Analysis of the nation's ancestry reveals Kate and William are not the
only royals to get married this year - 9,000+ royal wedding will occur
in Canada this year
Ancestry.ca offers free access to Canadian marriage collections
TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - With the royal wedding a mere two weeks away
and counting, Ancestry.ca, Canada's leading family history websitei, is offering free access to its complete collection of Canadian
marriage records. For fans of all things royal wedding related,
Ancestry.ca has also uncovered a Canadian connection to the family of
Catherine Elizabeth Middleton.
Historical records reveal that Miss Middleton's Grandfather, Peter
Middleton, spent some of his formative years in Calgary, where he was
stationed during the Second World War while training with the Royal Air
Force at #37 SFTS (Service Flying Training School). He was first posted
to Canada as a flying instructor and it would be more than two years
before he finally saw military action, joining 605 Squadron at Manston,
Kent, in August 1944.
Peter also visited Canada when he was 17-years-old, arriving with a
group of fellow students for a "School Empire Tour Party" in August
1939. Peter is found on a passenger list arriving in Quebec from
Liverpool on August 11, 1939 on the SS Andania. Coincidentally, it was
Peter Middleton's death in November 2010 that delayed the announcement
of Miss Middleton and Prince William's engagement.
Royal Weddings Galore...
If this isn't enough to get Canadians excited about the royal wedding,
recent Ancestry.ca data suggests that this year in Canada, more than nine thousand 'royal' weddings will take place, in which either the bride or groom (or both) can claim
ties to some form of royalty in their family tree.ii These findings from the family history website were gathered by
comparing current marriage rates for Canada with the proportion of the
population that can claim royal ancestry (10 per cent).
Canadians looking to see if they have ancestral ties to royalty can
visit www.ancestry.ca/royal to check out the complete collection of royal family history records. The Royal Collection details half a million people born into or descended from royalty, the peerage, nobility and the
landed gentry and highlights royal and noble family trees, coats of
arms and family crests, lineage, titles and more.
To help Canadians discover their royal links, Ancestry.ca has compiled a
list of tips for discovering the royal blood in one's family history.
Explore surnames: cross-reference surnames in your family tree with those found in The Royal Collections on Ancestry.ca. Look for names like Windsor, Stuart, Plantagenet.
Seek out wealth: look for evidence of wealthy ancestors through domestic staff
listings on census records, property and businesses documented in wills
and probate records and ancestors who were extensive travellers listed
in immigration records travelling in First Class.
Look for titles: titles like "Sir" "Count" "Duke" etc mean your ancestors had some
connection to royalty, familial or otherwise. If any of your ancestors
had titles, explore the age and origins of those titles.
Look for places: for surnames in your family tree that are also the name of a place -
for example a town or parish - do further research to establish any
connection between that ancestor and significant ownership in that
Find the Normans: investigate whether any of the surnames in your family tree has Norman
origins and if so, research that particular branch of the family as far
back as you can as many early Normans had direct royal connections.
Lesley Anderson, Ancestry.ca family historian, comments: "I would encourage every Canadian to begin researching their family tree
if they haven't done so already. With the Royal Wedding coming up, it's
a great time to try to discover if you have a royal tie and there may
be many Canadians out there now who have connections with the royal
family without even knowing it."
Free Access to Canadian marriage Records
To celebrate the royal wedding, Ancestry.ca is offering free access to the complete collection of Canadian marriage
records, from April 20 until May 1.
These collections, available at www.ancestry.ca/marriage, contain more than 8 million records and more than 4 million original
images from marriages across Canada, dating as far back as 1621.
Marriage records contain information about both spouses and help
Canadians discover not only the details around a major milestone in the
lives of their ancestors, but can also provide information on the
newlyweds' parents; allowing family history fanatics to take their
research back another generation.
To discover their royal connections, Canadians can visit Ancestry.ca for
a 14-day free trial.
Canada's leading family history website, Ancestry.ca has 128 million
Canadian records in such collections as the complete Historical
Canadian Censuses from 1851 to 1916, Ontario and British Columbia vital
records from as early as 1813, Quebec Vital Records (The Drouin
Collection), Canadian Passenger Lists and U.S. / Canada Border
Ancestry.ca was launched in January 2006 and belongs to the global
network of Ancestry websites (wholly owned by Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), which contains six
billion records. To date more than 20 million family trees have been
created and 2 billion names and 50 million photographs and stories
uploaded. (Figures current as of 5 March 2011)
i comScore, 2010, based on genealogy related websites selected from the
Family and Parenting sub-category under the Community category
ii There are approximately 146,242 marriages in Canada each year. (Source:
Statistics Canada, Canadian Vital Statistics, Marriage Database. 2004
Census. 42% of Canadians have looked into their family history. 10% of
Canadians who have researched or started researching their family tree
have found royalty or links to royalty. (Source: Zoomerang Canadian
national online survey, conducted between May 6, 2010 and May 10, 2010,
1037 total respondents.)
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