Genealogy Research Pedigrees
- Where someone has researched the family tree of a surname and has published it. There were lots of them done in the late 1800s. Good stuff, although be a little wary of accepting them without proving it for yourself with reference to actual records, as some of the Victorian pedigree researchers were sometimes a little over zealous in “proving” links to important people.
- The well-known ones are the Burke’s Peerages, although there were many others.
- Usually carried out in the 1500s and 1600s – essentially to prove the right to coats of arms. Excellent, and often extremely useful, in that they go way back into ancestors in Norman times in the 1100s and 1200s.
Pedigrees, Peerages and Visitations are all available from the Parish Chest – the biggest online family history shop.