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.
Anthony Adolph discusses Tracing Your Aristocratic Ancestors:
"In his latest book, Adolph goes to some length to warn that vanity, error and downright dishonesty have dogged the truth behind this topic for centuries.
This is certainly an interesting book, especially if it is read as a preliminary to research whichever route to the aristocracy you choose. Adolph’s prose glides easily and informatively across the subject and only becomes a little turgid when describing the farther reaches of our ancestry where list genealogists must inevitably replace anecdote and vignette. However, like many research guides, it is getting to the records that really matter and on that count the work definitely serves its purpose, being, as it is, packed with useful sources throughout every chapter." - Who Do You Think You Are Magazine, February 2013
About author Anthony Adolph:
Anthony Adolph 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 British television and radio.
6 X 9"
Softcover - perfectbound
Pulished 5 February, 2013
Published by Pen & Sword Family History, Barnsley UK, 2013
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