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Subject: Re: Is there an EIRE in Ireland? (now...are we all Royals)
Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 16:37:40 -0700
>> I attended a lecture at New England Geneaological Historical Society where
>> an eminent geneaologist stated that he suspected that up to 80% of Americans
>> have some royal ancestry. Intriguing theory...
It's probably true. One of the amazing things about English
genealogy is that most people are descended from Edward III.
He had 8 kids. The kids had kids. The eldest inherited and the
rest devolved into normal people. One of my Ulster lines married
an English line in the USA and I'm descended from him. If I did
more work on that line I would find more connections since the
British upper classes are so interbred, once you find one, you
got them all. Lots of En glish were in Ireland.
The Scottish Stuarts were rather prolific as well.
However most of us need to research female lines to find the
royal blood. They are the interesting ones, them female lines.
Always a few jokes there.
I think my Culmer line, through the Bourchiers, are probably
related to the Chichesters -- they have Bourchiers in Devon,
and that's where my Bourchiers were, early 1500's. (One of them
was a non-productive undertaker in Armagh at the time of the
My father's line is English but they were coalminers in
Stanhope, Durham. Unless King Eddie (who camped there on his
way north to dispoil Scotland) had a visitation with a coalminer's
daughter, I'm not likely to be related to Eddie on that line.
Maybe a "pure" English bloodline <grin>.
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