Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700. 8th Edition. Frederick Lewis Weis. Edited with Additions and Corrections by William R. Beall and Kaleen E. Beall. Paperback, (2004), repr. 2010, Index, 380 pp.
This is the eighth edition of the classic work on the royal ancestry
of certain colonists who came to America before the year 1700, and it is the
first new edition to appear since 1992, reflecting the change in editorship from
the late Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. to his appointed successors William and Kaleen
Like the previous editions, it embodies the very latest research in the
highly specialized field of royal genealogy. As a result, out of a total of 398
ancestral lines, 91 have been extensively revised and 60 have been added, while
almost all lines have had at least some minor corrections, amounting altogether
to a 30 percent increase in text. Previous discoveries have now been integrated
into the text and recently discovered errors have been corrected. And for the
first time, thanks to the efforts of the new editors, this edition contains an
every-name index, replacing the cumbersome indexes of the past.
In addition to Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, and Robert
the Strong, descents in this work are traced from the following ancestral lines:
Saxon and English monarchs, Gallic monarchs, early kings of Scotland and
Ireland, kings and princes of Wales, Gallo-Romans and Alsatians, Norman and
French barons, the Riparian branch of the Merovingian House, Merovingian kings
of France, Isabel de Vermandois, and William de Warenne.
"The appearance of new editions of Ancestral Roots and Magna Charta
Sureties every few years is a strong indication of the demand for a definitive
work on the pre- American ancestry of colonists with one or more lines of royal
descent."-New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol. 124,
no. 2, 1993