Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Hungarian Ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II; Part 2

Earlier today I posted an introduction to a series of posts I'll be writing, about the Hungarian ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II. Not many know she has a Hungarian Countess as a second great-grandmother, let alone much of her Hungarian ancestry at all. My goal is to document that.

In my first post I highlighted Countess Klaudina (various spellings of her first name) Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde and four generations of her ancestors. In this second post, I'll be highlighting Klaudina's paternal second great-grandfather, János Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde. His ahnentafel list is as follows:

First Generation
1. János Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde

Second Generation
2. János Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde
3. Margit Kornis de Homoród-Szent-Pál

Third Generation
4. Pál Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde
5. Anna Sutha de Ladmócz
6. Ferencz Kornis de Homoród-Szent-Pál
7. Judit Kornis de Homoród-Szent-Pál

Fourth Generation
8. Pál Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde
9. unknown
10. György Sutha de Ladmócz
11. unknown
12. Farkas Kornis de Homoród-Szent-Pál
13. Druzsiánna/Katalin Petky de Derzs és Királyhalma
14. Boldizsár Bornemisza de Kápolna
15. Anna Patócsy

Fifth Generation
16. László Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde
17. Erzsébet Recsky
18. unknown
19. unknown
20. unknown
21. unknown
22. unknown
23. unknown
24. Miklós Kornis de Homoród-Szent-Pál
25. Borbála Bikly de Bikal
26. János Petky de Derzs és Királyhalma
27. Katalin Kornis de Homoród-Szent-Pál
28. unknown
29. unknown
30. unknown
31. unknown

How To Locate Your Ancestor's Land

After researching my family tree for ten years, I've encountered my fair share of land deeds and records. One of my biggest problems was actually locating where that land lies on present-day maps. It can be quite challenging using old surveyor maps and even present day plat maps, and then matching them up to the maps of today.. like Google Maps. One reason I'm particularly interested in finding where their land actually was, is because this land most likely holds buried family members. Down in the southern states, many family members were buried in family cemeteries on the land the family owned before the time of modern public cemeteries. To even have a chance of finding them, if any markers of any kind still exist at all anymore, you'd need to figure out where the land was that they were living on.
In the past two weeks, I've been able to find some land deeds that pertain to my Howell family from Tippah County, Mississippi (thanks to the new database on FamilySearch!). The person I am most interested in, is Hiram Howell, my 5th-great-grandfather. He was known to have been murdered in 1853 by his son-in-law, Lindsey Slaughter.

Hiram Howell (mistakenly written as Wren Howell) had actually bought his land on 10 Oct 1846 (record on the left) from Lindsey Slaughter, who himself had received the land as part of the homesteading acts. The specific details of the land are the North-East quarter of Section 9, Township 5 South, Range 2 East (NE1/4 of S9 T5S R2E). Just the other day, I stumbled upon a website that would map the exact location of Section 9 for me, using Google Earth. Google Earth is a program that you install on your computer that is much similar to Google Maps, but with much more features and way more powerful. The website is called Earth Point, and it's specifically used as a tool for Google Earth.
Once you get to the page, navigate to the section called "Convert Township, Range, and Section to Latitude and Longitude", as seen on the right. Enter your your data into the drop-down boxes and then click on "Fly To On Google Earth". Open the file once it's finished downloading.

After opening the file, Google Earth will automatically open and bring you to the exact location of Section 9, Township 5 South, Range 2 East, in Tippah County, Mississippi. From there, I can easily find the North-East quarter of Section 9. Pretty cool, huh? To the left is a snapshot of what you'll see. What kind of tools do you use to locate the land of your ancestors?

The Hungarian Ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II; Part 1

With much fanfare going on about the royal wedding, I thought it'd be fun to analyze the Hungarian ancestors of Queen Elizabeth II. Not many people know, but the Queen's second great-grandmother was the Hungarian Countess Klaudina (various spellings out there) Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde.

Countess Klaudina died at the young age of 29 years old. While in Austria at a military event with her husband, Alexander Duke of Württemberg, Klaudina was trampled and killed by horses. Duke Alexander subsequently became mentally unstable afterwards, for the rest of his life. It sounds like it could've been true love, to me!

In the fifth generation of the Ahnentafel chart below, you will find links to information on that individual's ancestors.

Here is an Ahnentafel list for five generations, beginning with Countess Klaudina:

First Generation
1. Countess Klaudina Zsuzsánna Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde

Second Generation
2. Count László Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde
3. Baroness Ágnes Inczédy de Nagy-Várad

Third Generation
4. Count Mihály Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde
5. Baroness Terézia Bánffy de Losoncz
6. Baron Gergely Inczédy de Nagy-Várad
7. Karoline Barcsay de Nagy-Barcsa

Fourth Generation
8. László Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde
9. Mária Toroczkay de Toroczkó-Szent-György
10. Baron Boldizsár Bánffy de Losoncz
11. Krisztina Kemény de Magyar-Gyerő-Monostor
12. Baron Gergely Inczédy de Nagy-Várad
13. Ágnes Kendeffy de Malomviz
14. Péter Barcsay de Nagy-Barcsa
15. Baroness Terézia Inczédy de Nagy-Várad

Fifth Generation
16. János Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde
17. Erzsébet Macskássy de Rápolt
18. István Toroczkay de Toroczkó-Szent-György
19. Borbála Kapy de Kapivár
20. Baron László Bánffy de Losoncz
21. Judit Dániel de Vargyas
22. Simon Kemény de Magyar-Gyerő-Monostor
23. Anna Vay de Vaja
24. Pál Inczédy de Nagy-Várad
25. Klára Lipcsey de Bilke
26. Gáspár Kendeffy de Malomviz
27. Katalin Kún
28. Mihály Barcsay de Nagy-Barcsa
29. Ágnes Wass de Diód-Váralja
30. Baron Sámuel Inczédy de Nagy-Várad
31. Anna Lészay de Szent-Márton