Frequently asked questions

1st) Why does one call aristocrat aristocratic?

Blue blood was translated in the 19th century from Spanish "sangre azul", the most distinguished families of the Spanish aristocracy designated. With them the blue veins gleamed by the bright skin. The aristocrats never exposed themselves to the sun, so that the skin remained bright.

2nd) Germany consisted until 1918 of different kingdoms. Which kingdom didn't give it?

The country Thuringia with Weimar as capital developed only 1920. There was end of the fourth century the master federation of the Thuringiaman, which created the Kingdom of "Toringi". But 531 it was already conquered and divided under Theoderich by Franconias and Saxonia. Over 1000 years long there was no more Thuringia. The realm was so extremely splintered that the region became Thuringia the epitome of the German particularism.

3rd) If in Germany again a monarchy would be installed, who would have the claim to the emperor and/or king throne?

Prince Georg Friedrich Ferdinand of Prussia is the great-great-great-grandson of Emperor Wilhelm II. Since 1994 he is a boss of the house Hohenzollern. He was born on 10 June 1976 in Bremen.

4th) Where does the master castle of the house Hohenzollern lie?

In Hechingen on the mountain "Hohen Zollern" in Baden-Wurttemberg. After this mountain also the family was designated. The castle is to have been already built in the first half of the 11th century. 1214 were divided the family into two lines. The catholic-Swabian line has today on castle Sigmaringen its seat.

5th) The prince family "Thurn und Taxis" has its residence on Saint Emmeram in Regensburg, one of the largest inhabited castle-plants of Europe. What was the outstanding historical achievement of the family?

The organization of the imperial postal service was the outstanding achievement of the family. Franz of Taxis (1459 - 1517) furnished a well organized courier service and put at the turn to the 16th century the foundation-stone for an international postal service. Letters from Innsbruck to Brussels were only five one half day on the way. 1615 recompenced Emperors Mathias the family with the office of the imperial general post office master.

6th) Count Lennart Bernadotte, which removed the Bodensee island Mainau to the flower island, is related to the Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf. How is he related to him?

Count Lennart Bernadotte is the uncle of the Swedish king. He was born on 8th May 1909 as a Prince Gustaf Lennart Nikolaus Paul, Hereditary Prince of Sweden, Duke of Smaland in Stockholm. His father was Prince Wilhelm of Sweden, his mother Maria Pawlowna, Grand Duchess of Russia. The prince title, all other aristocracy descriptors and privileges lost Lennart Bernadotte, than he married 1932 a civil one. He got the count title "af Wisborg" lent by Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, his aunt in the year 1951. She wanted to recompence him thereby for his earnings around the flower island. His second wife, Countess Sonja Bernadotte leads the business of the island for years. With their he has five children.

7th) What are Kekulé numbers?

Stephan Kekulé of Stradonitz used 1898 in his "Geneological table atlas" an ancestor numbering system. This system conquered the entire world and later it was designated after him. It is today still the used, the Kekulé numbers.

During the numbering of the ancestors the rehearsing and receives the number of 1. Bei der Nummerierung der Vorfahren erhält der Proband die Zahl 1. Die Geschwister erhalten die Zahlen 1a, 1b, ... Der Vater erhält die zahl 2 und die Mutter die 3. Hat eine Person die Zahl n, so erhält deren Vater die Zahl 2 * n und die Mutter die Zahl (2 * n) + 1. Somit erhalten alle männliche Vorfahren gerade Zahlen und alle weibliche Vorfahren ungerade Zahlen.

               |                               |
               2                               3
        _______|_______                 _______|_______
       |               |               |               |
       4               5               6               7
    ___|___         ___|___         ___|___         ___|___
   |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
   8       9      10      11      12      13      14      15
  _|_     _|_     _|_     _|_     _|_     _|_     _|_     _|_
 |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
16  17  18  19  20  21  22  23  24  25  26  27  28  29  30  31

Person          1: Generation 0   (Rehearsing)
Persons  2 and  3: Generation I   (Parents)
Persons  4 to   7: Generation II  (Grandparents)
Persons  8 to  15: Generation III (Great-grandparents)
Persons 16 to  31: Generation IV  (Great-great-grandparents)

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