts is a truth indeed!
Louis VI Alix Countess of Savoy (22nd Great Grandfather) (22nd Great Grandmother)
It does not end there! When you can finally trace an ancestor to a line of high descent, you find that you are related to the greatest rulers to ever come into power. There were so many intermarriages with heads of other nations through time, and such excellent records kept, that even those scribed in stone reveal that your great grandparents were very important rulers. Such is the case of Darius the Great of Persia.
Darius Hystaspes (Darayarahush)
of the Medes.
Darius was in fact my 78th Great Grandfather (522-486 BC: Book Of Ezra 6:1), he was the potentate of the Persian Empire which was ruled from Europe to India. He established the first "Pony Express" and instituted 120 Satraps (Princes) to rule his empire. His inventions have been used for thousands of years. He also was the sovereign leader who allowed the exiled Jews who had been captured and relocated to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar years before, return to Jerusalem, and out of his own expense paid for the re-building of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple of God.
After many years Darius' descendants had become the Princes of Armenia, who through time gave birth to Basil I Of Macedonia. His grandchildren soon married into the Elite house of Burgundy, this was through Constance of Arles & Robert II, whose children were Robert, the 1st of Burgundy and Henri I.
Elders meet with Darius
As strange as it may seem, Nations and Rulers are comprised of individuals from lineage that stems from the very root of the governing aristocracy from ancient times to even today in the new millenium. The Descendants of Darius in the same direct line as the one stated above, also had married into the Seleucid Empire, which was established by one of the four Generals of Alexander The Great of Macedonia after his death.
Darius had a wife whose name was Atossa, her father was Cyrus of Persia and her mother was Neithiyti who was of Egyptian high descent. Therefore when you trace her pedigree back through her Mother, you find her 3rd great Grandfather whom was my 82nd Great Grandfather was the Pharaoh Necho (II Chron. 35:20) who fought at Megiddo (Armageddon).
Darius had built one of the finest cities in the world and named it Persepolis. He had built what was known in the ancient world as the Gate of All Nations, where all nations had representation in the form of ambassadors to the Throne. Persepolis was probably the most wealthy and important city of the ancient world in its days.
In biblical studies it has been found that Darius was in fact the man whom God placed upon the throne as a result of the debauchery and pagan use of the holy instruments of God from the Holy Temple that had been taken from Jerusalem by the Babylonians.
This monumental event is spoken of in the book of Daniel Chapter 5 and is known to many in the world as the story of the "Writing on the Wall" where a hand from heaven wrote upon the wall in the presence of the Babylonian ruler the words "MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN". Daniel then gave the intrepretation that God had determined the end of the Babylonian dominion, and was handing control to the Medes and the Persians. That night, Belshazzar the sovereign head of the Chaldeans was slain. Darius the Median ascended to the throne, being about threescore and two years old.
Biblical Genealogy can be a very exciting and rewarding task. Darius was the 9th heriditary leader in direct succesion of the Achaemenid Empire. In the early 1800's the tombs of the Rulers were located, and way high above the ground Darius had inscribed in stone his lineage and his stories of conquest. These stories were written in 3 different languages and has been translated and as a result has shown absolute proof to scholars that the Holy Scripture is in fact authentic and not just stories. Before this time scholars had claimed that Darius in fact did not exist and that the entire book of Daniel was false. By the finding of the writings scribed in stone by Darius in the 3 languages, it has beyond a doubt proven the truth of the Holy Bible!
It is quite amazing to me that even from the graves these Biblical monarchs are still proclaiming the Truth of God to a world whom has chosen to disbelieve! One finds as time progresses and more evidence is found, that the Genealogical records of the Holy Bible are not only True, they are without a doubt the most accurate records that mankind has ever witnessed.
Both the Old Testament and the New Testament provide excellent records of people and events. For example, the three wise men of the New Testament were known as the Magi, an elite priesthood who proclaimed the birth of the Messiah to Herod in Jerusalem. These men were masters of astronomy and had followed the star of Bethlehem from the East knowing that this was the sign of the coming of Jesus Christ, this event was recorded by the Magi as September 29th, 2 BC. This also was the date of the Feast of Trumpets (Day of Atonement) in Jerusalem that very year, so we know from the records that Jesus was born on one of the Hebrew Sacred Feast days, and not on December 25 as the Roman Calender claims.
Most of us are not able to trace our roots back this far, simply because of the lack of documentation, however, after exhaustive study, I have little doubt that everyone everywhere is related in some way.
In all of my family research, I have looked and dug through the ages through the Rulers of great empires, and after climbing up and down the family tree, I have proved to my satisfaction that none of them have descended from apes.
Earls Of Winchester
Henry deSpencer John Spencer (16th Great Grandfather) (13th Great Grandfather)
You may have often heard that Princess Diana had ties to the United States & even relatives here. Well, they are indeed true stories! Lady Diana Spencer is one of my cousins descended from our mutual Great Grandparents the Earls of Winchester. Sir Winston Churchill was also a Spencer, so we are related through the Spencer/de Spencer house.
