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    NEHGS Reveals American Kinships of the Royal Family

    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s American connections include 26 American presidents and 7 first ladies

    Boston, MA – June 24, 2013 – Researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston today announced that the royal child expected by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is related to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, both Roosevelt and Bush presidents, and President Barack Obama, among many others. The royal baby is also a cousin of the wives of seven presidents, including Nancy Reagan. Other notable American kin include the actors Kevin Bacon and Humphrey Bogart; television anchorman Anderson Cooper; explorer Meriwether Lewis; poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; and celebrity chef Julia Child.

    More than any other potential British monarch, the House of Windsor’s newest member will have relatives in every walk of British life, from the Prince and late Princess of Wales’s royal and noble kin through the upper middle class and working class families of the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are themselves fifteenth cousins through Sir Thomas Fairfax, who died during the reign of Henry VIII. A branch of this family moved to Virginia in the mid-seventeenth century, and many Americans are descended from the Fairfaxes.

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    Founded in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society is the country's leading resource for family history research. We help family historians expand their knowledge, skill, and understanding of their family and its place in history. The NEHGS research center, located at 99 Newbury Street, Boston, houses millions of books, journals, manuscripts, photographs, microfilms, documents, records, and other artifacts that date back more than four centuries. NEHGS staff includes some of the leading expert genealogists in the country, specializing in early American, Irish, English, Italian, Scottish, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, and Jewish genealogy. NEHGS’ award-winning Website,, offers access to a growing collection of regional and national content and resources, including more than 135 million searchable names.

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