I would like to thank all those who have contacted me with updates and corrections. It is great to hear from those who have ancestors on the database and can contribute the missing members of their family. The receipt of this sort of email is becoming ever more frequent. As I often say, it is difficult but not impossible to trace a line down through a 1,000 years of history – the hardest part is always the last 50 years! Your kind words are much appreciated.
There are, however, four individuals who I must single out as being particularly helpful.
They are a follows:-
Mary Brewer of New Mexico U.S.A.
Mary was the first to come to my assistance and started updating my original database of “The Royal and Noble Families of Britain” several years ago. She has been a constant and much valued source of information on the American descendants of William the Conqueror.
Barry Noonan of Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Barry and I started to chat to each other at the beginning of 2006 when I discovered he had a database of his own on Ancestry.com. He has for many years been indexing the B., M. and D’s from The London Times newspaper. His assistance in auditing my work for more recent twigs on the greater tree is much appreciated.
Isabelle is the most recent addition to the list of helpers. William the Conqueror, although he was King of England, was, first and foremost, a Norman, and Henry II Plantagenet, a Frenchman. It is therefore not surprising to find that the majority of the great man’s descendants can be found not in England, U.S.A., Australia and Canada, but in France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, and so on. Isabelle appears to have an inside track on the modern additions to much of European nobility for which I am most grateful.
Graham has just joined the "team" of helpers. He has provided a number of updates over the last couple of weeks - the first, I hope, of others to come in the future. Welcome!
This is a project that can never be completed. It can only be handed on to the next generation – but not yet!!!
Thank you to you all.