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The DNA profile of Napoleon III.

Are you related to Napoleon III?

Discover a possible family connection with the former French President and compare yourself to many other famous people as well!

The DNA of a former French emperor

Napoleon III was a major political leader in the 19th century and reigned as the last monarch over France. He was born on April 20, 1808, and his real name was Charles Louis Napoléon Bonaparte. His uncle was none other than Napoleon Bonaparte, the famous French general and emperor.

Charles Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, who later took the name Napoleon III, came from the Bonaparte dynasty, an Italo-French family founded by Carlo Buonaparte and his wife Letizia Ramolino. Napoleon III was the third son of Louis Bonaparte, the younger brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, and Hortense de Beauharnais, the daughter of Napoleon's first wife Joséphine.

Because of his heritage and close ties to the earlier Napoleonic dynasty, Napoleon III was under constant scrutiny and had to endure several exiles and prison terms before coming to power. After two failed coup attempts in 1836 and 1840, Napoleon III came to power through a successful coup in 1851, a year after he was elected president of the French Republic.

Napoleon III ruled France from 1852 to 1870, proclaiming the Second Empire and himself emperor. He was known for his aggressive foreign policy ambitions, which often brought him into conflict with other European powers. However, despite his controversies and defeats, especially in the Franco-Prussian War, he also brought France some progress. Under his rule, Paris was modernized, new railroads were built, banks were supported, and the economy as a whole was strengthened.

On December 2, 1852, he had himself proclaimed emperor and henceforth took the name Napoleon III, a direct link to his uncle's political tradition. In 1870, after defeat in the Franco-Prussian War, he was captured by the Germans and his empire ended.

In exile in England, Napoleon III died on January 9, 1873. Although he was a controversial leader, his reforms and style of rule left a lasting mark on modern France.

Napoleon III belonged to haplogroup I-M170 (subgroup I-CTS6433) in the paternal line.

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Ancestry Revealed: My Unexpected Royal Connection Unearthed by iGENEA DNA Test

Battling doubts and excitement, I took a DNA test with iGENEA and found myself linked with a historically significant figure, Napoleon III. An in-depth look at the steps leading up to this astonishing revelation and my overall experience with the advanced DNA testing company. (O. Rouen)

While the notion may seem fantastical, here I am, sitting with the results of my DNA test from iGENEA which indicates that I share common ancestors with no less significant personality than Napoleon III himself. The entire experience has been nothing short of astonishing. As someone with keen pursuits in understanding family history, I decided to delve deeper. iGENEA was highly recommended, hailed for its detailed coverage, user-friendly procedures, and excellent customer service. Intrigued, I gave it a shot.

Upon receiving the test kit, I was pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness and neat organization of its contents. The instructions provided were simple and clear, making the process incredibly straightforward. As for the DNA sampling, it was far from the arduous process I had imagined. It was quick and painless, just a quick swab on the interior of my cheek and my contribution was done. Following the guidelines provided, I quickly sent it back through express shipping.

While waiting for the results, the notifications from iGENEA were frequent and informative. So, I was well aware of where my DNA was and what was happening with it. After a few weeks, the results were finally delivered to my inbox and they were astounding!

The results came into two-fold; a comprehensive overview and a detailed report. The overview was a picturesque portrayal of my origins, outlining my ancestral routes from thousands of years ago. The detailed report was more focused on recent history and it was here that I received the surprising revelation. The meticulously illustrated genealogy displayed my connection with Napoleon III. It was thrilling to see my ancestral line converge with that of the French Emperor.

What was also appreciative about iGENEA was how concrete the evidences were that backed their conclusions. They did not just slap a famous historical figure's name and label him a relative. They took the effort to provide all possible data to prove how they had drawn such an inference.

In conclusion, my experience with the iGENEA DNA test was both enlightening and exciting. It provided a clear window into my past, revealing connections I never could have imagined. Moreover, it helped deepen my understanding of my roots and how they intertwine with global history.

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