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The Duck Family Tree (Tentative, better-known as simply Don Rosa's Duck Family Tree Sketch, was Don Rosa's earliest draft of his later, more notorious version of the Duck Family Tree, a simple sketch without any portraits as opposed to an illustration. It features Sir Stuft McDuck, Sir Swamphole McDuck, Sir Eider McDuck, Sir Quackly McDuck, Malcolm McDuck, Seafoam McDuck, Sir Roast McDuck, Molly Mallard, Titus McDuck, Quagmire McDuck, Pothole McDuck, Jake McDuck, Fergus McDuck, Downy O'Drake, Matilda McDuck, Scrooge McDuck, Hortense McDuck, Quackmore Duck, Della Duck, Donald Duck, Mr Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, Goosetave Gander, Pintail Duck, Humperdink Duck, Elvira Duck, Daphne Duck, Gladstone Gander, Eider Duck, Fethry Duck, Whitewater Duck, Clinton Coot, Gertrude Gadwall, Fanny Coot, Luke Goose, Gus Goose, Gretchen Grebe, Cuthbert Coot, Cornelius Coot, and several characters wh did not make it t the final tree, including Ludwig von Drake, Daisy Duck, April, May and June, Susiebelle Swan, Dimwitty Duck and Moby Duck.


Additional characters

This early version of Don Rosa's Duck Family Tree is most notable for confirming the idea that Mr Duck is in fact Daisy Duck's brother, an idea absent from (but not contradicted by) the finished tree. It also includes Susiebelle Swan, described as “Goosetave Gander's grandmother's unmarried sister”, and the detail of Ludwig von Drake as Matilda McDuck's husband. “Old Scotty” is included as a nickname for Fergus McDuck, and Dimwitty Duck is inserted as one more sibling of Fethry Duck and Whitewater Duck.

Discarded directions

Crossed-out, but still visible, Moby Duck was briefly considered as the father of Fethry Duck, Whitewater Duck and Dimwitty Duck (the latter of whom was, besides, cut from the tree) until Rosa decided to switch him out for Eider Duck and keep Moby off the tree altogether. A crossed-out “Gander” also suggests that Rosa briefly considered making Gus Goose's mother Fanny a sister of Gladstone Gander's father Goosetave, rather than a sibling of Donald Duck's cousin-once-removed Cuthbert CootSeafoam McDuck, in addition, is depicted as Scrooge McDuck's great-great-great-grandfather; in the finished Don Rosa lore, he was knocked down a generation, being referred t as merely Scrooge's great-great-grandfather. Finally, Scrooge McDuck's mother Downy is given the maiden name "Duck", instead of the later, more distinctive "O'Drake".

Supplementary information

The tree also includes years of birth and (where relevant) of death for a number of characters, as detailed below.

Character Year of birth Year of death
Eider McDuck 880 946
Sir Quackly McDuck 1010 1057
Sir Stuft McDuck 1110 1175
Sir Roast McDuck 1159 1205
Sir Swamphole McDuck 1190 1260
Malcolm McDuck 1530 1565
Seafoam McDuck 1710 1776
Pothole McDuck 1820 19??
Fergus McDuck 1830 1902
Jake McDuck 1840 19??
Downy O'Drake 1840 1898
Scrooge McDuck 1867 1967
Matilda McDuck 1871 N/A
Hortense McDuck 1876 N/A
Quackmore Duck 1875 N/A
Donald Duck 1920 N/A
Della Duck 1920 N/A
Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck 1940 N/A
Daisy Duck 1925 N/A
Pintail Duck 1530 1564
Cornelius Coot 1790 1880
Clinton Coot 1840 1910
Elvira Coot 1855 195?
Casey Coot 1865 194?

Behind the scenes

This early version of Don Rosa's Duck Family Tree, presumably created around 1992, was later printed as an extra in the various worldwide versions of the Don Rosa Library, include Volume 5 of Fantagraphics's American printing thereof.