The "Mad Baron" Ungern-Sternberg is now connected to the Tree

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Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, born to a family of Baltic German nobility, and notable as a real-life supervillain, is now connected to the Tree.

Known as the "Mad Baron" to his enemies and to his Mongolian subjects as "Great Star Mountain" (and to himself as "the incarnated God of War and Khan of grateful Mongolia"), Ungern-Sternberg was an general in the Russian Civil War who led a vicious campaign against Bolsheviks, Marxists, Jews, and anyone else he had a problem with. He was a fanatical adherent to a bloody sect of Tantric Buddhism that resulted in he and his followers conquering Mongolia and invading Siberia in his quest to reinstate the empire of Genghis Khan. Obsessed with mysticism and prone to rages, Ungern-Sternberg kept wolves in his house and executed people he considered feeble so that they could be reincarnated in stronger bodies.

He was captured and executed in 1921 by the Communists but his legend lives on as an example of how truth can truly be stranger than fiction.
WikiTree profile: Roman Ungern-Sternberg
in The Tree House by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (189k points)
I think he reincarnated as somebody I know!  :D

Love this guy!  relationship is a little far back - common ancestors  Tönnis Maydell  and Catharina Schneider 

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+5 votes
Great work, Jessica!
by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
+3 votes
I've added his father (from wikipedia) and a bit about his marriage.

Update: I've found and added information about his wife and daughter,
by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Mach 5 (60.0k points)
edited by Aaron Gullison
Daughter? According to his biography, he was never interested in women.  His marriage was political and he divorced his wife via letter. I would like a source better than Findagrave for this daughter. See The Bloody White Baron by James Palmer.
I've marked her father link as uncertain.
+2 votes
I'd like to see him in the relationship finder, seems like a fun cousin.  But he doesn't have enough ancestry.  Need more maternal lines.

Anybody know anything about his Oldenburg ancestors?  Geni has a long line.
by Anonymous Horace G2G6 Pilot (567k points)
Do they? I don't have a Geni account. What's the connection via the Oldenburgs? No offense to the Ungern-Sternbergs, but they were a bit far down the food chain for a marriage to a family like the Oldenburgs. Most of the Mad Baron's ancestry is Baltic German nobility, stretching back to medieval Livonia.
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He was a very notorious individual, no doubt about that.  I first heard of him thanks to William Addams Reitwiesner's genealogical research.  Mr. Reitwiesner posted the baron's extensively traced ancestry here: 

http://wargs.com/noble/ungern.html

Roman von Ungern-Sternberg is one of those distant cousins that wouldn't be appreciated at all at a family reunion.

by K. Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (126k points)

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