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Sources for Medieval Genealogy



A variety of published and Internet sources have been used to compile these charts, which show my medieval ancestry. This list of sources (especially published resources) is far from exhaustive, and includes only those works which I have regularly consulted in my research. It concentrates on English and Scottish sources, rather than general European ones.




 Published Sources

These works are of varying reliability. Cokayne is probably the best-researched source for United Kingdom lineages.

  • Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the peerage, baronetage and knightage [Burke's Peerage], 105th edition, London, 1970
  • Sir Bernard Burke, A genealogical history of the dormant, abeyant, forfeited and extinct peerages of the British Empire [Burke's Extinct Peerage], London, 1962
  • Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry [Burke's Landed Gentry], 15th edition, London, 1937
  • Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry, 18th edition, London, 1965-1972
  • G E Cokayne, The complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct, or dormant, revised edition, London, 1910-1959
  • I J Sanders, English baronies: a study of their origin and descent, 1086-1327, Oxford, 1963
  • Alison Weir, Britain's royal families: the complete genealogy, London, 1989
  • David Williamson, Brewer's British Royalty: A Phrase and Fable Dictionary, London, 1996


 Online Sources

 Web Databases

  • Jim Stevens' family database, especially useful for the ancestry of English nobility, with good source notes.
  • Royal Genealogical Database - based at Hull University, comprehensive royal genealogical data for Europe and elsewhere, but it contains many mistakes.
  • WW-Person - hyperlinked database of European genealoggy, based in Germany.
  • GeneWeb - French database, good coverage of descenddants of Charlemagne (homepage).

 Online discussion of medieval genealogy

The soc.genealogy.medieval newsgroup has been the source of much of the information on these charts, and it is frequented by some very knowledgeable and helpful people. It is archived at DejaNews.

It is now gated with the GEN-MEDIEVAL mailing list, the older posts of which are archived at RootsWeb.


 Families and Dynasties

  • Scottish nobility at Moncreiffe's Family Records - construction seems to have stalled but promises to be very useful if the project is ever realised. Some family pages are already up.
  • Doig family at Ken Doig's homepages

 Posts to soc.genealogy.medieval


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