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Kate and WilliamWhen the engagement of William, Prince of Wales to Miss Kate Middleton was announced, it was inevitable that genealogists should get to work. Is there a connection, we want to know.

Someone who had already done his homework was the genealogist William A. Reitwiesner.

Sadly, William A. Reitwiesner, died on Friday 12 November 2010, only 56 years old. His works included The American ancestors and relatives of Lady Diana Frances Spencer (1981), Matrilineal descents of the European royalty (first published in 1990), Matrilineal ancestry of the matrilineal descents (1993) and The Lesbian ancestors of Prince Rainier of Monaco, Dr. Otto von Habsburg, Brooke Shields, and the Marquis de Sade (1995).

He specialized on royal genealogy, but also worked on the ancestry of US presidents and other US American politicians, as shown at his website I will always treasure all his contributions at the newsgroup, the information he helped me with on many occasions as well his great sense of humour.

And, of course, he had discovered that Catherine Elizabeth ("Kate") Middleton is descended from John Douglas, b. ca. 1700, d. Kirby, in Cleveland, Yorkshire, 5 May 1772.

Now, we must seek out this John Douglas.

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Comment by William Douglas on April 29, 2011 at 9:08

The Yorkshire Post has also published some of Catherine's genealogy.

Comment by William Douglas on November 17, 2010 at 17:21
Here is the descendency:

1 Catherine Elizabeth ("Kate") Middleton, b. Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, 9 Jan. 1982
She is the daughter of:
2 Michael Francis Middleton, b. Chapel Allerton Nursing Home, Leeds, Yorkshire, 23 June 1949, in 1980 and 1982 an air line officer, in 2006 director of Party Pieces, a mail-order children's party toys business
m. Parish Church, Dorney, Buckinghamshire, 21 June 1980
3 Carole Elizabeth Goldsmith, b. Perivale Maternity Hospital, Perivale, Middlesex, 31 Jan. 1955, in 1980 a stewardess
The daughter of:
4 Ronald John James Goldsmith, b. 57 Clarence Street, Norwood U.D., Hayes, Middlesex, 25 April 1931, in 1953 an engineer, in 1955 a lorry driver (road haulage), in 1980 a builder, d. Brook Cottage, 14 High Street, Pangbourne, Berkshire, 10 Sept. 2003
m. Holy Trinity, Southall, Middlesex, 8 Aug. 1953
5 Dorothy Harrison, b. 4 Mowbray Terrace, Sunderland East, Sunderland, co. Durham, 26 June 1935, in 1953 a shop assistant, d. Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, 21 July 2006
The daughter of:
6 Thomas Harrison, b. 22 Nicholas Street, Downs, Hetton Le Hole, co. Durham, 23 June 1904, in 1934 a carpenter, in 1935 a house joiner, in 1953 a carpenter, d. ...
m. Parish Church, Ludhoe, co. Durham, 12 May 1934
7 Elizabeth Mary Temple, b. 40 Salvin Street, Mount Pleasant, Tudhoe, Spennymore UD, 20 May 1903, d. ...
The daughter of:
8 Thomas Temple, b. Guisborough, Yorkshire, 23 May 1871 (also named "Tom"), in 1891 an ironstone miner, in 1894 a steelworker, in 1901 and 1903 a farm hind, in 1934 a gardener, d. ...
m. Parish Church, Tudhoe, co. Durham, 8 Sept. 1894
9 Elizabeth Myers, b. Hulam Sheraton, Easington, co. Durham, 29 Jan. 1868, d. ...
The daughter of:
10 Joseph Myers, b. Holme, Yorkshire, ... [ca. 1831], in 1850 a labourer, in 1851 an agricultural labourer, in 1868 a hind, in 1871 1881 and 1891 an agricultural labourer, in 1894 and 1901 a farm labourer, d. ...
m. Leake, Yorkshire, 21 Dec. 1850
11 Ann Swailes, b. Osmotherly, Yorkshire, 19 Dec. 1826 [PRF AFN: 1R96-M38], in 1851 a nurse, d. ... [by 1901]
The daughter of:
12 Robert Swales, b. Appleton Wirke, Yorkshire, ... [ca. 1795], in 1850 a labourer, in 1851 1861 and 1871 an agricultural labourer, d. ...
m. ... [ca. 1826]
13 Sarah Peacock, b. Great Smeaton, Yorkshire, 25 Aug. 1799, d. ... [living 1871]
The daughter of:
14 Thomas Peacock, b. ... 1760, d. Hawnby, Yorkshire, 28 March 1822
m. Hawnby, Yorkshire, 25 Jan. 1786
15 Ann Atkinson, b. Bilsdale, Yorkshire, 28 Sept. 1766 d. .
The daughter of:
16 William Atkinson, b. ... [ca. 1727], d. Hawnby, Yorkshire, 16 Feb. 1809
m. Kirby, in Cleveland, Yorkshire, 2 June 1760
17 Elizabeth Douglas, b. Hawnby, Yorkshire, 17 Nov. 1734, d. Hawnby, Yorkshire, 13 March 1819
The daughter of:
18 John Douglas, b. ... [ca. 1700], d. Kirby, in Cleveland, Yorkshire, 5 May 1772
19 Ann Proud, b. Kirby, in Cleveland, Yorkshire, 15 March 1698, d. Kirby, in Cleveland, Yorkshire, 26 Nov. 1754
The daughter of:
20 Thomas Proud, b. ... , d. Kirby, in Cleveland, Yorkshire, 6 Aug. 1705
m. ... [ca. 1685]
21 Elizabeth Dunn, b. ... [ca. 1660], d. Yarm, Yorkshire, ... Oct. 1719
Son of:
22 Thomas Proud, b. ... , d. ...
23 Mary ... , b. ... , d. ... Dec. 1694

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The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

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