St John's Top 5: Family trees 1500-1832

More and more people are enjoying the addictive pleasure of tracking down their family history. The research can be fascinating, taking you from interviews with relatives to a search on the internet, through to local archives, or even graveyards. In the past, however, family history and family trees were used to prove all-important family connections; rights to property and in some case privilege. 

Pedigree of Nicholas Hart and Ellen Beresford (1511)

Middle section of the Braybrooke family tree (1500)

Bottom section of the Braybrooke family tree (1530)

Pedigree of Timothy Bedell, wheelwright; his wife Mary Cook, and their descendants (1745)

Royal Pedigree of A.L. McLeod, to entitle him to an honorary degree (1823)