- Hardcover: 1035 pages
- Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company; 2008 edition (February 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806317868
- ISBN-13: 978-0806317861
- Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,858,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History 2008th Edition
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About the Author
Gary Boyd Roberts, nationally renowned Senior Research Scholar emeritus at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston, Massachusetts, is well known for American Ancestors and Cousins of The Princess of Wales (1984), Ancestors of American Presidents (1989, 1995), Notable Kin, 2 vols. (1998-99), his Internet column on the NEHGS website, his introduction to C.A. Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700, and his selections and introductions for fifteen volumes of journal articles reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Company. His 1993 compendium, The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants, was an "instant classic," and became the springboard for much further research. He contributed to the last two or more editions of Ancestral Roots, Magna Charta Sureties, and The Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists. In addition, he has helped NEHGS patrons trace their royal descents and "notable kin" since 1974 and has lectured widely on various related topics.
Mr. Roberts' lifetime work, a twenty-three volume manuscript called "The Mowbray Connection," copies of which can be found at NEHGS, the New York Public Library, and the Society of Genealogists in London, is subtitled "An Analysis of the Genealogical Evolution of British, American, and Continental Nobilities, Gentries, and Upper Classes Since the End of the Middle Ages."<
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As a result, this book is only useful to most researchers IF the researcher’s family lines include individuals in the history of someone famous. Finding those individuals in the multiple indices is possible only if you already have at least proposed and fairly complete family lines.
Second, this book gives extremely little birth and death data, no marriage dates, siblings only if they are relevant elsewhere in the book, and an occasional title. Therefore, it is only useful as a reference for the names in a family line that is already fairly well known, or to discover new reference books in the list of sources.
None of these shortcomings are even hinted in the book’s description.