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Genealogy and Family History: Royalty & Nobility

A guide to assist those interested in starting a family history project.

Were Your Ancestors Royalty?

One of the most frequently asked questions in genealogy is am I related to Royalty? It's not that hard to find out. We will show you how.

Definitions defines:


Peerage as:


- the body of peers of a country or state.

- the rank or dignity of a peer.

- a book listing the peers and giving their genealogies


Royal as:

of or relating to a king, queen, or other sovereign:royal power; a royal palace.

descended from or related to a king or line of kings:a royal prince.

noting or having the rank of a king or queen.

established or chartered by or existing under the patronage of a sovereign:a royal society.


Nautical. a sail set on a royal mast.

Informal. a royal person; member of the royalty.





Suggested Reading List

Researching Your Medieval Ancestry

*indicates title is available in our Family History Research room

  • Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration* (7 vol set)

  • Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins* (3 vol set)

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson, Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607 - 1660*

  • Davis, Virginia Lee Hutchenson, Jamestown Ancestors, 1607 - 1699*

  • General Society of Mayflower Descendants, The Silver Books* (complete set)

  • Redlich, Marcellus Donald Alexander Von, Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne’s Descendants* (3 vol set)

  • Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England* (4 vol set)

  • Smallwood, Marilu Burch, Related Royal Families*

  • Stuart, Roderick W., Royalty for Commoners*

  • Watson, Marston, Royal Families: Americans of Royal and Noble Ancestry* (4 vol set)

  • Weir, Alison, Britain’s Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy*

  • Weis, Frederick Lewis, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700: The Lineage of Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcom of Scotland, Robert the Strong and Other Historical Individuals*

  • Weis, Fredrick Lewis, Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry*

Other Suggested Reading:

  • Weis, Cross Index of Ancestral Roots of Sixty American Colonists and Supplement

  • Weis, Magna Charta Sureties, 1215

  • Gary Boyd Roberts, The Royal Descendants of 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies, Quebec and the United States

  • Douglas Richardson and Kimball Everingham, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families

  • Richardson and Everingham, Magna Carta History: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families

  • Richardson and Everingham, Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Medieval and Colonial Families

  • David Faris, Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth Century Colonists

  • Ian Wood, The Merovingian Kingdoms, 450-751

  • William A. Shaw, Knights of England

  • George Edward Cocayne, The Complete Peerage (available as a free eBook, see below)

  • John Burke, The Royal Families of England, Scotland and Wales with their Descendants, Sovereigns and Subjects

  • Burke,

    • Burke’s Peerage

    • Burke’s Landed Gentry

    • Burke’s Colonial Gentry

    • Burke’s General Armory

YouTube Videos On How to Trace Your Royal Ancestors

Facebook Groups: Suggestions for Networking

General Society of Mayflower Descendants:

Welcome members and prospective members of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. This Facebook page is for you to share news and ideas regarding the Mayflower Pilgrims.

Royal Lines Collective Genealogy: 

A Genealogy Collective of Royalty and Nobility Lines, Gedmatch Comparisons, and Ancient DNA analysis for the amateur novice. Exploration of the Royal and Noble houses of Europe with an intensive study of dynastic historical sources, and progenitor origins. Gedmatch Comparisons and shared Forefather Genealogical Lines of descent are reviewed for researching ancestral lineage equivalents. Gedmatch Comparisons with Ancient DNA Excavation assessments revealing human heritage and archaeological perusal.

The ships Fortune, Anne and more - The Great Migration - 1620-1640:

This Great Migration refers to vast number of immigrants that arrived in New England during the time 1620-1640. The immigrants commonly called Puritans. mostly English, came to America for different reasons, primarily religious. Joining this group will enable you to tell your ancestor story, inquire as to if you have any Great Migration connections, or just look at some of the events and people that started the formation of what we now call The United States.