Although nobility means diddly in today's society, ones descent from nobility or royalty is in a historical sense interesting, if not also entertaining, to discover and learn about. Although individuals in film, music, politics or of monetary wealthy like to think they are of a royal status and better than the rest of the planet, they only really just fool themselves; those who purposely seek fame and fortune are the ones least deserving of it. The rest of us know that in each home lives its own king and queen or lord and lady....at least for those who conduct themselves in a manner befitting any such due respect.
The ancestors from this page contributed to my maternal, Appalachian lineage.
Give Your Pedigree the Royal Treatment: Researching Noble Lines (Article)
Comments on Royal Descent (Article)
"An event of no small importance in American history-- the founders of Massachusetts, unlike the rulers of other European colonies, deliberately excluded an aristocracy from their ranking system. " ~ Albion's Seed p.178
.... Or did they? Carl Bridenbaugh's study of colonial cities, Cities in the Wilderness, reveals a clear-cut class system where the leaders were gentlemen of considerable wealth who eagerly sought to preserve in America the social arrangements of the Mother Country, laid the foundation for an aristocratic class in seventeenth century Boston. ~ A People's History of the United States p. 47-48
17th - 4th Century Summary
Some parts of this side of the family I have traced from the U.S. over to England, there connecting to royalty and tracing farther back over to Continental Europe to Normandy. Tribes or dynasties that I have discovered in my tree linking to in this part of history contain Saxons, of France the Franks, Merovingian Dynasty, Carolingian Dynasty & Arnulfings/Pippinids, Normans (descendants of the Franks), Norway (Fairhair Dynasty), Scotland (House of Alpin and Dunkeld), and Denmark (House of Olaf & of Harthacnut), the Capetian Dynasty, Plantagenets , Ottonian & the famous Yngling Dynasty. My furthest traced ancestor is Marcomer Duke of the East Franks in the 4th century.
The lines of royalty that my family linked into to make all the above possible was the GILPIN (de Gylpyn) LANCASTER lines on my EPPS grandfathers' side, and the PARKER and BULLER lines on my CARPENTER grandmothers' side. I found that both of these lines meet at William the Conqueror of Normandy. Many people descend from some sort of royalty but not everyone is able to get past the first few hundred years in order to make that special connection and see which royalty they descend from. This makes up a large amount of my genealogical work; I have re-traced these lines several times for additional sources and accuracy. Are you going to be able to verify every single link this far back with exact documents, no. (see below)
Information found in genealogical work is not 100% accurate. Reliable sources must always be recorded and sources re-checked. My method for going back hundreds of years is by obtaining all documentation for all sources possible for recent generations and noting published genealogy history books the individuals are mentioned in, such as the Peerage. Then if you are able to find where your line ties into a line of royalty it is easy to then follow what has been recorded for the lineages online & in books, just keep following till they end. You must take note however to where actual history ends and mythology begins. Genealogy without documentation is mythology. Royal lines almost always continue on back until they connect with mythological figures, so for example, if your ancestors were European and you trace back to Karl der Große (Charlemagne) it will continue back to the early Germanic tribes, in this case that will end with the Norse gods. Take all with a boulder of salt and a chuckle.
Also, please remember that information acquired is always subject to history's recordings. Many times, lines or individuals were recorded incorrectly. There are also ties made between people and particular clans for POLITICAL reasons, rather than necessarily because "it really happened." There may be no blood relationship at all, but it sounded good in the genealogies, and justified whatever cause the person who created it is trying to further, no one will ever know. History's winners usually did the recording, and since no one can actually communicate with the deceased reconstructing history is actually considered a work of fiction. Nevertheless, it's still fun to work on anyway; just approach with an open mind that everything is NOT carved in stone.
"History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte