Boyer, Carl, III. Medieval English Ancestors of Certain Americans.

Santa Clarita, CA: Carl Boyer 3rd, 2001. 327p., hardcover. Index. $35.00 + $3.35 s/h. ISBN 0-936124-21-0. (PO Box 220333, Santa Clarita, CA 91322)

Boyer published the 3d edition of Ancestral Lines in 1981, and this volume, concentrating on medieval lineages of broad interest, is a further addition to that. He notes that publishing anything on medieval genealogy is perilous because errors are unavoidable, even among the experts.

Nor is he obsessed with discovering royal or peerage descents, especially since many of the best surviving records on those lines exist because their subjects were tried for treason, exiled for rebellion against the Crown, or remembered for other unsavory acts. Coverage is straightforward: More than 160 ancestors before 1300, nearly all of them in Great Britain, who number colonial Americans with known royal ancestry among their descendants. These descents are developed in all possible lines, but only for a handful of generations in most cases. Source citations are extensive, as is the bibliography, and there are separate indexes for personal names and place-names. Finally, the author comments that “this volume is going to press not because it is finished, but because it has reached the point where it needs to generate feedback from the genealogical community” — an excellent attitude.

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