Hi Genegirl, I cannot trace my Pollock line to the middle ages--impressive that you could trace yours so far--but all of us Pollocks are descended from Robert Pollock who took that name in the 12th century. That would be 26,000 of us and counting.
I found more recently that Robert Pollock married Isabel Croce, the daughter of Sir Robert Croce, a knight and peer who lived next door to Robert Pollock, and his wife Eschyna de Molle. Eschyna was married secondly to Walter Fitzallen, the first High Steward. So Isabel Croce is half-sister to the second High Steward.
I just found out this week from a genealogist interested in the families of that period that Eschyna married as her third husband Henry de Molle (a cousin or someone who took her name because she was an heiress), and their daughter Avicia married Richard Scott. The Scott/Douglass line produced many years later Princess Alice who married in the 20th century Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucestor, and Alice and Henry had a son William whom we all are familiar with as an interesting personality. Thus Eschyna was a foremother to more than three notable families.
I am not so interested in demonstrating a direct line as learning of the history of these families in the high Middle Ages, and their interaction, which is fascinating, with pictures on the web which show their life, such as the rolling hills of de Molle by the River Tweed, and the stone Crookston castle of the 14th century which reproduced Sir Robert Croce's wooden castle of the 12th century, which was owned in the 14th century by the Darnley family, which produced Mary Stuart's husband.
Archduke Joseph Francis of Austria was my great grandfather look at the photos!
my father otakar was bastard son of Archduke Joseph Francis of Austria he was born in prague may 2 1941. i also was born in prague nov.10,1963 i have a picture of him and i have pictures of me and them you be the judge pictures don't lie. i also have my DNA results they just need to be matched. i am in the last 2 photos in the white hat and in my mothers arms.
That would mean that you're descended from either Queen Victoria or Wilhelm I.
Of Victoria's 9 children 8 had children themselves, one being Wilhelm II's mother. If you were descended from Victoria through her eldest son, Edward VII, you would probably know.
If you're descended from Wilhelm I it would be through his daughter, Louise, who married Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden. If you descend in this line then you're a descendant of George I of Great Britain. But even then... I think you would probably know, as Louise and Frederick had grandchildren from just one of their children, Victoria, who married Gustaf V of Sweden.
My grandmother has always talked about how were related to the queen it's just she has done much more research than I have and she just knows much more. I really need to sit down and talk to her some more.
Is there anything I can do to verify it legally? Or to prove my ancestry to the British government?
What exactly are you verifying? That you're (for exampole) a 16th cousin twice removed? There are thousands of living descendants of King George I (died 1727) and tens of thousands of living descendants if you trace the royal descent back a few centuries earlier. All can be said to be "related to the Queen" in one way or another, including several US Presidents and numerous Senators. The British government would have no interest in such a distant relationship and "verifyng it legally" wouldn't serve much purpose.
However, researching, exploring and understanding one's family's genealogical record with as many gaps as possible filled in is for many a very satisfying pasttime with possibly unexpected and surprising discoveries to be made. In other words such genealogical research is usually done for individual pleasure, curiosity and satisaction, and not for profit or recognition by State authorities.
It's really not for profit. Mainly because if I am related to the queen I would want her to know to know me. And me her. It's more for the relationship. I don't care about money. I want to meet her. I'm sure it's a perfectly appropriate feeling to have. And I don't see anything wrong with wanting to meet her and for her to know I'm her family. Even if it is distant family.
I'm really not trying to seem rude. I'm just trying to validate myself. I don't want to come off as if I'm in it for money or anything related to that. I just would really to meet the queen. And finding out if I'm related to her would help make it easier.
If everyone who is a distant relative of the Queen was to meet her and get to know her she would have no time at all for anything else. She has literally millions of distant relatives who can prove that relationship e.g. David Cameron who would never have come into her orbit if he hadn't chosen politics as a career.
For starters there are 1000s of descendants of Queen Victoria and then back to George II there are more and more - and they are just the legitimate descendants. Cameron is a descendant of William IV, through and illegitimate line of course but that still makes him a relative.
She simply wouldn't have the time to meet all her relatives going back about 200 years because so many people are able to prove that descent.
It is great to be able to say - 'I am related to royalty' but that is all that it would be and you can have the dream of meeting her but in reality it won't be happening. She doesn't have the time and the relationship is way too distant.
Given the relationship to Wilhelm II it sounds like it could be through an illegimate line and not all of those are acknowledged even by the father concerned - often a family 'story' with no real proof (now I am not saying that is the case for you but it is the case for a lot of the claims).
Kaiser Wilhelm's first cousins are easy to locate:
Prince Albert Victor - no legitimate offspring - illegitmate ?? - probably none
George V - 6 offspring whose descendants are well known
Louise - descendants are also well known
Victoria - no descendants
Maud - the Norwegian royal family
Victoria - Marchioness of Milford Haven - we know her descendants - include Prince Philip
Elizabeth - grandduchess of Russia - no children
Irene - 3 children and a number of identified and named grandchildren
Ernst Louis - only legitimate descendants died in 1937 (son married Prince Philip's sister Cecile)
Frederich - died aged 3
Alix - died with her entire family 18th July, 1918 - Ekaterinburg Russia
Marie - died aged 4
Alfred - no legitimate descendants
Marie - Queen of Romania - descendants are known and identified
Victoria - married twice - 3 daughters and a son whose only legitimate child is a girl
Alexandra - 5 children with 2 sons (1 died after 2 days) and he married another of Prince Philip's sisters so their children are first cousins of Charles etc and known to the BRF
Beatrice - who married into the Spanish royal family and had three sons
Christian Victor - didn't marry
Albert - didn't marry but did have an illegitmate child who was acknowledged but who after two marriages died without issue
Helena Victoria - never married
Marie Louise - no children from her unhappy marriage
2 other sons who died at 2 days and stillborn
Margaret - descendants are the Swedish and Danish royal families
Arthur - had one son who died without issue
Patricia - had one son and we know his children
Alice - 3 children, 1 who died in infancy - the others well known to The Queen as Alice was still alive into the 1980s and a member of the BRF - daughter was a bridesmaid to The Queen Mum
Charles Edward - had a number of children who also had identified children,
Alexander - one child - Iris Mountbatten - and again well known to the BRF
Victoria Eugenie - Queen of Spain
Leopold - no legitimate issue
Maurice - no legitimate issue (died during WWI)
Frederick - no legitimate children as none of his issue survived
Victoria - descendants are the Swedish royal family
Ludwig - no issue
So we know all of the Kaiser's first cousins and their legitimate descendants so if you are a descendant of one of his first cousins you would be from one of these listed above and would be moving in many of the same circles as the Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, British and Germany royal families/houses.
Of course in the late Victorian age a number of the princes probably had illegitmate children who may or may not ever have been acknowledged.