Cindy Crawford’s Lineage
Mrs. Cranky and I recently watched an interesting program which is promoted by Ancestry.com. This program traces the ancestry of celebrities and surprise, surprise they all have interesting and famous relatives.
This particular episode traced the heritage of Model Cindy Crawford. The show paid particular attention to Cindy’s “Great Grandfather X10.” Her relative was noble and bold and a hero in the French Revolution. Cindy was ecstatic to find “that this little mid-west girl came from such fine stock. I would never have guessed it!”
But wait…there is more!
Further research found that Cindy’s “Great Grandfather X30” was Charlemagne. That’s right, The Charlemagne, King of the Franks, King of Italy and ruler of Western Europe in the 800’s.
Cindy was in awe of the fact that she was a descendant of a man who was once basically the most powerful ruler in the world. That is pretty spectacular news. Cindy was so proud.
Charlemagne died in 814 leaving behind 18 (acknowledged) children from multiple wives and mistresses. Now Cindy’s Great Grandfather X10 of whom she was so proud would have been one of one thousand and twenty-four Great Grandfathers X10 in her lineage. Charlemagne is Cindy’s Great Grandfather X30!
I'm not sure of the math, but with 30 generations to get to Cindy, I am going to take a guess that good old Charlie, Emperor of Western Europe, is probably one of one-billion Great Grandfathers X30 that can claim a bit of Cindy Crawford DNA. After Charlie's 18 (acknowledged) children from multiple wives and mistresses and forty generations later, Cindy is probably not really so special.
Yes Cindy, you come from some mighty powerful stock. You probably share that heritage with 98% of anyone living today who is at least 1/100 Caucasian!
I’ll bet there are a more then a few deadbeats, murderers, child molesters, serial killers, fakes, frauds, and abject failures in your lineage that Ansestry.com just happened to gloss over.
The resemblance is uncanny!
Still, it is an interesting show.
And ain't my cousin Cindy hot!