#6 – Part Two –
Well, a breakthrough brought me to Allan Howard – my 26th great grandfather. As far back as 1165 to 1239, there is very little information – especially since he didn’t do anything all that noteworthy – except have a son – that had a son and so forth.
It wasn’t until his 7th gr-grandson, Sir John Howard, Duke of Norfolk was the first to gain a title and prestige for the family. It was Sir John’s mother, Margaret de Mowbray, that brought Arundel castle into the family. Her father was the first Earl of Arundel and the Duke of Norfolk.
There is a book about John Howard “Yorkist Lord: John Howard, Duke of Norfolk”
Apparently, if I follow the de Mowbray line, I can go back to Charlemagne. Of course, there are many genealogists who trace back to Charlemagne or Moses or whomever else they find as the most distant. Luckily, when you get into the nobility of Europe, the records tend to be better than if your ancestors were farmers or maids.