3 June, 2013: As the monarchy celebrates the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen's coronation today, and awaits the birth of a future King or Queen, there's never been a better time to discover your regal roots with leading family history site, findmypast.com.au.
Findmypast.com.au is home to over 1.5 billion records, including a wealth of British collections which could lead you to your royal claim such as Armed Forces and Conflicts; Births, Deaths and Marriages; Census, Land and Surveys; Education and Work Records; Institutions and Organisations and Travel and Migration.
With one in three Australians claiming English descent (source: Census 2011), there is huge potential for royal bloodlines to exist on our shores.
If you think there is a chance you are related to royalty, Vicki Dawson, General Manager of findmypast.com.au offers some handy hints to help you get started, “Begin by talking to other family members, particularly older relatives who can provide family surnames or tales others than those you are aware. These are all leads which can direct you to a potential royal lineage.
“With your initial findings, start looking for royal family surnames. In addition to the well-known Windsor, some other family names which may indicate regal links are Stuart, Stanhope, Bigwood or Stanley. Plus, the addition of commoner Katherine Middleton to the royal family has opened up more opportunities for people to find a link. From her side you can search Middleton, Goldsmith, Harrison, Temple or Webster.
“Even if you don't find a royal bloodline, you might find a connection to the royals via an ancestor who served the monarchy. Try searching for your surname in the Royal Household Staff records spanning 1526-1924 on findmypast.com.au.
“Setting up an account on findmypast.com.au is easy. The website has been designed with simple navigation in mind. To help you get started on your royal search, we offer a 14-day free trial which allows you to get acquainted with the site and the various records. Beyond this point, searching the historical records on the website is free, but to view them or use various features you can either purchase PayAsYouGo credits or a subscription."
General Manager of findmypast.com.au, Vicki Dawson appeared on television program, Sunrise to talk about searching your Royal connections. Watch the video here.