We’re related! Or not.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged! This event has inspired quite a few genealogy articles along with a representation of Ms. Markle’s family tree. Her father’s family goes back to Colonial times in Massachusetts and even further back to King Edward III (see chart here). When I saw the surname “Merrill” on the tree, I thought maybe we were related since that name is also in my tree. Wikitree showed us as connected through Nathanial Merrill, a resident of Newbury, Massachusetts.

There is a problem though. Christopher Child discovered possible errors in Merkle’s Merrill line that call into doubt that she is a descendant of my Nathaniel Merrill. Since we both have lineages going back to colonial New England, it is quite possible we have other relatives in common. TBD!

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