The key to ancestry or genealogy research is always finding the ancestral link. Not always an easy task. Today the internet and the huge amount of worldwide digital data storage has made it a family researchers goldmine.
It can still have its difficulties, but it certainly beats the old days of long and repeated visits to Libraries and Archive offices, obtaining reader cards and writing page after page of detail. I remember when my mother was researching her family history in the late 1980s. We would have to make long visits to records offices, scrolling through kilometers of microfilm and microfiche and pay out sums of money for basic birth, death and marriage records and wait for the mailman to deliver. Just imagine today, trawling through phone books and making random calls to strangers on the off chance it could be a distant relation on the other end of the phone. Even more time consuming, was having to hand write correspondence and go to a post office and pay for a postage stamp to send a letter to a possible distant relative and wait a few days or even weeks in hope of a positive reply or even a helpful snippet of information. And access to overseas records, how did you do that? and how do you start ? family research back then was even geographically challenged. This all just sounds like ridiculously hard work to anyone today especially anyone under the age of 30…………………… Today, we just…. “Google it”.
I recently visited my mother and we poured over her archives of family research and I was reminded of the vast amount of hard work that she had invested, it was very impressive and highly professional and of course as she showed me, still a work in progress. But having done only a small amount of research the old way by comparison to my mother, it has given me a great appreciation for the patience and perseverance needed for this type of study or research. Whatever method used it can be very rewarding and satisfying when a part of ones self or family is found, even the smallest detail can be a significant find, a vital link to the past, much like finding the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle.
Most people would be surprised to learn that many middle class English and those of English parentage, more than likely have some ancestral link to nobility. For example today there are known to be over 150,000 legitimate descendants of King Edward lll. Genealogists consider Edward lll a major gateway ancestor, and a bit like Grand Central Station, get to him and you will be on the main lines to most of the royalty of the Middle Ages.
Gateway Ancestors Found
The Booths also fall into this category of what is called “Ancestry Grand Central Station”, when they marry 3 particular ladies of nobility – all three Gateway Ancestors having distinct lines leading to nobility and royalty of the Middle Ages , throughout what we know today as England, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Spain.
Bloodlines – Bilateral and Cognatic Descent
(Carolyn Booths 17th Great Grandmother)
The First royal bloodline in the Booth family tree appears with the birth of Sir Robert Booth (B. 1390) , he is the son of Sir John Booth and Lady Joanna Trafford whose family name is more famous today for its connection to Manchester United famous home turf of the Old Trafford stadium.
Lady Joanna Trafford was from the very ancient and distinguished De Trafford family who 4 generations earlier had married into the English royal Family . Sir Henry Trafford (b. abt 1355) married Margaret (Margery) Plantagenet , sister of Edward l “Longshanks “ and daughter of King Henry III. descendants of King Charlemagne King of the Franks and 1st Holy Roman Emperor.
(Carolyn Booths 14th Great Grandmother)
The second fortification of the royal bloodline occurs when Sir George Booth of Dunham Massey marries Lady Catherine De Montfort . Lady Catherine is also what is called a Major Gateway Ancestor as her pedigree is a bit like Grand Central Station, as it leads to most of the main ancestral lines of european nobility and royalty and a fascinating path to ancient history.
She has a very distinguished pedigree and is descended from the Plantagenet Kings of England, the Dukes of Normandy, including William the Conqueror, the Counts of Flanders, Capetian and Carolingian Kings and Queens, Scottish Kings and to practically every major nobleman and noblewoman in Europe all the way back to King Charlemagne and even Alfred the Great.
Their son Sir William Booth now has a Bilateral Royal bloodline, and carried an absolutely amazing pedigree.
(Carolyn Booths 12th Great Grandmother)
The next gateway ancestor and the 3rd addition to the royal bloodline is when Sir George Booth (B. 1491) Marries Lady Elizabeth Botelier and their son George Booth is Born 1515.
The Boteler’s (sometimes Botelier or Butler) were a very prominent family of noble Knights dating back 100s of years . Sir John Boteler was the High Sherrif of Warrington dating back to the mid 1300s . They descend from the De Mowbrays, De Braose families, and LLewelyn Prince of Wales who married Joan Plantagenet the daughter of King John “Lackland’ of England – Plantagenet ( not to be confused with Joan Of Acre, King Edwards I daughter)
This marriage fortifies the bloodline (as if it needed it) and just to make sure George Booth (b.1515) marries Elizabeth Trafford and their son William Booth (Carolyn Booths 10th Great Grandfather) is born 1541. ………..Remember nearly 150 years earlier, Sir Robert Booth married Lady Joanna Trafford. ( see above)
So we are now in the middle of the 16th Century and it is about this time The Booth Dynasty is at its peak. The Booths had become the largest land owner in Cheshire and had become one of the most powerful and influential families across the region . Over the centuries they had built a reputation as ancient warrior knights dedicated to service and engineered the right marriages and were now related or connected to all the neighbouring aristocracy and nobility.