Monday, July 14, 2008

Man creates world's 'largest family tree'

A BRITISH pensioner believes he has produced the world's largest family tree after tracing nearly 10,000 relatives.

Roy Blackmore, 76, has spent the past 28 years and £20,000 ($A41,000) scouring census registers, cemeteries and archives to find the names of 9390 family members.
Included among them are Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror as well as a Wild West cowboy, Civil War soldiers and a former French king.
Mr Blackmore has applied to the Guinness Book of World Records in the hope of claiming the title of having the world's largest documented family tree.
"When I started I never planned to go back that far but the more I looked the more interested I became," he told The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Britain.
"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 but I think I'll leave it as it is."
Mr Blackmore's interest in exploring his heritage stemmed from being an orphan as a child.
He has now been able to trace his relatives back to the Cerdick family in AD500.


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