Category Archives: Genealogies of the famous

Are you in the Family of Lancelot “Capability” Brown?

This year is the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot Brown, who went on to create some of the greatest landscaped gardens of England. Continue reading

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Are You in Lord Nelson’s Family Tree?

I have attempted to find as many descendants as possible of Nelson, his parents and grandparents. Continue reading

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Who was Richard III?

Historians and genealogists have been much excited in the last couple of weeks by the confirmation that the skeleton found underneath a car park in Leicester is that of King Richard III. But who was Richard III, why was he under a car park and what can this find tell us about this much maligned king? Continue reading

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Could you be a part of the Bronte Family History?

Could you be part of the Bronte Family History?  The surnames BRONTE or BRUNTY, MCCLORY, BRANWELL, and CARNE, may all have links to the Bronte family of Yorkshire, particularly if you can trace ancestry back to Ireland or Cornwall. The … Continue reading

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Are You in the Florence Nightingale Family Tree?

The heroine of the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale never married, and had no children. However, the Nightingale family has links with several illustrious families which are fairly well documented, so if you have any of the following surnames, it should be fairly easy to find out whether you are connected with The Lady with the Lamp. Continue reading

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Family History

Next in my series of “Genealogies of the Famous” is Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  In 2002 a British poll put him as the 2nd greatest Briton (the first was Winston Churchill).  It is not that surprising, as his achievements as a … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens’ Genealogy: Are You Connected?

Much of Charles Dickens’ genealogy is fairly well documented, but I’ve also investigated a few of the ‘side lines’ in case you find a link to your own tree. Continue reading

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Do You Have Shakespeare Genealogy?

It is a sad fact that there are no direct living descendants of the great bard, William Shakespeare.  The direct line ended with his grandchildren, but of course there is always the possibility that anyone with the surname SHAKESPEARE (with … Continue reading

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