Before the first recorded census there was the 1783 tax record, in some states. Then comes the 1789 tax record, again only in some states. Many of Virginia's early records were burned by the British. A real issue for a genealogist! ;p
Now that's a family tree leading up to James VI of Scotland (I in England). Love this story. The King of Scotland finally controlling all of Britain. However, a bittersweet victory as also the last independent King of Scots too... More here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/james_i_vi.shtml
King Egbert (802-839). House of Wessex. First recognized King of all of England. Queen Elizabeth II's 34th great-grandfather. During the late 8th century, when King Offa of Mercia ruled most of England, Egbert lived in exile at the court of Charlemagne. Egbert regained his kingdom in 802. Succeeded by son Aethelwulf, father of Alfred the Great.