Has anyone else discovered links to their past whilst they've been SSIWing?
It was during but not linked to my SSiW studies that I discovered via family anecdotes, local archives (I know the Ceredigion archivist ) and ancestry.co.uk my long Welsh lineage.
I turned up at one Tresaith bootcamp with incontrovertible (?) evidence that I am a 28th great grandson of Hywel Dda. I managed to persuade Angharad Lliar and Bueno to address me as "Tywysog Huw" although they did so with a healthy scepticism.
Actually I found that my ancestors from the mid 19th C onward were far more interesting because I knew and had spoken to people who knew and had spoken to them.
Beyond four or five generations the genetic contribution to my physical or behavioural makeup is so diluted as to be negligible, but it's fun to think I might have a trace of Hywel Dda's wisdom.