The last couple of weeks have been spent exploring a plethora of Reformation connections.  I re-established contact with a gentleman in Germany with whom I had contact several years ago.  He provided me with long and complicated family tree, in text format for his connections to Johannes Mathesius.
I also purchased Legacy Family Tree as I liked some of the features it provided, especially the making of webpages.  More of this will come later.
I also "stumbled" upon the German Wikipedia and it has proven to be a font of information on lineages, and also pictures.  A great many of my ancestors weave in and out of the events of the Reformation.  They also weave in and out of their families.
As an example, I found that Christina Strauch [37671] (1652-1711) is directly related to Lucas Cranach the Elder in three different ways.


Relationship Chart Christina Strauch [37671] is the 3rd Great-Granddaughter of Lucas (The Elder) Cranach [86]
Common Ancestor * Lucas (The Elder) Cranach [86] (1472-1553) * Barbara Brengbier [136] (Abt 1485-1540) Married 6 Jan 1508 [16] |
| * Lucas (The Younger) Cranach [134] (1515-1586) Magdalena Schurff [135] (1531-1606) Married 24 May 1551 [44] |
| * Augustin Cranach [133] (1554-1595) Maria Samuela Selfisch [91] (1558-1626) Married 26 Nov 1577 [43] |
| Aegidius Strauch I [106] (1583-1657) * Euphrosina Cranach [97] (1590-1665) Married 20 Jan 1607 [47] |
| * Augustinus Strauch [486] (1612-1674) Dorothea Sophia Lentz [37672] (1621-1655) Married Aug 1643 [37411] |
| * Christina Strauch [37671] (1652-1711)

Christina Strauch [37671] is the 4th Great-Granddaughter of Lucas (The Elder) Cranach [86]
Common Ancestor * Lucas (The Elder) Cranach [86] (1472-1553) * Barbara Brengbier [136] (Abt 1485-1540) Married 6 Jan 1508 [16] |
| Caspar Pfreundt [32] (1517-1574) * Anna Cranach [29] (1527-1577) Married 13 Dec 1549 [15] |
| Conrad Fluth [35] (1538-1608) * Anna Pfreundt [34] (Abt 1545- ) Married 30 Jan 1570 [19] |
| Prof. Dr. jur. Benedikt Carpzov the Elder [6237] (1565-1624) * Anna Fluth [36] (1573-1598) Married 1 Sep 1590 [11480] |
| Friedrich Lentz [37673] * Maria Carpzov [6246] (1598-1640) Married [37412] |
| Augustinus Strauch [486] (1612-1674) * Dorothea Sophia Lentz [37672] (1621-1655) Married Aug 1643 [37411] |
| * Christina Strauch [37671] (1652-1711)

Christina Strauch [37671] is the Wife of 2nd Great-Grandson of Lucas (The Elder) Cranach [86]
Common Ancestor * Lucas (The Elder) Cranach [86] (1472-1553) * Barbara Brengbier [136] (Abt 1485-1540) Married 6 Jan 1508 [16] |
| * Lucas (The Younger) Cranach [134] (1515-1586) Magdalena Schurff [135] (1531-1606) Married 24 May 1551 [44] |
| Prof. Dr. theol. Polycarp Leyser the Elder [103] (1552-1610) * Elisabeth Cranach [90] (1561-1645) Married 17 May 1581 [14] |
| * Prof. Dr. theol. Wilhelm Leyser I [383] (1592-1649) Regina Tetzel [6249] (1602-1631) Married 11 Feb 1622 [11482] |
| * Wilhelm Leyser II [6251] (1628-1689) Christina Strauch [37671] (1652-1711) Married 23 Apr 1667 [37410]

There may be more, but this is a good example of how tightly knit the Reformation Family was.
 
 
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Many American genealogists endeavour to connect to the Mayflower or the Revolutionary War.  Those of us with European backgrounds have considerably more events to connect to any of our ancestors.

In my case the major event is the Reformation.

Through working in the descendents of Lucas Cranach the Elder, I have discovered many major players in events of the times, including an indirect link to Martin Luther for whom there are no direct descendents.

The results of what I have learned so far are detailed on my website on the Reformations Connections page.
It is amazing what you can learn from fellow researchers and random searches.  The German and English Wikipedia were extremely helpful in filling in lineages and also providing a lot of information about many of these individuals.  Doctors, lawyers, preachers, printers and artists all had their roles to play.