Saturday, May 6, 2017

{117} Extended Hiatus

My attentions are going to be focused elsewhere than genealogy for awhile. Well, at least offline - I will continue to expand my database of Edward I descendants. The posts will remain up, and I'm happy to answer any questions which arise from them.

Though I won't be posting the results of my own research (which will give me more time to focus on it), I will happily collaborate with anyone who wishes to share a line of descent from Edward I which they've researched. Look through the blog archives, and if you are interested in exploring lines of descent in the style of this blog, please contact me.

I've received some interest in sharing the royal descents of notable people. I'm happy to post a line to a notable person so long as the person is deceased. If the individual is living, such as a celebrity, I think the best vehicle to highlight that in the media is television's Who Do You Think You Are, in its various incarnations. It's an excellent series, and if I have time, I'll continue to post about the episodes which feature royal descent.

I'm approaching my project in a different way - I'm starting from the past and working down. This has led me to living individuals, some even notable with Wikipedia entries. It is easy to make the ethical error that the person's ancestry is also part of the public forum, and I'm afraid I've been guilty of that. Though I haven't received any request to do so, I've deleted a blogpost which fell into this category, and am happy to delete (or edit down to an agreed generation) any others which remain in the archive.

For those who have contacted me delighted to find their ancestors among the posts, thank you very much. Now, back to the database.

Cheers,                    ------Brad


  1. Like you, I love researching medieval genealogy, probably as a result of an accidental, and utterly unexpected find of a gateway ancestor, that descended, ironically, to South Wales coal miners! (result of an 18th century marriage between a respectable Staffordshire girl and a Welsh redcoat!).
    I am currently intrigued by a line of descendants of Edward I, through the le Despensers, essentially what became of the children & Grandchildren of the notorious Hugh le Despenser the Younger, who was descended from Edward I through his mother, I believe.
    Is this a line you have examined?
    Thanks for your time,

    1. Dear Susan,

      Medieval genealogy is wonderful, and I personally love the whole medieval era. But my research focus this past year has been building up my Royal Descent database, and I find myself immersed in 18th, 19th & 20th century lines.

      I have looked into the children and grandchildren of Hugh Despenser the Younger. He himself was not descended from Edward I - it was his wife Eleanor de Clare who was a granddaughter of that monarch.

      Back in 2003, I made a post to the SocGenMed newsgroup (which I encourage you to explore and participate in, if you haven't already - it's a wonderful forum for medieval genealogy enthusiasts) on the Despenser line from Hugh the Younger and Eleanor de Clare:

      I hope it will be of use to you. Thanks & Cheers.

  2. Hi Brad,

    What is the latest on how things are going? Any news on when there might be more information put up on your website?

  3. Hi Brad,

    Sorry to hear about your hiatus. I'm hoping you could answer one medieval marriage question for me. In a genealogy forum you once stated, “There are several examples of medieval ladies not marrying until they were in their thirties.” Can you provide any factual examples of this happening any time during the medieval period (@ A.D. 500 – 1500), excluding widows and divorcĂ©es?


  4. Hello Brad,

    Can you help me out with the above question?