What is the oldest ancestry most would not quibble about?

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What do you believe is the oldest known ancestor in WikiTree (of a member) who most reasonable genealogists would not quibble about the certainty of each child/parent relationship back to that ancestor?
in The Tree House by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (726k points)
The kings of Dál Riata have their genealogy traced back through the king lists and annals to Domangart mac Fergusa, who lived in the early 6th century. His father, Fergus, is considered semi-legendary. This far back, the genealogies found in the annals (like The Annals of Tigernach and the Annals of Ulster) are mostly things like "King so-and-so was the son of King such-and-such. He reigned for X number of years. He died (sometimes in battle). His son was the next king." It's pretty dry stuff.
Of course the point of killing the king in battle would be that your leader could be king, not so that his son could take over.

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If anyone can confirm their ancestry back to Charlemagne, then his ancestry is confirmed in one or two lines back another 5 generations to the late 6th century, beyond that is theory and supposition.

You used to see the ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II back to Cerdic of Wessex, but there are quibbles about some of that ancestry, so the earliest that is confirmed is probably Eahlmund of Kent from the late 8th century.

by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (640k points)
selected by Pip Sheppard
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It's not a region I'm expert in, but I understood that some of the Welsh Royal genealogies go back further reliably, but that might be the genealogical equivalent of an urban myth.
by Suzanne Doig G2G6 Mach 4 (40.6k points)

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