Monthly Archives: December 2016

Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York

On this day, 30 December, in the year 1460, Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, was killed in battle. He was my 17th great-grandfather.

Born on 21 September 1411, he was the son of Richard of Conisburgh, 3rd Earl of Cambridge, and his wife Anne Mortimer, daughter of Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March, and Alianore Holland.

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Ferdinand I

On this day, in the year 1065, Ferdinand I “El Magno” passed away. He was my 28th great-grandfather through his daughter Urraca of León and Castile and my 29th great-grandfather through his granddaughter Teresa of León—both daughters of Alfonso VI of León and Castile.  Ferdinand I was the first ruler of Castile to adopt the title of king. In addition, he was crowned emperor of León.

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Alfonso III of Asturias

On this day, 20 December, circa 912, Alfonso III “El Magno,” King of Leon, Galicia, and Asturias, died. He was my 35th great-grandfather.

Alfonso III was born circa 838. His father was Ordoño I of Asturias. At some point, Alfonso III married Jimena of Pamplona. Together, they had at least three sons, including my 34th great-grandfather, Ordoño II of León

Other than these few facts, little is known about Alfonso’s personal life, whereas more is known about his reign. Winning a contested succession, Alfonso III moved his capital forward from Oviedo to the original Roman city of León. Alfonso III ordered the creation of three chronicles, theorizing that the Kingdom of Asturias was the rightful successor of the old Visigothic kingdom.

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Begga and Baldwin V

My genealogical researches have uncovered dozens of devout ancestors. This is the first installment of a series of posts titled “Doing God’s Work: Our Families’ Faithful”, documenting the lives of those who served God.


In the year of the Lord 615, my 40th great-grandmother Begga was born to Pepin of Landen and his wife Itta of Metz. Her older sister was Gertrude of Nivelles.

Begga married Ansegisel, son of Arnulf and Doda. Together, they had three children, including Pepin of Heristal (my 39th great-grandfather). Pepin of Heristal was the founder of the Carolingian dynasty of rulers in France.

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More Alike Than Unalike

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Human Family
~by Maya Angelou

…I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man…

…I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike…

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