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# Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Resources for Researching Your Royal Roots
Posted by Diane

You might have royal roots, even if they’re not recent enough to get you invited to the big wedding this Friday.

More than 60 percent of Americans descend from royalty, says Gary Boyd Roberts, author of The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants (Clearfield Co.). Most of those have New England Yankee, Pennsylvania Quaker or Tidewater planter ancestry.

The immigrants who brought their blue blood with them to the New World were most likely
  • Puritans who settled in New England
  • Quakers (often Welsh) in Pennsylvania
  • Scots in mid-Atlantic states (some in Virginia)
  • Anglican “cavaliers” in Tidewater Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina.

Having a sizable number (50 to 100) of immigrant ancestors in one or more of those areas is a good indication you have royal roots. Also look for ancestors with gentry-level occupations such as a wealthy farmer or merchant, governor, minister or military officer.

If you suspect royal roots, your research strategy will be similar to that of any ancestry: Work backward generation by generation, keeping an eye out for the link to a royal family. But watch out for forged published genealogies, which might've been created as families tried to prove distinguished heritage.

Here are some free FamilyTreeMagazine.com articles with royal roots resources:

You’ll find our guide to researching royal roots in the Spring 2011 Discover Your Roots (also available as a digital issue). 

And check out the books Colonial Americans of Royal & Noble Descent: Alleged, Proven, and Disproven by Patricia Scherzinger and, for more-distant royal links, Blood Royal: Issue of the Kings and Queens of Medieval 1066-1399: The Normans and Plantagenets by T. Anna Leese. 

I'd love to hear about your genealogical connections to the royal family!


Celebrity Roots | Research Tips | UK and Irish roots
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 9:36:01 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 12:44:02 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Royal Roots:

One of the first families that I researched when I started my genealogy quest years ago had royal connections. In fact, I was inundated with royal associations. Two of the youngest members of the family came to America before 1638. The line includes Kings and Queens of the royal houses of Europe in England, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy. Members of the family comprised a number of barons who signed the Article of the Barons on 19 June 1215 on the fields of Runnymede. Records including old manuscripts and books are scattered in archives throughout Europe. From Burke's Peerage to the Domesday Book it has been an adventure. What I didn't know at the time was that majors in History and English Literature would be so helpful in my genealogical pursuits. It's all about the hunt!

Mar

Mar Baker
Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:24:39 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I keep previous issues of genealogy magazines so when you list sources, I would appreciate the date of the issue on the same page as the source so I can look up the information.
Carol Dimer
Thursday, April 28, 2011 8:15:07 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Recently I stumbled upon a website which was able to extend one of my lines by the last name of Bruce, who were Scotch-Irish, back to several Bruces of nobility and eventually to Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland...but then I found a peerage book which stated the name of my Bruce ancestor who first came to America, but it says that he had drowned before the time I had previously read that he came to America. I'm not sure what to think of this...
Chad Root
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