Printed sources

This guide was last updated in 2009

There are lots of printed sources you can consult in the search for royal ancestors once you have established a link to the gentry.

Some of these are more suited to our purposes that others. Burke’s Peerage has the benefit that it traces lines back as far as they are known. It does not always though include the marriages and issue of younger sons and sometimes omits daughters altogether.

The pedigrees that form the basis of Burke’s were submitted by the families themselves and are subject to omission and error. Burke’s Landed Gentry is more useful for finding local landowning families. A good online guide, fully indexed, is the Peerage website.

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