In March, 1998, I published a book tracing the descendants of one set of my third great grandparents, William E. Faucett (1798-1873) and Elizabeth Wallis (1805-1860). If you would like to see the results of that research, including a link to download the current edition of the manuscript, please feel free to wander to my family genealogy page.
In the process of collecting genealogy information for my book, I accumulated quite a number of very interesting ancestors.
If I trek back through my family tree, I find that if I go back to Elizabethan England, I find a common ancestor of my parents. My father descends three ways from Thomas Taylor (1574–1618) and Margaret Swinderby (abt 1578–1672), who lived in Hadleigh, Suffolk, England. My mother descends one way from this couple. On the other hand, the first wife of President Jefferson Davis and five Presidents of the United States also descend from this couple. I should remark here that the ancestry of President Abraham Lincoln is disputed.
If I take a different branch of the family, I find I'm related through my paternal grandmother to my most interesting cousin: President Barack Obama.
I descend many different ways from William the Conqueror.
I also descend many different ways from Emperor Charlemagne.
Like everyone else in the world I (at least mythologically) descend from Adam and Eve. This web sites shows the 69 known ways I descend from Adam and Eve.
And just because my father expressed an interest, I've posted here a web site showing the descent of both my parents from the famous (or perhaps infamous) Lady Godiva.