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  • William Addams Reitwiesner (1954 - 2010)
    William Addams Reitwiesner (March 8, 1954 – November 12, 2010) was a genealogist who traced the ancestry of United States political figures, European royalty and celebrities. Links Ancestr...
  • 潘光旦 P'an Kuang-tan (1899 - 1967)
    P'an Kuang-tan, sociologist, essayist, and propagandist for national betterment through eugenics. He was noted for his studies of family and clan genealogies. a biography in China Heritage Quarterly
  • Stephen Whitney Phoenix (1839 - 1881)
    Links Find A Grave
  • Carlos Grandmasson Rheingantz (1915 - 1988)
    Carlos Grandmasson Rheingantz (Petrópolis, 13 de fevereiro de 1915 — Petrópolis, 15 de agosto de 1988) foi um importante genealogista brasileiro. Filho de Gustavo Adolfo de S...
  • Capt. Nathan Stout (1748 - 1826)
    DAR Ancestor #: A110736 Captain Nathan Stout wrote and published The Stout Family History at the age of seventy-five finished in 1823 which was first printed in Philadelphia. He closes his book wit...

This project is to assemble prominent genealogists - the scholars who studied the descent of persons or families.

It is organized by area of the world and historical period. Please add your ancestor or role model to the project (must be set to public). Collaborators, feel free to update the overview, particularly in indexing "notables."

Sovereign Dynasties - Western Europe

  • Rev. James Anderson, DD (c.1679/80 – 1739) was a Scottish minister and genealogist, chiefly remembered for his monumental compilation Royal Genealogies (1732). Unknown to many modern genealogists, it is the ultimate source in English for many of the myths that still haunt us.
  • Stewart Baldwin, FASG (1950- ) works with the history and genealogy of royal and noble families. He is the compiler of the Henry Project, the goal of which is to trace the ancestry of king Henry II of England, with good documentation. He is also the compiler of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth Ancestor Table, Kings of the Danes prior to 873, and Kings of the Isle of Man.
  • Charles Cawley is the director of The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, a non-profit organization devoted to medieval genealogy and prosopography. He has compiled Medieval Lands ("MedLands"), an "encyclopaedia of territories in the medieval western world and the royal and noble families which ruled them".
  • Todd Farmerie is co-listowner of GEN-MEDIEVAL on Rootsweb and a contributor to the Henry Project, the goal of which is to trace the ancestry of king Henry II of England, with good documentation.
  • Johann Hübner (1668-1731) was a German minister, geographer, and historian. He is chiefly remembered for Genealogische Tabellen, a compilation of royal genealogies. One modern historian, noting his credulity, has described him as "not very talented, but very widely read". His work is the original source of many modern genealogical myths.
  • Eduard Hlawitschka (1928- ) s a German historian whose focus is in the early and high Middle Ages.
  • Dr. Katharine Keats-Rohan (1957- ) is a history researcher, specializing in prosopography. She has produced seminal work on early European history, is widely regarded as one of the founders of modern prosopographical and network analysis research.
  • Christian Settipani (1961- ) is best known for his work on the genealogy and prosopography of elites in Europe and the Near East. He co-founder and general editor with Katharine S. B. Keats-Rohan of the publication series of the Unit for Prosopographical Research, Linacre College, Oxford University.
  • Nathaniel Taylor, FASG (1965- ) has a Ph.D. in Medieval History. He has taught history and interdisciplinary medieval studies at the university level. He is also a co-editor of The American Genealogist.

Ancient Rome

  • Christian Settipani (1961- ) is best known for his work on the genealogy and prosopography of elites in Europe and the Near East. He co-founder and general editor with Katharine S. B. Keats-Rohan of the publication series of the Unit for Prosopographical Research, Linacre College, Oxford University.
  • Sir Anthony Wagner, KCB, KCVO, D.LItt, MA, FSA (1908 – 1975) was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. He served as Garter Principal King of Arms before retiring to the post of Clarenceux King of Arms. He was one of the most prolific authors on subjects of the heraldry and genealogy of the 20th century.

