I’ve been playing with my ancestors some more on Ancestry.com. Here is some of what I have found.
When I got my DNA results I was slightly surprised to find my ethnicity included 15% Scandanavian. I think I have found where that comes from, at least in part. On Dad’s side I have traced a line back to the Orkney Isles in the tenth and eleventh centuries and found ancestors with names like Sigurd Hlodversson and Ostrida Regenwaldsdatter (who was born in Sweden) and Thorfinn I Rollo (Brico) “Hausakliffer” (Skull-Splitter) (Earl of Orkney) Einarsson. I kinda like the sound of “Hausakliffer.”
And on Mom’s side I have finally got the Cummings line back to Altyre, Scotland. I found Thomas Cumin, my 15th great grandfather, born in Altyre in 1439. There is still a Cummings of Altyre in residence at the family estate. I can see the family resemblance — Sir Alastair has a very ‘cousinly’ look to him. http://www.altyre-estate.co.uk/introduction.aspx
So far my earliest supposed ancestor is on Dad’s side. I say supposed ancestor because when we get this far back we are dealing mainly with myths and legends. Facts are few and far between. Anyway, this ancient forefather is Beli Mawr, born 110 BC in Great Britain (62nd Great Grandfather). According to Wikipedia, Beli Mawr (translated into English as Beli the Great) was an ancestor figure in medieval Welsh literature and genealogies. He is the father of Caswallawn, Arianrhod, Lludd Llaw Eraint, Llefelys, and Afallach. Several royal lines in medieval Wales traced their ancestry to him.