Now we are not quite finished. You have to add up all the numbers to get the total number of people who were involved in you being on this planet, sitting at your computer, connected to the internet and reading this page and that TOTAL SUM IS: 2,097,150.
Now lets look at this question from a different point in time. As my first grandchild was born this year I'm going to use the year 2000 as a starting point. Now assuming a generation is on average between 20 to 25 years we will go back to the early 1500's when the 20th generation was inhabiting this planet. ( Beam me down Scotty). Okay, I'm back here in the 1500's gee they dress funny. Now what I see here are 1,048,576 people, half male and half female. Some are located in the United Kingdom, some are scattered through continental Europe,some are in the Middle East maybe a few are up in Siberia or Canada or the United States but wherever they are fate has brought them together to form 524,288 partners. These 524,288 relationships produced a lot of children, however, only one child from each set of partners is soley responsible for you being alive and in actuality is the 19th generation which is the same number as above 524,288, now you just keeping breaking it down until you arrive at the first generation, which of course is your parents.
Now these are all your direct ancestors and if you wanted to add aunts, uncles and cousins you would probably come up with the answer that equals the total population that has existed since the 1500's.The moral of the story is the next time you meet someone regardless of race, colour, creed or religious background be kind to them because they are most likely your cousin.
Well I don't know about you but I have to go and do some researching as I am missing well over 2 million ancestors in my family tree and that my friends is a lot of surnames.