This excerpt is from the book entitled 40 Strange Groups. Little is known about them, hence the shortness of the book and the low price.
This is a club where the emphasis is on the word distant. The mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, sons, and daughters of famous people are not welcome here. Famous relations have to be as distant as possible as happened recently when the body of Richard III was identified by mitochondrial DNA from a 17th-generation nephew. This nephew would be an ideal candidate for this club.
Members include a 22nd-generation niece of the man called Hamo de Chigwell who was Lord Mayor of London in 1319, 1321, 1322, 1324, 1325, and 1327 and a 20th-generation nephew of Sir Richard Whittington, who was Lord Mayor four times between 1397 and 1419.
The club is currently trying to locate descendants of King Henry I of England, who may well be found buried in the vicinity of Reading Abbey. The king died in 1135, so any relations will have to be be either 28th- or 29th-generation. Once this has been achieved, the ultimate search will be for descendants of Alfred the Great who was buried in 899 and then re-buried in around 1110. Archaeologists are confident of finding at least some of Alfred buried near Hyde Monastery although his remains might just be in a shoebox at the local museum.
As Sandra Parkes, the secretary of MDRSFC said “It would be ironic if Alfred was found in a box after all these years when people have been digging around the area for years, hoping to find something near the monastery. Finding a relation will prove equally difficult, but we have the resources in this organisation to do just that, so I am hopeful.”