Armstrong’s World
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It’s a small world.

In 1929 the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy proposed a theory in a short story called "Chains "that anyone on the planet is connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries”.

The theory became known in the late 1960’s as the Six degrees of Separation.

Most people associate my surname with Neil Armstrong’s, the first man to walk on the moon.

In his later years, in search of his roots Neil Armstrong met my Auntie Gertie in county Durham.

The Armstrongs hailed from the Scottish borderlands.


I met an Accrington Bobby recently by the name of John Kennedy.

John told me that genealogical research showed his ancestors to have hailed from the same village in Ireland as did JFK.   

I’ve labelled this site Armstrong’s World, on and this url takes you to family outposts as far apart as London, New York, the Pyrenees, Italy, India, the Caribbean, and Australia.

Not all blood relatives of course. And not all WASPS.

But that’s the beauty of the world.

We’re all mongrels.