Gateway ancestors

This guide was last updated in 2009

Once you have located what is known as a gateway ancestor, one who links your family to a known noble ancestry, the door opens upon a world of recorded and published pedigrees that can lead back to royalty.

He may be a vicar or a tradesman perhaps; he will probably stand out against the background of more humble contemporaries. Any mention of “Esquire” or "Gentleman” should be pounced upon and fully investigated.

Search widely and stay vigilant for the right signs and you will give yourself the best chance to find a royal ancestor.

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