I think my grandfather descended from the people called "New Christians" in Spain and Portugal, meaning my ancestors survived the Spanish Inquisition. Also, I descend from the Tupi people (Native South Americans).
I am supposedly a direct descendant of Rob Roy MacGregor.
I have at least two Civil War soldiers (one on each side), a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Cotton Mather, and possibly some unconfirmed connections to medieval English royalty (Plantagenets).
On my mother's side, I am descended from the oldest Texan to fall at the Battle of the Alamo -- Gordon Jennings -- verified to the point that we have a certificate that we are Sons of the Republic of Texas.
From my father's side, we are related to Henry T. Elrod...
... a Marine pilot at Wake Island who apparently "single-handedly took on a flight of 22 enemy planes," and was the first man to sink a warship with small-caliber bombs delivered from a fighter aircraft (sank the Japanese destroyer Kasaragi). When all American aircraft were destroyed, he apparently organized the survivors into a beach defense unit, and was KIA. Posthumously received the Medal of Honor from President Truman, and the USS Elrod is named for him.
So ... that's a hell of a story.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
Not much to be proud of in my family. Pretty much a bunch of criminals and circus workers (no offense to you circus workers out there) on both sides. However, very far down the line, my (unconfirmed) ancestor was the father of Anne Boleyn. Otherwise, I've heard that the furthest that my family has traced itself back was to the Norman invasion of England.
We have the papers of an ancestor that fought in the Revolution. Went to one battle, was one of a handful of survivors, was captured, escaped, made it back to fight at Yorktown, went to fight the indians and then was finally given land in Georgia for all of his troubles. The family then moved down to Texas at some point, great great grandma was Comanche. Great grandfather was one of the most powerful judges of east texas in his day. One grandfather landed at Iwo Jima, the other flew 50 missions in a B-17 over Europe, great Uncle parachuted into Sicily(where we think he got a very close connection with the mob)
My great grandfather played soccer for Rangers FC as well as for the Scottish National Team.
Somewhere on my dad's side we're related to Daniel Boone, confirmed enough to have papers for it laying around somewhere.
On my grandmothers side, im related to Bill Gates... or should i say William Gates... about 100 years ago...
I've done most of the research on my family, its a great hobby my wife and I enjoy. On my mom's side were descended from William Wallace's brother. My family came to the US in 1512, fought in the Rev War and Civil War. One of the cousins daughters married into the McCoy family in KY.
Now, if you want to get really weird, my wife and I met 17 years ago on a phone dating service. She was on one side of Atlanta, and I on the other. We've got relatives from the same part of North Georgia, and a few years ago, her tree tied into mine. We are actually very distant cousins with one another, 13 generations apart. It did creep us out for a bit, but we'd have never known without us digging back so far.
Been working on my genealogy. Still much to do but I am related to a family that sent 4 sons to the Civil War: two died, one was "shattered" (I don't know what they mean by that, physically, mentally, or both). They were lauded as the family that gave the greatest sacrifice in the state of Wisconsin.
I've heard rumors of significant relations, but I don't see the point. I haven't found evidence yet.