Western Europe

Barbarian Kingdoms

  • Charles Cawley is the director of The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, a non-profit organization devoted to medieval genealogy and prosopography. He has compiled Medieval Lands ("MedLands"), an "encyclopaedia of territories in the medieval western world and the royal and noble families which ruled them".
  • Eduard Hlawitschka (1928- ) s a German historian whose focus is in the early and high Middle Ages.
  • Sir Anthony Wagner, KCB, KCVO, D.LItt, MA, FSA (1908 – 1975) was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. He served as Garter Principal King of Arms before retiring to the post of Clarenceux King of Arms. He was one of the most prolific authors on subjects of the heraldry and genealogy of the 20th century.

Germany

  • Johann Hübner (1668-1731) was a German minister, geographer, and historian. He is chiefly remembered for Genealogische Tabellen, a compilation of royal genealogies. One modern historian, noting his credulity, has described him as "not very talented, but very widely read". His work is the original source of many modern genealogical myths.

Portugal

  • António Caetano de Sousa
  • António Coelho de Pina
  • António Godinho, escrivão da Câmara de D. João III
  • António Ornelas Mendes
  • Anselmo Braamcamp Freire, autor do livro Brasões da Sala de Sintra
  • Augusto Romano Sanches de Baena, visconde de Sanches de Baena
  • Bernardo Carneiro, genealogista das Terras de Basto
  • Cristóvão Alão de Morais, «Pedatura Lusitana»
  • Eugénio de Castro e Almeida, Poeta, introdutor do Simbolismo em Portugal, e professor universitário.
  • Fernando de Castro da Silva Canedo, «A Descendência Portuguesa de El-Rei D. João II»
  • Felgueiras Gaio Accessible in http://purl.pt/12151/1/
  • Francisco Coelho
  • Francisco Xavier da Serra Craesbeek, autor de «Memórias Ressuscitadas da Província de Entre-o-Douro e Minho no ano de 1726»
  • Francisco Xavier de Moraes Sarmento, escreveu «Famílias transmontanas: descendência de Francisco de Moraes, Palmeirim»
  • Henrique Leite Pereira de Paiva Távora e Cernache
  • Jorge Forjaz, escreveu com José Francisco de Noronha a obra «Os luso-descendentes da Índia portuguesa»
  • José Barbosa Canaes de Figueiredo Castelo Branco, autor de «Árvores de Costados de Famílias Ilustres de Portugal»
  • José de Sousa Machado, «Últimas Gerações de Entre-o-Douro e Minho»
  • José Francisco de Noronha, escreveu com Jorge Forjaz a obra «Os luso-descendentes da Índia portuguesa»
  • José Freire de Monterroio Mascarenhas
  • Inocêncio Francisco da Silva
  • Leonel de Abreu de Vasconcelos Soutomaior, «Siqueiros &Pereiras, Manuscrito Genealógico»
  • Luís da Gama Ribeiro Rangel de Quadros e Maia, nascido em 1691 e falecido em 1762. Escreveu vários volumes de genealogia editados com notas de Francisco Ferreira Neves, em 1957, em separata do Arquivo do Distrito de Aveiro, com o título Genealogias de Famílias Nobres Aveirenses.
  • Luís Peter Clode, escreveu «Registo Genealógico das Famílias que passaram à Madeira», Accessible in http://nesos.madeira-edu.pt/
  • Frei Manuel de Santo António e Silva
  • Manuel de Sousa da Silva, autor do «Nobiliário das Gerações de Entre-o-Douro e Minho»
  • Manuel Severim de Faria
  • D. Pedro, Conde de Barcelos
  • Pedro Homem de Mariz Sarmento, escreveu Famílias Portuguesas, Árvores de Costado, e Título dos Dourados
  • Famílias bracarenses ou memórias genealógicas de algumas famílias de Minho e Trás os Montes - Tomo I Accessible in http://digitarq.dgarq.gov.pt/details?id=4649624
  • Famílias bracarenses ou memórias genealógicas de algumas famílias de Minho e Trás os Montes - Tomo II Accessible in http://digitarq.dgarq.gov.pt/details?id=4649635
  • AUTORES DE TRABALHOS GENEALÓGICOS PORTUGUESES E BRASILEIROS, da autoria de Janes Monteiro, Accessible in http://janesmonteiro.paginas.sapo.pt/obraseautores.html

