I'm American. My family came from England to North America in 1695, many eventually settled into the area that would come to be known as Connecticut. The family are the Coles, they lived in Sterling. Another branch of the family is from Scotland, coming to the US in the 1800s. Going back further I found two ancestors from the time of Elizabeth I, one is buried in Peterborough and the other near Ipswich. Small world incident is that I lived, for several years, near those towns in East Anglia during the early 1980's. Unlike a lot of people who do their genealogy, I have uncovered no links to royalty or nobility. Closest I got was that one of my Italian ancestors was given a land grant for fighting with Garibaldi.