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Richard III to Have His Genome Mapped

The following teaser is from an article by Kate Kelland, posted February 12, 2014 at iol.co.za: London – A year after they revealed a twisted skeleton found under a car park as the mortal remains of King Richard III, scientists in Britain plan to grind samples of his ancient bones and use them to map […]

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The First Family Voted Favorite Family; Kardashians, Not So Much

The following is from Astrid Galván for findmypast.com: Survey also finds which families in history people most want to be related to LOS ANGELES (Sept. 9, 2013) – Whether it was the Brady Bunch or the Adams Family, we’ve all wondered what it would be like to join another clan. Findmypast.com was curious too, so […]

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Royal Prince to Inspire an Extra 1400 Georges

The following is from Ancestry.com: The popularity of a royal baby’s first name increases by an average of 32 percent the year after the baby is born Historically, Prince Andrew (born in 1960) has had the biggest impact on baby names Provo, UT (24 July, 2013) – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, […]

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Findmypast.com Discovers the Royal Baby will be Related to Other Celebrity Kids

The following is from FindMyPast.com: New prince or princess shares ancestry with Beyoncé, Brangelina and Hilary Duff offspring LOS ANGELES (July 8, 2013) – As the world waits with bated breath for the birth of the heir to the British throne, findmypast.com, an international leader in online family history, has uncovered His or Her Royal […]

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Prince William Has Indian Ancestry

The following excerpt is from the June 13, 2013 edition of MailOnline. DNA testing has revealed that Prince William will become the first British monarch of Indian ancestry. A clear genetic line has been drawn between the Duke of Cambridge and a half-Indian woman, potentially marking him as the first King whose bloodline is descended […]

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Bones of the Last English Monarch to Die in Battle have been Found and Verified

DNA testing has proven that bones found under a car park belong to Richard III, the last English Monarch to die in battle. This story can be read in full at The Telegraph: Richard III: tests on skeleton could ‘rewrite history books’, says lead scientist Richard III: The King in the Car Park on Channel […]

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Has Richard III’s Body Been Found?

The following teaser is from the September 12, 2012 edtiion of The Telegraph: ‘Strong evidence’ Richard III’s body has been found – with a curved spine Archaeologists searching under a city centre car park for the lost grave of King Richard III have discovered human remains. Here are the latest developments as scientists unveil their […]

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Hilary Duff is the Closest Celebrity Relative to Queen Elizabeth II – But Still Only an 18th Cousin

The following teaser is from the August 23, 2012 edition of azcentral.com: Stick a tiara on Hilary Duff, America’s closest celebrity relative to Queen Elizabeth II, according to a genealogical study. In fact, millions of Americans of English descent can claim a distant – very, very distant – relationship to the queen, but Duff, a […]

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Royal Household Staff Records Go Online for the First Time

The following news release was received from Debra Chafield at findmypast.co.uk: Discover who served Britain’s Kings and Queens from King Charles II to King George V, at findmypast.co.uk ‘Chocolate Maker to the Queen’, ‘Keeper of the Lions in the Tower’ and ‘Moletaker’ among some of the most extraordinary roles Have you ever wondered who works […]

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Kate Middleton is Related to a King, Ellen DeGeneres, and Uncle Gary

The following excerpt is from an interesting article in the April 25, 2011 edition of The Star. Much has been made of Kate Middleton’s pedigree: the coal in her veins, the Ellen DeGeneres connection, the tattooed uncle. Any woman who marries a royal will have her family tree scoured for signs of weakness, intrigue and […]

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Kate Middleton’s Grandfather Was a Pilot Trainer in Calgary, Canada in the Early 1940s

The following excerpt is from a Canadian Press article in posted at Google.com. TORONTO — Historical records show that the grandfather of royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton had a Canadian connection. Genealogy website Ancestry.ca says records show Peter Middleton was a flying instructor with the Royal Air Force at a Calgary flight school during the Second […]

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Prince William & Kate Middleton Are Distant Cousins

LONDON, UK (CNN) — Is Kate Middleton a commoner? It may sound like a crass question, but it’s one being asked of genealogists when it comes to the roots of the future queen of England. Experts have researched Kate’s family history since Prince William started dating her years ago. CNN’s Jim Boulden sat down with […]

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New Zealand Antiques Dealer Claims to be the Rightful Heir of the Harry Potter Castle

A Napier [New Zealand] antiques dealer has claimed that his family are the rightful heirs to one of Britain’s most famous dynasties, which owns the castle used in the Harry Potter movies. Kevin Percy, 74, believes his family was cheated out of inheriting the Earl of Northumberland’s massive estate, now conservatively valued at $685m. He […]

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The Role of Inbreeding in the Extinction of the Spanish Habsburg Dynasty

Don’t marry your sister. It’s good advice, but one that the royalty often ignored. Scientific evidence confirms what we already knew. The following press release is a VERY ABBREVIATED recap of the paper itself: The powerful Habsburg dynasty ruled Spain and its empire from 1516 to 1700 but when King Charles II died in 1700 […]

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