The Heptarchy Family Tree (+ Normans)

In response to numerous requests, I have created a family tree for the Heptarchy. It began just covering those houses, but now it has stretched to include the Norman period. This is a work in progress and will be updated as time allows.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions or requests!

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  30 Replies to “The Heptarchy Family Tree (+ Normans)”

  1. January 12, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I love that one branch begins with a union of Woden and ???

    • William Timmons
      May 18, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      What part of “It’s a work in progress” didn’t you understand? This person has worked hard on this and l, for one appreciate the effort.

      • August 4, 2016 at 11:28 am

        I don’t think it was a dig at Jamie – I think he’s genuinely saying he loves that one branch actually starts with Woden (I didn’t get the impression he’s bitching about the ??? – that’s pretty standard for the time, and all the work in the world isn’t going to fill the female gaps cause no one bothered to record them). It’s funny cause Woden is a god (Odin in Norse) and the likelihood of anyone *actually* being descended from Woden is silly, but they all believed it then and it’s neat that Jamie actually decided to toss Woden in there as an ancestor. You seem to be getting worked up over nothing – the dude just liked seeing a mythical god on a family tree, god forbid he get a kick out of it apparently!

  2. John Mossman
    January 29, 2015 at 10:13 am

    This is amazing. Really outstanging job putting this tree together!

  3. February 12, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Wow – this is great. Could I ask which software you used to create it? It would make a good poster for my students to make up their own imaginary worlds……

    • February 12, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      I used Geno-pro. :)

      • gwen
        February 1, 2016 at 10:32 am

        This would also be super helpful when we get to the Wars of the Roses, maybe with nicknames added. Every single son in every generation on both side seems to have named his children Richard, Edward and Henry. I listened to the Norman History podcast for a while, but I had to give up until I could have a visual guide to go with it – there’s approximately 4000 Roberts!

        • February 1, 2016 at 12:56 pm

          That’s a great idea, because you’re absolutely right about the sheer nightmare of how the nobles were naming their kids during that era. It’s even worse than the flood of AEthels in the middle ages.

        • Bonnie Cawley
          April 27, 2016 at 4:11 pm

          Jamie – I second that, especially when they start out with one name, and then when they get a title, they’re known by a different name. It turns into Who’s On First really fast.

      • Jono Gooderham
        May 22, 2017 at 4:33 am

        Is there any chance of purchasing this as a wall chart…It would great and cause hours of discussion in our family>>>…

        • May 22, 2017 at 10:10 am

          I’ve been talking with Kat Moss about converting this into something more artistic. We’ll see. It’s on the backburner right now because it’ll be a huge project if we do that. :)

  4. February 19, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Is the Caesar that’s descended from Woden…that Caesar?

    • February 19, 2015 at 6:22 am

      That’s one of the theories of who the Textus Roffensis was referring to. But of course, all of that would be legendary.

  5. Zach
    March 11, 2015 at 10:30 am

    This is brilliant. Cheers, Jamie!

  6. March 26, 2015 at 10:34 am

    This is super fascinating! Thanks for posting, Jamie. :)

  7. May 22, 2015 at 5:21 am

    This is brilliant. I’m going to be looking as this as i listen to the podcasts!

  8. July 31, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Could you do a podcast on the meaning/ history of the various names, if there is any information available? History, genealogy, language, all rolled into one — right up your tree, so to speak.

    Thank you for your wonderful work. I just became a member.

    • July 31, 2015 at 9:19 am

      I might put something like that together… I’ll have to see if it works in an audio format (since it might just be boring to hear).

  9. Bonnie Cawley
    April 27, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    What do the little numbers inside some of the squares and circles mean?

    • April 27, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      How long their reigned. It’s not perfect and needs to be tidied up, but that’s the idea anyway.

  10. Huw Plummer
    June 3, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Jamie, this is great. I have done a pretty extensive family tree of my own family and can now tie into this information and trace my own lineage to Woden. Pretty cool, heh. I don’t suppose you want to make it available in a Gedcom file….

  11. Jeremy Hoffman
    September 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I love that you do this Jamie. Such an awesome visual. Thanks for the tremendous effort and time.

  12. Chuck Davis
    December 17, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    holy crap I cant believe that the English royal line was that complex much less that there are blood ties that far back

  13. Jessica
    February 18, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Wow thank you for making this.
    How is George 1st connected to Mary II and Anne Stuart?

  14. Virginia Flynn
    July 29, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    I can’t imagine how much research and work went into this, Jamie! Thank you so much for sharing your passion with us!

  15. August 3, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    This is truly an amazing piece of work Jamie. I don’t think something as in-depth as this exists anywhere else. Must be hard to know where to stop, because links must keep coming. How you put this together would be a members podcast in it’s own right. *hint hint*

    I’d love to see a Welsh & Scots tree too. I’m not asking you to do that, coz I realise this is already a full on piece of work. But if you know of something similar, could you share that?

  16. Adam Dobson
    October 10, 2017 at 12:47 am

    This is really brilliant! Thank you !!

  17. Amanda Kennedy
    January 29, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    This is a thing of beauty. And super helpful for me since I can track my ancestry back to some of these really early folks, (We’re all probably descended from these guys, we just don’t all have the paperwork!)

  18. Erika
    February 21, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Do you have some kind of text file or json file? I need some way to practice data visualization and I’ve been listening to this podcast a lot

  19. Kieran Gobey
    June 8, 2018 at 9:00 am

    This is fascinating. I could read this for hours. Your Podcast inspired me to look further into my own origins. I was born in England in Chatham in Kent. My father’s ancestors are from Gloucestershire, mostly laborers from around Stroud. My mother’s family are South Eastern English. They are a family that has been in and around London for as long as there has been one. It turns out my deepest ancestor pledged allegiance to Malcom the 1st of Scotland and ended up as the gentry of the Isle of Wight. So there you go, even us scrubs can claim some of this history as our own. Yeah my DNA shows I truly am a Kentish man, in all it’s Danish, Frisian and British complexity.

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