Writer Jamie Schler opened the floodgates of fascinating genealogy facts on Twitter after sharing her own obscure family story and asking for more. She tweeted, “Speaking of genealogy and family lore: tell me the oddest or coolest fact from your family’s history.”

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Schler added more about her own family about her Uncle H, who apparently dated a lot of almost famous women and forced prisoners of war to make him pastries in Italy so he could romance a woman with a box of camp labor sweets.

Definitely a weird story! And yet, many people below have even weirder ones, and they’re fascinating even though they’re not my family. I think it’s because the most interesting stories make you think about all the weird stuff that has happened in human history, like someone inventing the Etch-a-Sketch. Follow these family trees into the branches, because that’s where the strange stuff is waiting:

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*First Published: October 12, 2021, 6:21 am