According to the Oxford Times (UK), there are others who pass even that line, such as a British explorer who brought 45 containers - via yak (see below right) - to a Mount Everest base camp so he could continue tracking his 41 generations of ancestors.
Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes did just that as he missed a deadline for his new book, "Mad Dogs and Englishmen: An Expedition Round My Family." He's well-known for 30 international expeditions such as climbing Mt. Everest, crossing the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps, and was the first to complete a polar circumnavigation of the Earth.
“The papers came boxed up in 45 containers and were transported by yak to the base camp. I was able to complete the book by writing in between acclimatisation exercises on the mountain. The pages were handwritten and a senior BBC producer who was with us kindly allowed a BBC photographer to photograph the pages. They were then emailed to my home on Exmoor to be typed up and sent on to my publisher,” he said.It helps to have a family castle where your people have lived for 20 of those 41 generations and which also contains a huge family archive.
The resulting book is a remarkable record of the extensive Fiennes family going back 41 generations to the family’s French roots to Charles Martel (715-741), who was grandfather to Charlemagne.
In the article, Fiennes says many documents were found in sections of the Castle. He was somewhat shocked - and never suspected - that the family history would go back to his ancestor, Eustace of Boulogne, in 1066.
If you like nursery rhymes or have recently read them to a younger descendant of yours, you might have read "Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross." The family received the title Baronet of Banbury after an ancestor rescued the town. A line in the rhyme has come down as "Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross to see a fine lady upon a white horse," although Fiennes' mother told him in the 1940s that it should be "to see a Fiennes lady upon a white horse."
The Fiennes lady was Celia Fiennes (1662-1741). Her father, Gen. Nathaniel Fiennes, was almost hanged by Cromwell for losing Bristol to the Royalists. The adventurous woman did something women of that day did not do - she explored the countryside, riding sidesaddle to every English county. "The Diaries of Celia Fiennes" was published in 1887.
Read the complete story at the link above.