Low Countries

Descendants of Judean Exilarchs in Narbonne & Languedoc

Southern Europe

China

Australasia

Southeast Asia

Central Asia

Descendants of Judean Exilarchs

Mid East

Descendants of Judean Exilarchs

South Africa

South America

Brasil

Uruguay

Central America

Ancient Maya Civilization

United Kingdom

  • Peter Clement Bartrum (1907- 2008), was a researcher and genealogist who, from the 1930s onwards, specialised in the genealogy of the Welsh nobility of the Middle Ages.
  • William Berry (1774–1851) was an English genealogist.
  • John Burke (1786-1848) was an Irish genealogist, and the original publisher of Burke's Peerage. He was the father of Sir Bernard Burke, a British officer of arms and genealogist.
  • Sir Arthur William Steuart Cochrane, KCVO (872 – 1954) was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London.
  • James Watson Corder (1867–1953) is a historian best remembered for documenting family history in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England. His volumes are today invaluable to people interested in genealogy.
  • Charles Aubrey Hamilton Franklyn M.A. M.D. (25 August 1896 – 26 November 1982 (aged 86)) was a British medical doctor, and scholar of genealogy, heraldry, and academic dress.
  • Michael Gandy A well known personality in the family history community, Michael Gandy is the editor of the Genealogists’ Magazine, the author of many books on the techniques of genealogy, and an accomplished after dinner speaker.
  • Sir John Dunamace Heaton-Armstrong, MVO (1888 – 1967) was a long-serving English officer of arms at the College of Arms in London.
  • Mark D. Herber is a British author of genealogy, London legal history and family history books.
  • Benjamin Incledon (1730-1796), was an English genealogist.
  • Sir Thomas Innes of Learney, GCVO, WS (1893–1971) was the chief heraldic officer of Scotland. He served as Lord Lyon from 1945 to 1969. He is best remembered for Scots Heraldry (1954) and his revision of The Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands (1952).
  • Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk, 11th Baronet, CVO, QC, Ph.D. (1919-1985) was a Scottish genealogist and officer of the Scottish heraldic court. He wrote a number of popular books about heraldry and clans, including The Highland Clans (1967).
  • Charles Gordon Mosley (born 1948) is an author, broadcaster, editor, and publisher, best known for having been Editor-in-Chief of Burke's Peerage & Baronetage (106th edition) and of the re-titled 107th edition, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage.
  • (John) Horace Round (1854–1928) was an historian and genealogist of the English mediaeval period. He translated the Domesday Book for Essex into contemporary English. As an expert in the history of the British peerage, he was appointed honorary historical adviser to the Crown. He is particularly notable for de-bunking many old myths.
  • Henry Reed Stiles (1832 – 1909) was a physician who wrote a number of highly regarded historical records and genealogical books during the late 18th and early 19th century
  • Richard Gordon FitzGerald Uniacke, FRSAI (1867 – 1934) Latin and historical scholar and genealogist
  • Sir Arthur Vicars, KCVO (1862 – 1921) was an English-born genealogist and heraldic expert who spent his adult life in Ireland.
  • Sir Anthony Wagner, KCB, KCVO, D.LItt, MA, FSA (1908 – 1975) was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. He served as Garter Principal King of Arms before retiring to the post of Clarenceux King of Arms. He was one of the most prolific authors on subjects of the heraldry and genealogy of the 20th century.
  • Edward Walford (1823–1897) was a British magazine editor and a compiler of educational, biographical, genealogical and touristic works, perhaps best known for his Old and New London 6 volumes (the first two of which were written by Walter Thornbury), 1878.
  • Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston, KCB, KCVO (1874-1957) was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London.

United States of America

  • Erica Howton is incredible at research - but especially in the Colonial North American period.
  • Randy Stebbing has published data-bases on the genealogy of Mormons, Mormon Pioneers and the LDS church.
  • Geneva Fulton Burton (1920-2008) left 4 file cabinets of records regarding Drollinger, Gee, Fulton, Telford, Cordingley and other family names. All procured by letters with stamps - waiting; trips - walking through cemeteries; taking photos - waiting on developing; Long distance phone calls - paying the bill. A true family genealogist.
  • Marvin Caulk (1952- 2013) was an inspired genealogist who enjoyed military history, especially of the United States. He created several projects to help remember the courage of American heroes. Marvin carried on the work of an uncle.
  • Fay Baldwin is a third generation genealogist. She is "old school" and that's a good thing. She is not too trustful of technology, so when she says it - it's right. Fay is especially versed in the histories and genealogies of New England.