The new Second Edition of The Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies, Quebec, or to the United States, by Gary Boyd Roberts, identifies 615 major historical figures who have royal ancestry. Does your family talk about an as yet unproven relationship to the English playwright Noel Coward? If you want to authenticate this connection, RD 900 will show you that Coward is descended from King Robert III of Scotland through the immigrant ancestor James Veatch of Maryland and the Stewarts of Schillinglaw.
Perhaps you have always admired President Theodore Roosevelt. Did you know that his father Theodore married the southern belle Martha Bullock, a descendant of the immigrant ancestor John Irvine of Georgia, a direct descendant of James I of Scotland? If you have Bullock, Irvine, Douglas, Forbes, Ogilvy, Seton, Hepburn, or Stewart forebears, you may be able to establish your own connection to T.R.
To illustrate further your potential connection to a celebrity ancestor, here’s the how Mr. Roberts charts the royal descendancy, through marriage to Margaret Tyndal, of Massachusetts Bay colony founder John Winthrop: