Are you related to the aristocracy?

Royalty Genealogy

I wish I had a pound for each time I have been told by a beginner in genealogy that they are related to the aristocracy ! Anyone who has undertaken a reasonable amount of research knows that many a family legend turns out to be a myth although they should never be dismissed as often there is a grain of truth in them. Also those more experienced in family history will know that given enough time and access to records we are all related to landed gentry, aristocracy and royalty. It’s just that those links might be rather distant.

A friend of mine has been corresponding with a fellow researcher on her father’s side of the family and when she saw that this person had put a member of the aristocracy onto her online tree she did a relationship search and found that her correspondent was related to this eminent person via the husband of 1st cousin 4x removed of husband of aunt of husband of grand aunt of husband of aunt of wife of 1st cousin of wife of 1st cousin 1x removed !! Think the genetic links are running a bit thin by then !


The Peerage

If you think there may be an aristocracy connection there is a good website called The Peerage which lists thousands of entries concerning English & European Peerage and titled families. The information is well researched and is presented in family format. There is also a free iPad app as well as the main website. has a number of databases that would be helpful. Amongst those on offer are …..

The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales 1884Burkes Peerage

Peerage of the British Empire 1848

The Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain & the United Kingdom 1910-1916

A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage & Baronetage of the British Empire 1865 Vol. 2 only

Commoners of Great Britain & Ireland enjoying territorial possessions or high official rank: but uninvested with heritable honours 1837-1838

Burke’s Family Records 1897

Burke’s Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland & Scotland 1841

Find My Past doesn’t seem to have anything to offer in the way of databases especially for the aristocracy.


Google Books

Google Books is a favourite amongst family historians, it is always worthwhile running your family names through the search engine to see what turns up. Also if you know a title of a book that you wish to look at then also try the title search. It is surprising what Google Books holds and the holdings will only get better as books and pamphlets houses at The British Library come online.

A quick search using the word Burke’s showed quite a number of hits for books on the Peerage etc.


So if you think you might have blue blood running in your veins take a look at these websites.

Armigerous Ancestors Database

Achievements Armigerous Ancestors databaseHave you got someone “posh” in your family tree ?!!!

If then you might care to check out the Armigerous Ancestors  database on the Achievements website. The database is a catalogue of Herald’s Visitations and an index to pedigrees, arms and disclaimers both of which are the work of Cecil Humphery-Smith.

The database is extensive and has references to 26,000 family trees.

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The Heraldry Society

The Heraldry SocietyIf you have an interest in heraldry this society could well be of interest to you. The website says …….

THE HERALDRY SOCIETY exists to increase and extend interest in and knowledge of heraldry, armory, chivalry, genealogy and allied subjects. The Society is non profit making and is registered as an educational charity. Membership is open to all. As well as enjoying the privileges and advantages of membership, subscriptions help to further the aims of the Society.

Members receive the quarterly newsletter of the Society, The Heraldry Gazette, and can subscribe to the twice-yearly journal The Coat of Arms. Lectures are held in London and, like our publications, provide a forum for scholarly research, as well as offering a broad range of talks on heraldic and related subjects.

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Burke’s Peerage & Gentry


imageIf you think that your family were in the gentry or royal class of folk then this subscription web site is for you! You can do a free search to see if any of your family names are entered in the database.

They do say that almost everyone is related to royalty somewhere along the line, my connection has yet to reveal itself!