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Are You Related to Royals?

By Alexandra Glorioso
Pearl Duncan
Photo Courtesy of APBS Speakers

Before you watch William & Kate’s royal wedding, join Brooklyn Historical Society on Wed., April 27 in this New York Times recommended event as Pearl Duncan shares how she used family nicknames, DNA, and genealogy to trace her lineage to the Opare family of the Akan people of Ghana, in West Africa, and to Scottish-American nobles, related to British royals.

The program is part of BHS’ Crossing Borders: Bridging Generations, a series of public conversations about mixed-heritage families, race, ethnicity, culture, and identity, infused with historical perspective. Funding provided by New York Council for the Humanities. Catering provided by Golden Krust of Flatbush: Caribbean Cocktail Patties and Punch plus Jerk Chicken.

This event is free with museum admission. The museum will remain open between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Wed., April 27, 7 p.m.: Mixed-Colonial-American-Ancestry: Are You Related to Royals?

Pearl Duncan: Are You Related to Royals?


Brooklyn Historical Society

128 Pierrepont Street (between Clinton and Henry Street, Downtown Brooklyn)



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Pearl Duncan
April 27, 2011
12:52 PM

Thanks. The event will be great fun, because for the first time publicly, I will reveal the official coat of arms I was granted by the Queen and Scotland’s Lord Lyon, King of Arms in 2005. I wrote an aticle for the NearSay NY blog, comparing my official coat of arms to Kate Middleton’s. This is the first time I am sharing the image and description of the emblems and colors of my coat of arms with an audience. I congratulate the Historical Society.

I also share the website that lists my coat of arms. It shows that there only a few Americans in our group with one, and only one female. I have a funny story about what a 13th-century lord said about who can inherit his castle, titles, estate and coat of arms.

It’s great fun sharing this with a Brooklyn, New York audience.