can indeed show that we are descended from the crowned heads of Europe,
from Charlemagne, William the Conqueror and the Saxon Kings of England.
Here's how I do it.
Shepherd, that is Frances Shaughnessy (1904-1992), was my mother (and
the grandmother of many). She once told me "You know, we are related
to Aaron Burr, but I'm not sure how." Another time she told me that
her great grandfather was Moses Shepherd, and that he was born in 1797.
With only that information, I went to Ancestorsearch.org and, sure enough,
I found Moses Shepherd, the son of Chloe Burr and Daniel Shepherd! About Daniel Shepherd I could find nothing, but through Chloe Burr I was able to trace back many
lines of ancestors. The lines kept fading out, but by dint of following
every single ancestral line, I eventually found one that I highlighted
in red, for it stretched back to the Normans, to Charlemagne and earlier,
to Vikings. And here's the proof! I do this in the biblical way.
Clifford William (Cliff) Shepherd (1869-1938) of Crawford
Co., Illinois was my grandfather, Francess father. His father was
Mathias Croy Shepherd (1827-1878) from Clinton, Ohio. His father was Moses
Shepherd (b. 1797 in Madison, Ky., d. 1886 in Nemaha, Ks.). He was the
son of Chloe Burr of Fairfield, Ct. (b. 1762). She was a cousin of Aaron
Burr on her fathers side. But it was her mother, Sarah Griffin,
whose family line went back to the Normans.
Sarah Griffin was the daughter of Sarah Nash (b.1712), who was the daughter
of Sarah Whelpley (b.1676), who was the daughter of Rebecca Bulkeley (b.1652),
who was the daughter of Thomas Bulkeley (b.1617), who was the son of Peter
Bulkley (Bulkeley) of Odell, Bedford, England (b.1582).
Shropshire, England was the home of ancestors for several centuries. Peter
Bulkley was the son of Edward Bulkeley (b.1540) of Woore, Shropshire;
who was the son of Elizabeth Grosvener of Bellaport, Shrops (1515-1520);
who was the daughter of Anne Charlton of Apley, Shrops (b.1482); who was
the daughter of Richard Charlton of Apley (b.1450); who was the son of
Robert Charlton of Apley, Shropshire (b.1430); who was the son of Thomas
Knightley Charlton of Apley Castle, Shropshire (b.30 May, 1394); who was
the son of Anna Charlton of Apley Castle, Shropshire (b.1380); who was
the daughter of Thomas Charlton of Apley Castle, Shropshire (b.1345);
who was the son of Alan Charlton of Apley, Shropshire (b.1319).
Alan Charlton was the son of Alan Charlton of Apley (b.1286) and Elena
La Zouche of Ashby, Leicestershire (b.1288); who was the daughter of Alan
La Zouche of Ashby, Leicestershire (b.1267); who was the son of Roger
La Zouche of Ashby, Leicestershire (b.1242); who was the son of Alan II,
De La Zouche of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire (c.1203) and Helen (Ellen)
De Quincy of Winchester, Hampshire (c.1222). Her father was Roger De Quincy
of Winchester, Hamps (c. 1174) and his line goes back to Charlemagne.
Her mother Helen of Galloway (c. 1208, Carrick, Ayrshire, Scotland) was
descended from William the Conqueror..
Roger DeQuincy was the son of Saher IV, De Quincy of Winchester (b.1155,
died 3 Nov 1219 on the way to the Holy Land). He was the son of Robert
De Quincy of Long Buckby, Northamptonshire (c. 1127); who was the son
of Maud Saint Liz of Tunbridge, Kent (c 1096), who was the daughter of
Matilda (Maud Huntington) of Huntingdonshire (c. 1072).
Maud Huntingdon is a key figure in this ancestry. She was born in Huntington
and married a Norman, Simon De Saint Liz or Senlis of Normandy, France
(c. 1046). (Her second husband was David I of Scotland, who ruled from
1124-1153). Through her French mother, Judith of Bologne (b. 1054/55 we
trace the line back to Charlemagne. Through her father, Waltheof, Earl
of Northumberland (c. 1046), we trace the line back to the Judith of Bologne
(b 1054/1055 in Lens, Artois, France), who was (this is controversial)
the daughter of Adeliza (Adelaide) of Normandy (1030-1081) and Lambert
de Boulogne, Flandres (c. 1020). He was the son of Eustache I count of
Boulogne and Mahaut of Louvain of Louvain (995?). She was the daughter
of Lambert II, Count of Louvain (950-1015) and Gerberge de Lorraine of
Lower Lorraine, France (975-1008), who was the daughter of Charles, Dauphin
of France (c. 953-992/994). He was the son of Louis IV Outre-mer
(Transmarinus) King of France, (10 Sep 921, Laon, Champagne,
who died 10 Sep 954,and was buried in the Abbaye de St. Rhemy, Reims,
Louis IV of France on his fathers side was descended from Charlemagne.
He was the son of Charles III The Simple King of France (b.17
Sep 879), who was the son of Louis II The Stammerer King of
France (b.1 Nov 843); who was the son of Charles II The Bald
Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (b. 13 June 823, Frankfurt, Hessen-Nassau,
Prussia). He was the son of Louis I the Pious, Emperor of
the Holy Roman Empire (b. Aug 778 in Casseneuil, France); who was the
son of Charlemagne Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, born 2 Apr 742 in
Aix la Chapelle. He was the son of Pepin the Short King of
France (b.714), who was the son of Charles Martel Mayor of
the Palace of Austrasia (b.676), son of Pepin Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia
(b.645) of Heristal, Austrasia.
Louis IV of Frances mother was Ogive, or Eadgifu of Wessex (born
c. 904). Her ancestors were West Saxon kings. Her father was Edward I,
King of England (born c. 871), whose father was Alfred the Great, King
of England (born c.848). His father was Ethelwulf, King of Wessex (born
c. 806); and his father was Egbert, King of Wessex
And there you have it!