What's New

Google Limitations on Genealogy Searches


Genealogy Latin Dictionary


A Country Guide to Google Search Engines


Common Genealogy Mistakes


Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2016



top 100 genealogy websites 2016


Sell Art Online

AbeBooks.com

 

Charles Darwin's Tangled Family Tree

Charles Darwin’s family tree was a tangled mess of inbreeding and ill health according to a recent study in the medical journal BioScience. Darwin, famous for his studies of evolution, crossbreeding and inbreeding, actually did not follow his own advice. He married his first cousin from the Wedgwood family. Apparently, cousin-to-cousin marriage was not uncommon in the Darwin family.

As we reported in Waterford Wedgwood Goes Bankrupt and Waterford Wedgwood Emerges from Bankruptcy, it was the Wedgwood family fortune made from ceramic plates and figurines that paid for much of Darwin’s research in evolution. Of course, Darwin was not alone in having a rich, inbreed family. We had previously reported about inbreeding in the Hapsburg royal family in Spain (see Inbreeding of Spanish Royalty) and even going back as far as Cleopatra and the ancient Egyptians (see Did Cleopatra Have African Ancestry?).

More Genealogy Articles