Tracing Your Aristocratic Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians

Tracing Your Aristocratic Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians

Paperback Family History (Pen & Sword)

By (author) Anthony Adolph

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  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 15mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 19 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Barnsley
  • ISBN 10: 1781591644
  • ISBN 13: 9781781591642
  • Sales rank: 578,275

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Do you believe you are descended from the aristocracy, or even from royalty? Or do you have a line of descent from a blue-blooded family, but want to know more? How far back do noble and royal lines go? How do coats of arms work, and how can heraldic records tell you more? How can genetics help you find your aristocratic origins? In Tracing Your Aristocratic Ancestors leading British genealogist Anthony Adolph explains how to decode family stories, to find the truth and prove your descent from blue-blooded forebears. His book shows you how to expand your aristocratic pedigree sideways and backwards, incorporating heraldic records and printed pedigrees such as those in Burke's Peerage. In a series of concise, fact-filled chapters he explains how to find out about and prove aristocratic ancestry, defines who is blue-blooded, and describes all the sources that researchers can use to explore this fascinating subject. Under Adolph's guidance, you will travel back into the distant past, using cutting-edge DNA technology and arcane genealogies, back to the evolution of the human race, and the point where real ancestors fade into mythical ones - Adam and Eve, the heroes of old and, ultimately, the very gods themselves.

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Anthony Adolph (www.anthonyadolph.co.uk) is a well-known genealogist who has made a special study of the history of aristocracy and of all the research resources that can be used to delve into this absorbing field. He is a regular contributor to the major genealogy magazines and websites, he has appeared as resident genealogist and co presenter of television and radio programmes for Channel 4 and Radio 4, and his books include Tracing Your Family History, Tracing Your Scottish Family History, Who Am I? and The King's Henchman.

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Fellow regular Family Tree author Anthony Adolph steps on to the scene now with his new guide to researching and interpreting records relating to aristocratic ancestors. With advice on how to 'decode' family stories of blue roots and prove descent, this entertaining volume will show you how to grow your noble, even royal, lineage back in time. Indeed through the use of DNA technology , he explains how you can trace your roots into the distant past, where flesh and blood ancestors disappear into mythical ones, from Adam and Eve to heroes and Gods! You'll find details of heraldic records and printed genealogies, and more. It is a modern examination of our age-old fascination with the gentry and royalty- could you be in the clan? Family Tree This is an excellent book, liberally illustrated with pictures taken largely of or from the Society's own collections. The book explores not only how to trace upper class ancestors but the probability of finding such people anyway. Gateways are explored in detail. The approach is always down-to-earth but still enjoyable. This book is highly recommended. -Genealogists Magazine