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Special Note regarding Mexico: Over the years several people have suggested that I should add to the Online Alanaque the Iturbide family, as the former Imperial family of Mexico.

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I had not done so for a couple reasons. First, the Online Gotha is meant to cover European royalty and almanqaue while it is true that the Imperial family of Brazil is included, the fact is that that family would be included anyway as being parts of the French and Portuguese royal families. Second, I never had a really good genealogy of the Iturbide family.

Click here for a page on the Iturbide family, the imperial house of Mexico. Those houses which have traditionally been designated as Goths Houses are marked with an asterisk. Chigi della Rovere Albani. Lante Montefeltro della Rovere.

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Some updates to the genealogies of Italian families included here are based on information from Davide Shama’s excellent site on Italian royal and noble genealogy at http: Some of these are families since extinct in the male line; others are earlier generations of families whose more recent generations are included in sections above.

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An assortment of families of the higher nobility which do not have princely or ducal rank, or who have not traditionally been listed as Mediatized Houses. Section I encompasses those families which have held hereditary sovereign status in European states, plus Brazil, since the Napoleonic era.

Section II includes two somewhat overlapping groups of houses: Traditionally, the term ” Mediatized ” has been defined as describing those Houses of the former Holy Roman Empire which lost their sovereignty during the Napoleonic era.

The most important thing which traditionally distinguished the ” Mediatized ” houses from other non-sovereign houses is that they have traditionally been considered to have been granted by the Congress of Vienna the status of equal birth with the sovereign houses.

Not all houses almanaquee designated as ” mediatized ” were actually sovereign at the beginning of the Napoleonic era or, for that matter, at any time. Some seem to have fallen into this category by accident or misunderstanding by scholars and historians.

After carefully reviewing the situation and the somewhat arbitrary way in which certain houses came to be designated as ” Mediatized “, I have decided to dispense with that classification.

The families included in this Online Gotha do not constitute an exclusive list.

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There are numerous families, particularly Italian, Spanish, Russian, and eastern European, whose rank would entitle them to be included, but for which I have insufficient sources to compile any kind of comprehensive genealogy. I have begun a Gotha Supplement. This section will contain a small selection of houses of the upper nobility which do not fit into the criteria of Sections I or II. The advantage of an Online Gotha is that it can be instantly updated and corrected.


Alnanaque printed equivalent becomes obsolete as soon as it is published.

Thus I welcome any additions or corrections which any reader may be able to supply, and will update the articles accordingly when I receive them. Ve am sure I have made some errors, and I am sure that I have missed some new events or have failed to find some old events which should be recorded.

Please refer all such corrections and additions to me at my new email address: The beautifully executed coats-of-arms displayed on this page were produced by Arnaud Bunelwho graciously authorized me to use them here.

I also credit the many posters at Nobiliana http: Because of the time needed for my other pages and projects, I no longer maintain a Royal News page. I know that many readers enjoyed having the latest news of events in the royal houses posted here, but this kind of news is now widely available in several places online. I urge all who want to read about the latest events in the various European royal families to join the Nobiliana Forum.

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