This project contains links to some of the most popular databases and resources for medieval genealogy.
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- Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands (MedLands). Genealogies of European royal and noble families. This is the database preferred by Geni's medieval curators.
- Todd Farmerie and Stewart Baldwin, The Henry Project. Ancestors of Henry II of England.
- Manfred Heibel, Genealogie Mittelalter. Medieval genealogy In the German Reich until the end of the Staufens.
- Manfred Heibel, Dynasties. Medieval German dynasties.
- Miroslav Marek, Genealogy.eu. Genealogies of European royal and noble families.
- Leo van de Pas, Genealogics. Research collection.
- Prof. Herbert Stoyan, Stoyan. Database at the University of Erlangen. An old standby, but has quirky navigation and is often off-line.
- Paul Theroff, Online Gotha. Genealogies of European royal and noble families.
- Paul Theroff, Royal Genealogy. Descendants of Henry VII, Descendants of James I, Matrilineal Descents, etc.
- François Velde, French Royal Genealogy.
- ---, soc.genealogy.medieval. Forum for discussions of medieval genealogy.
- The Avalon Project. Medieval Documents at Yale University.
- Diplomata Karolinorum. Carolingian charters.
- Monumenta Germaniae Historica (dMGH)
- Northvegr. Collection of Norse and Anglo-Saxon sagas and chronicles.
- Sources of the history of Denmark 789-1450. Collection of letters and from the medieval period.
- Saxo Grammaticus. Medieval Danish historian.
- Roskilde Chronicle. Danish medieval history.
- Early Manuscripts at Oxford University. A collection of some of the manusxcripts held in Oxford libraries.
- EuroDocs. European historical documents; this includes transcriptions, fascimiles, and translations.
- European History Primary Sources. Digital sources from the European University Institute.
- British History Online (BHO). Includes the Victoria County Histories.
- Corpus of Electronic Texts (CELT). Irish literary and historic texts.
- Celtic Literature Collective. Many broken links but still a great collection.
- Corpus genealogiarum Hiberniae (CGH).
- David Nash Ford's Early British Kingdoms.
- Early Scottish Charters Prior to A.D. 1153 by Sir Archibald C. Lawrie (1905).
- English Muster Roll Database 1369-1453.
- Germanic Mythology: Texts, Translations, Scholarship.
- Inquisitions Post Mortem at British History Online.
- Internet Sacred Texts Archive, a database of "sacred" and folkloric texts, including saga material.
- The Legend of King Arthur, a database of people named in the Arthurian material.
- A Welsh Classical Dictionary: People in History and Legend up to about A.D. 1000 by Peter C. Bartrum (1993).
- Guide to Online Primary Sources: Medieval. UC San Diego.
- Digital Scriptorium. Image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts. UC Berkeley.
- Medieval source material on the internet, by http://www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk/
- The Labyrinth. Resources for Medieval Studies. University of Georgetown. This includes links for such useful pages as Medieval Calendar Calculator, and Luminarium, the main gateway site for early English literature and scholarship; the Labyrinth is well worth browsing.
- Internet Medieval Sourcebook. Fordham University's collection of medieval primary and secondary sources, including maps.
- TimeLine. The British Library's portal to articles and collection items.
Prosopography is an academic field closely allied to genealogy. It studies the lives of individual people as part of a group by gathering all original source material about their lives. Prosopographical databases are useful to genealogists because they provide precise dates and forms of names.
- People of Medieval Scotland 1093-1314 (PoMS), database of people name in Scotland primary sources
- People of Northern England 1216-1286 (PoNE), database of people named in English primary sources.
- Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE), database of people named in Anglo-Saxon charters and chronicles.
- Prosopograhy of the Byzantine World (PBW), database of people named in Byzantine primary sources.
- Franken, Alemannen, Bayern und Burgunder in Oberitalien, 774-962, by Eduard Hlawitschka (1960)
Academic Papers and Posts
- Addenda to Les Ancêtres de Charlemagne, by Christian Settipani (1990)
- Llywelyn ap Iorwerth ancestor table, by Stewart Baldwin (1998)
- The Kings of the Isle of Man, by Stewart Baldwin (1999)
- Kings of the Danes prior to 887, by Stewart Baldwin (1996)
- Gorm of Denmark and his immediate predecessors, by Stewart Baldwin (2001)
- Early Swedish Kings, by Stewart Baldwin (1999)
- Robert de Torigny and the family of Gunnor, Duchess of Normandy, by Todd A. Farmerie (1996)
- Who were the parents of Gilbert de Gant?, by Raymond W. Phair (1999)
- Genealogy in Medieval Muslim Societies, by Zoltán Szombathy (2002). (Requires JSTOR membership)
- A Medieval Genealogy of the Lords of Brecknock, by Diana B. Tyson (2004)
Help With Languages
- Abbreviations Found in Genealogical Records, from Latin and English, alphabetically arranged.
- Anglo-Norman Dictionary, now available online.
- Latin Genealogical Word List, from Familysearch.org
- Latin Language and Script: Resources for the Genealogist, from Ancestry.com
- Latin Words for Genealogists, a list of Latin words commonly found in genealogical research, alphabetically arranged.
- Middle English Dictionary, now available online.
- Anglo-Saxon Dictionary. The Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon dictionary, now available online.
Help with Names
- Scottish Names Resources, a collection of pages for deciphering Scottish naming conventions form several sources, including Gaelic, Norman, Pictish, and Norse, along with associated cultures.
- Quick and Easy Gaelic Names, explaining both Irish and Scottish naming conventions.
- Medieval German Names, including High German, Middle German, and Frankish.
- Medieval Islamic Names, including Arabic, Turkish, and Persian.
- Medieval Names from India, China, and Japan
- The Indexing of Welsh Personal Names, useful for understanding medieval Welsh naming conventions.
Use with Caution
These resources may contain good information, but they are also full of old legends and errors.
- A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire, by Bernard Burke (1866)
- Canon Law and Consanguinity, by Nathaniel L. Taylor. Drawn from Constance B. Bouchard's article, "Consanguinity and Noble Marriages in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries".
- Early Medieval Charters: A Guide For Students. From The Making of Charlemagne’s Europe.
- How to Read Medieval Handwriting (Paleography)
- What is onomastics?
- What is prosopography?