Of Royal de­scent? I don’t think so!

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The let­ter on Richard III in your March is­sue re­minded me of when my son an­nounced that he was de­scended from Ed­ward III.

I checked the on­line fam­ily tree that he was look­ing at and im­me­di­ately spot­ted an er­ror which means he isn’t – at least not from that ev­i­dence.

It as­sumed El­iz­a­beth Mary Martha Hild­yard (par­ents Christo­pher and Martha) was the same per­son as ‘our’ El­iz­a­beth Hild­yard (par­ents Wal­ter and Dorothy) bap­tised El­iz­a­beth Hild­yard on 15 March 1795, at St Maryle­bone, who mar­ried Henry Todd at St Pan­cras on 25 July 1816, again as just El­iz­a­beth.

The er­ror is re­peated on a tree on MyHer­itage. I can see no way of con­tact­ing them to point this out. Fam­ily trees on Ances­try also con­fuse the two El­iz­a­beths. A friend sub­scribes and has sent mes­sages but had no re­sponse. It re­minds me how im­por­tant it is not to ac­cept ge­nealog­i­cal in­for­ma­tion with­out check­ing. Mar­i­lyn Hild­yard-Todd, by email

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