Extend your search

This guide was last updated in 2009

The local landowners, yeoman farmers and churchmen are one of the keys to locating your Royal connections.

You should be looking to extend your family tree as widely as possible to incorporate as many children as you can. This means that you must research your family beyond the narrow confines of the direct line and look for marriages, especially on the less researched female lines, that include representatives marrying minor gentry.

You should aim to get at least some lines back to the 17th century. Look for wills if farmers, gentlemen and clerics are found. They often contain references to extended family members.

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