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Gateway ancestor is a term used in genealogy.
It means that when researching a family tree you discover that one of your ancestors is descended from royalty, the aristocracy, or landed gentry.
Fortunately this part of the family tree will have been previously investigated and well documented, not only saving you tremendous time and expense, but will lead you into a world of inter-connected royal families and land-owning aristocracy. Quite something to include in your family tree.
But don't think it will not happen to you, many well-off families fell on hard times, or had many sons who did not inherited any title or wealth, or even there may be a below-stairs liaison with the chamber-maid resulting in an illegitimate child.
A good example of this is the actor Danny Dyer who was born in London's east end to working class parents. His acting roles include the pub owner in BBC's East Enders. He was astonished to discover through a gateway ancestor that he was related to two kings of England: William the Conqueror and Edward III (research on the television's Who Do You Think You Are).
So get researching your family tree, you never know what you may find.
Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.
Find your ancestors in the newspapers.
Try our example search to discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.
Also look at other newspaper archives and learn how they can help you research your ancestors. >>more
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