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By L. Finch
Globe Correspondent / November 17, 2010

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The British fiancée of Prince William has family ties to some big names across the pond, genealogical researchers in Boston announced yesterday.

Kate Middleton is an eighth cousin eight times removed from George Washington, through common ancestor Sir William Gascoigne, who died in 1487, according to researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

She also counts Meriwether Lewis, who together with William Clark mapped the West in a famous 19th-century expedition, as a ninth cousin seven times removed. And she is related to General George S. Patton, the outspoken Army officer who commanded troops across Europe during World War II, as a 13th cousin three times removed.

Gary Boyd Roberts, a research scholar for the society who aided the project, said “it’s fairly common’’ for people to have family ties to someone of note throughout history.

William and Middleton announced their engagement yesterday after dating on and off for eight years. The research into Middleton’s ancestry began a few years ago when “it became obvious that she was going to be his choice,’’ Roberts said.

The couple are 15th cousins themselves through Sir Thomas Fairfax, who died during the reign of Henry VIII.

L. Finch can be reached at lfinch@globe.com.

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