"And some there be,which have no memorial; who are perished , as though they had never been ;and are become as though they had never been born;and their children after them.

But these were merciful men, whose righteousness has not been forgotten....Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.

The people will tell of their wisdom,and the congregation will shew forth their praise" Ecclesiastes XLIV

In ten generations (three hundred years) each one of us will have descended from no less than 2046 direct ancestors and from 1024 distinct lines indicating that we all represent an enormous mixture of families and genes.

In twenty generations (six hundred years the figures are a staggering 2,097,150 ancestors descending from 1,048,576 distinct lines.