Orphaned British pensioner uncovers 1,500-year-old family tree

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A British pensioner claims to have produced to world's biggest family tree after tracing nearly 10,000 relatives and ancestors including Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror.

Roy Blackmore, 76, was orphaned as a child and became determined to find out more about the family he never knew.

He has spent around £20,000 and five hours a day for the past 28 years scouring archives, cemetery records and census registers to trace his roots back 1,500 years.

Genealogy is now a hugely popular pursuit, buoyed by the advent of the internet and programmes such as the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?

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