The Peerage Website – Are You Related to Royalty or Gentry? Gosh I never realised so many of you were interested in finding out if you were related to royalty, but it seems so as my recent post on Royal ancestry certainly was very popular. CLICK HERE to read it if you missed it first time round. I thought I would write about another website that deals with royal and gentry genealogy, that makes it sound very posh, but it isn’t. It is a very well designed and researched site absolutely packed with information that will be of help to many of you.
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So let’s dive in and see what’s on offer
The Peerage Website – Are You Related to Royalty or Gentry? – the website
The Peerage is authored by Darryl Lundy who lives, surprisingly in New Zealand, I somehow imagined he must be based in the UK to have such a passion for the higher levels of British society. However his knowledge is phenomenal and his research extensive which is all that matters. Darryl explains on the Home Page that the site is a work in progress and I have certainly seen it grow over the years I have used. It’s good to know that he is keeping it up to date and expanding the database.
On the Home Page you have three large tabs; Surnames, Index and Places and below these are smaller tabs for New Entries, FAQ, Custom Indexes, Abbreviations and Site Map. I use the surname tab mainly which takes you through to an alphabet, click on the letter of the surname of your ancestor and a list, a very long list, of surnames beginning with that initial appears. It is then a case of working through the alphabetically arranged list until you come to the surname you are looking for. There is a number in brackets after each surname that tells you how many references there are to the name.
Clicking on the surname you are interested in brings you to a list of people with that surname. Each person has a link to further information on that person. Clicking on the link reveals all the information that the websites holds. Generally you will find birth, marriage and death details, parents, spouse and children. It all depends on what information the sources used have. There are further links on associated people if more is known about them. Plus, and it is a big plus, everything is cited for the original source so you can go and see for yourself what the original has to say.
There is a complete list of all the sources used – CLICK HERE to access that page. Plus the abbreviation page is very helpful.
The Custom Indexes are interesting and will appeal to many, Rulers of the World, Battles, Offices all feature and quite a few more. Darryl is very through in his work and I think we owe him a genealogy debt for showing how such a great website should be arranged.
The Peerage Website – Are You Related to Royalty or Gentry? – An Example
Using the Pottinger branch of my family tree (you are all getting to know the Pottingers quite well of late!)
- Home Page click Surnames
- Click P
- Work down page – click Pottinger. Noted that 35 references to the name.
- Chose to look at Eldred Curwen Pottinger – click on Eldred Curwen
- This what the site had for Eldred
Eldred Curwen Pottinger
Eldred Curwen Pottinger married Anne Gordon, daughter of Robert Gordon. He lived at Mount Pottinger, County Down, Ireland.
Child of Eldred Curwen Pottinger and Anne Gordon
- Isabella Curwen Pottinger d. 5 Jan 1842
Isabella Curwen Pottinger
- Isabella Smith
- Augusta Smith d. 17 Dec 1893
- Isabella Smith d. 31 Dec 1901
- Agnes Letitia Smith d. 1936
- Charlotte Anne Smith d. 10 Feb 1863
- Sir Lionel Eldred Smith-Gordon, 2nd Bt. b. 2 Apr 1833, d. 1 Dec 1905
There were links to more information on all of the Smith children as well the Anne Gordon, Robert Gordon and Lionel Smith.
The Peerage Website – Are You Related to Royalty or Gentry? – Summary
This website isn’t just about the peerage, it encompasses a wide range of people of all levels of society. This makes it a great source of family history data and a “must search” website. Because one entry leads to another leads to another I suggest you print off a couple of Project Planners and The Citation Worksheets from the MadAboutGenealogy Resource Library. This will help you to keep track of where you have been and what information came from. CLICK HERE to find out how to access the Resource Library. Many of the sources used such as Burke’s Peerage are available online at Google Books, Ancestry and FindMyPast so you may well be able to looked at the original sources yourself.
If you think you might have an ancestor who rose above the rank of agricultural labourer (and I am very fond of my Ag Lab ancestors!) then do go and search through this great website. Let me know if you find anyone in the comments box below 🙂
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