My 10th Great Grandfather was the Baron Robert Spencer. His maternal grandfather was Sir Robert Catlin, Chief Justice. Baron Robert was the Sheriff of Northamptonshire
and of the private council to James I.
During these times, Baron Robert was known as the most wealthy man in Britain. He was among those whom contributed to the Virginia Company which was responsible for the Mayflower which landed at Plymouth and the first colony at Jamestown VA.
His name is the first of all his peers to appear on what is known as the Virginia Covenant made between His Majesty and the original backers of the colonies. He also is well known for contributing his resources to the publishing of the Holy Bible of 1611, known as the King James Version.
Ferdinand III of Spain (19th Great Grandfather)
Edward I married Eleanor of Castille whom was the daughter of Ferdinand of Spain. Ferdinand was one of the finest leaders that Spain ever had, his mercy and justice to his nation resulted in him being made a saint by the Catholic Church. Among his many deeds Ferdinand defeated the Moors after Crusading for over 27 years! He was known to be a man of great faith and he founded Hospitals, Bishoprics & Monasteries and even the University of Salamanca. He has gone down in history as one of Spain's most beloved patriarchs .
Spain has a great history of exploration & expansion of its territory. The hereditary leaders were once very much interwoven with the crowned heads of France & Britain.
Ferdinand descended from those governing the provinces of Leon & Castille: just on his father's paternal side, I have discovered over ten Princes in direct succession! His mother was the daughter of Alfonso III of Spain and Eleanor, daughter of Henry Curtmantle II.
So you can see how closely these empires were related, although many wars between them had taken place.
Researching our ancestors is a science, it is made up of facts and records, it is not based upon opinion, it is based upon truth. When you see, in your own genealogical tree, the handiwork of the Almighty God, you are humbled to realize that he is so concerned with families of the world, that he has, through the ages, perfectly established people, nations, empires, & most important of all YOUR FAMILY!
Remember this: God truly loves his people, he loves families, and otherwise we would never have existed. When I look on all the investigative work I have done, and I consider the empires that have been established long ago through a simple means of marriage and childbirth, it truly becomes without one shadow of a doubt the authorship of God. No one man, save the Lord, could ever orchestrate such a grand scheme!
Consider this… Nehemiah was the Cupbearer of Darius, when the Israelites were allowed to re-build the temple he said thus:
Nehemiah 7:5 "And my God put into mine heart to gather together the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of them which came up at the first, and found written therein,
7:6 These are the children of the province, that went up out of captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one into his city:"
Nehemiah then lists the following men, Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvia, Mehum, Baanah. After which he then lists the following:
The Children of:
Parosh - 2,172
Shephatiah - 372
Arah - 775
Pahathmoab (Jeshua & Joab) - 2, 812
Elam - 1,254
Zattu - 945
Zaccai - 760
Bani - 642
Bebia - 623
Azgad - 1, 222
Adonikam - 666
Adin - 454
Ater of Hezekiah - 98
Bezai - 323
Jorah - 112
Gibbar - 95
Bethlehem - 123
Netophah - 56
Azmaveth - 42
Kirjatharim, Chephirah, and Beeroth - 743
Ramah and Gabah - 621
Nebo - 52
Magbish - 156
the other Elam - 1,254
Harim - 320
Lod, Hadid, and Ono - 725
Jericho - 345
Senaah - 3,630
The Men of:
Anathoth - 128
Michmas - 122
Bethel and Ai - 223
The Priests: The Children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua - 973
The Children of :
Immer - 1,052
Pashur - 1, 247
Harim - 1, 017
The Levites: The Children of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the children of Hodaviah - 74
The Singers: The Children of Asaph -128
The Children of:
The Porters, Shallum, Ater, Talmon, Akkub, Hatita, Shobai - 139
The Children of Solomon's Servants: Sotai, Sophereth, Peruda, Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel, Shephatiah, Hattil, Pochereth of Zebaim, Ami.
All the Netthinims, and The Children of Solomon's servants were 392.
Okay... The point is this: There is a better than excellent chance that you are descended from some of the genealogies above, you must remember, this was real close to the year 530 BC! There are so many branches to explore, that it is certainly possible to trace your roots even to the Old Testament. It is not as far fetched as it may seem.
Zerubbabel Prince of Judah, as it turns out was my 50th Great Grandfather, he was appointed the Governor of Judah by Darius, whom also was a close familial friend to Zerubbabel. He was the man who laid the foundation of the Second Temple at Jerusalem and he along with Jeshua the High Priest built the altar.
As you can see, tracing lineal descent has been very important for a long time. From rulers to priests to clergy and their descendants it has stood the test of time. When all is said and done, we can thank God for our families!
Praise Ye The Lord!
O Praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever.
Praise ye the LORD.