The following is reprinted with permission from Dick Eastman's EOGN:
25 Percent of Aussies Descended from Royalty
Australians might be known for having a convict past but almost a quarter were descended from English aristocracy or a famous historical figure, a survey has found.
The new research, commissioned by family history website Ancestry.com.au, surveyed more than 1000 Australians who researched their family history. It found that 23 per cent were descended from convicts; 17 per cent from soldiers or military men; 13 per cent from a famous historical figure; 12.5 per cent from someone rich and 11 per cent from English aristocracy.
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