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There are 21 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Nov 10, 2011, titled Lake Monticello Man Traces Family History to 160 A.D. - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Spor.... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

A Lake Monticello man finds out there is more to a name than meets the eye. Paul Bergeron has traced his family's history back to 160 A.D. Mapping his family tree first started through personal recollection and talking to family members - then he had a breakthrough.

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Greene County

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Nov 10, 2011
How about the who, what, when and where to complete this story!
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzz

Ashburn, VA

#2 Nov 10, 2011
Julie you couldn't find a more interesting local story to produce? This is worthless and a waste of time. Family tree websites are a dime a dozen. My family traced it's roots to earlier then 150 AD wanna interview me I might be related to Jesus.
internets

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Nov 10, 2011
lol i can't even go back before 1900. there it splits off into half a dozen european countries. good luck with that!
Mow

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Nov 10, 2011
Doubtful story. My sister embarked on our genealogy decades ago. She was told be a fellow genealogist that investigating a family lineage takes years, not only years but a great amount of travel in an effort to verify records. Establishing a family tree just by name is not genealogy, its a lazy mans quest for validation.
Lone Justice

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Nov 10, 2011
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz wrote:
Julie you couldn't find a more interesting local story to produce? This is worthless and a waste of time. Family tree websites are a dime a dozen. My family traced it's roots to earlier then 150 AD wanna interview me I might be related to Jesus.
Yea and the devil was roaming around back then too! Maybe your tail is pointed! And two spikes in your hair!
GenBuff

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Nov 10, 2011
Not to burst his bubble, but this is pretty near impossible. The records in Europe beyond the 1500s are scarce and unreliable. There's a big difference between actually finding and documenting one's genealogy, and accepting at face value what someone else has claimed. He might be interested in this article: http://genealogysstar.blogspot.com/2010/01/ba...
barbara

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Nov 10, 2011
Genealogical research takes great care, and documentation. Yes, if you look online, there are tons of trees people have made. Many are well-done, but many are full of errors. The real pleasure comes from finding a church record or a tombstone, or even a DNA test, that puts another piece in the puzzle. It is seldom the case that a whole tree comes together all at once. Regardless, this seems like an odd story to run as a news headline.
aaronjhill

Seattle, WA

#8 Nov 10, 2011
Very cool indeed.
Mow

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Nov 10, 2011
barbara wrote:
Genealogical research takes great care, and documentation. Yes, if you look online, there are tons of trees people have made. Many are well-done, but many are full of errors. The real pleasure comes from finding a church record or a tombstone, or even a DNA test, that puts another piece in the puzzle. It is seldom the case that a whole tree comes together all at once. Regardless, this seems like an odd story to run as a news headline.
My sister spent 10yrs traveling and verifying family records in city halls, bibles and grave yards. It ended with 2 brothers that came over from England in 1635, we even have the name of the ship they floated over on. Alas she died unable to to continue her quest in England which she so wanted to do. I retire next year and will take up where she ended. Always liked to travel anyway. Europe should be cool. They're not affiliated with the puritan hangups we still have.
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzz

Ashburn, VA

#10 Nov 10, 2011
Lone Justice wrote:
<quoted text>Yea and the devil was roaming around back then too! Maybe your tail is pointed! And two spikes in your hair!
wait a minute.... HOLY [email protected]!!!!! I found a 666 scar on top of my head......
perhaps........SATAN!!!!!!!!!!
the future

United States

#11 Nov 11, 2011
make sure you know where you are going instead of where you came from.
Hugh Jenix

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Nov 11, 2011
Funny how no one ever announces that they've found a connection to Erdigus the Stable Mucker.
Morris S Breeden

Fairfield, VA

#13 Nov 11, 2011
I did one a them genie-ologies and found out I was my own Grampa!!!

Since: Jun 10

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Nov 11, 2011
Hugh Jenix wrote:
Funny how no one ever announces that they've found a connection to Erdigus the Stable Mucker.
I am descended from Erdigus the Great who, yes, began as a simple stable mucker - not to be confused with Erdigus the Unwilling, brother to Ethelred the Unready (real guy).
CvilleGordo

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Nov 11, 2011
I have to agree with some of the above comments; tracing geneaology is a lot more complex and downright difficult than most people realize, and you definitely can't do it on a name search alone. I have a couple family members that have traced us and as it turns out, we're all members of a couple royal families. Dang! I always wondered why I felt superior to everyone else! Funny thing is, practically anyone with a common name can also trace their family name back to one king or another.'It don't mean diddly.'
Disillusioned

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Nov 11, 2011
The times sure have changed. There are probably lots of kids out there that don't even know who their daddy is. Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Searching out your lineage is a great thing to do for your family. Have fun doing it!
Mow

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Nov 11, 2011
Disillusioned wrote:
The times sure have changed. There are probably lots of kids out there that don't even know who their daddy is. Sorry, I couldn't resist.
Searching out your lineage is a great thing to do for your family. Have fun doing it!
Sad but true. But its not something that peculiar to our times. Men have been pigs for as long as they've been pulling women around by the hair.
history buff

Glen Allen, VA

#20 Nov 11, 2011
I have to say I'm a doubter of this story as well.Having dabbled in my own family tree,I agree with a previous poster.Records keeping in Europe(or anywhere else for that matter)much beyond the 1500's was spotty.Surnames often changed in spelling because illiteracy was rampant.To say,without a doubt,that you've traced your family back to 160 AD?That's a stretch in my opinion.

Since: Oct 11

Charlottesville, VA

#21 Nov 11, 2011
Good for you, Mr. Bergeron.:) Congrats of having the time and patience to do this!!
Captain Obvious

Charlottesville, VA

#22 Nov 11, 2011
160 AD? I haave to see some real records to believe this.

Besides that, how many languages would someone have to know well enough to go back nearly two thousand years and numerous wars in Europe? And this proof survived???

I gotta call this a load of hooey.

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