Top ancestor

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In genealogy, a top ancestor is the oldest ancestor in a continuous sequence of ancestors. This means that a continuous line of parent-child connections exists between the top ancestor and the subject of the genealogical study, such as a living person. However, the top ancestor's parents are not (or not yet) known.

Top ancestors are sometimes used to describe the status of a genealogical research project, or in order to compare the availability of genealogical data in different times and places. Often, top ancestors are implied to be patrilineal. If a patrilineal dynasty is considered, each such dynasty has exactly one top ancestor.

Examples of patrilineal top ancestors[edit]

subject dynasty top ancestor date of top ancestor's death
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom Wettin Dietrich I of Wettin ca. 976
King Albert II of the Belgians Wettin Dietrich I of Wettin ca. 976
Charlemagne Carolingian Bishop Arnulf of Metz 640
Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom Este Otbert I, Count Palatine of Italy 975
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Oldenburg Elimar I, Count of Oldenburg 1112
King Hakon V of Norway Oldenburg Elimar I, Count of Oldenburg 1112
Prince Charles of the United Kingdom Oldenburg Elimar I, Count of Oldenburg 1112

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.