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Are You Related to Royalty?

Millions of Americans have family ties to Prince William or Kate Middleton — you could be among them

The British Royal Family including Prince William (L) Camilla (R), The Duchess of Cornwall stand alongside Queen Elizabeth II (centre L) and her husband Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, as they watch a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, June 12, 2010.

Try researching surnames such as Windsor or Stuart to see if you have a family conncetion to the British royal family — Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Royal websites. Check out the Royal Family Tree at http://www.royal-family-tree.co.uk/ and the official website of the British monarch at http://www.royal.gov.uk/.

Reading list. These books may give you some clues: The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton by William A. Reitwiesner; The Ancestry of Diana Princess of Wales by Richard Evans; The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States by Gary Boyd Roberts.

You could strike gold or hit a dead end.

"For some people, it can happen in an instant. For others, it can take 20-30 years worth of work," says Joshua Taylor, director of education at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Either way, you might decide it's worth finding out.

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