When 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 Wargs.com
. I will always treasure all his contributions at the newsgroup alt.talk.royalty
, 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.