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CH-colorcorrect-250Charles M. Hansen (b. 1933), a native Californian, received his B.A. (specializing in European history) from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1955. He was commissioned as a Regular Army officer (Infantry) in 1955, and after a career that included a combat tour in Viet Nam and the command of an infantry battalion in Korea, retired in 1982 with the rank of colonel. He received an M.A. (specializing in medieval history) from San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 1985. Since 1996, he has been co-editor of The Genealogist. His publications have focused primarily on proving or disproving claimed Quaker gentry descents and on solving problems in medieval genealogy.

Selected Publications:


The Ancestry of Charles II, King of England: A Medieval Heritage, co-authored with Dr. Neil D. Thompson, F.A.S.G. (Saline, Mich., 2012; repr. 2014).

The American Society of Genealogists: 75th Anniversary Volume (1940–2015), coedited with Dr. Gale Ion Harris, F.A.S.G. (Saline, Mich.: ASG, 2015).

Ancestor Table: Hansen (Sausalito, Calif., 2017).

Selected Articles:

“Hjort og slange i Vaabenet,” Heraldisk Tidsskrift (Denmark), 37 (1978): 305-11.

“A Medieval Heritage: The Ancestry of Charles II, King of England,” co-authored with Dr. Neil D. Thompson, FASG, The Genealogist, vols. 2 (1981) through 26 (2012), passim (43 installments).

“Hansen,” Skandinavisk Vapenrulla 1980–82 (Lund, Sweden, 1982), No. 265.

“The Parentage of William Clayton, Quaker Immigrant to Pennsylvania: A Correction,” The Genealogist 4 (1983): 169-73.

“A Medcalf Correction,” The Genealogist 6 (1985): 243-46.

“The Barons of Wodhull: With Observations on the Ancestry of George Elkinton, Emigrant to New Jersey,” The Genealogist 7-8 (1986–87): 4-127.

“A Wetherill Correction,” The American Genealogist 63 (1988): 12-16.

“Suffolk’s Niece: The Identity of Margaret, the wife of Jean de Foix, Earl of Kendal, Captal de Buch, K.G.,” Genealogists’ Magazine (London), 22, no. 10 (1988): 373-77.

“William Clayton’s Parentage: An Addition,” The Genealogist 9 (1988): 78-79.

“The Paternal Ancestry of Caesar Rodney of Del., Signer of the Declaration of Independence,” The American Genealogist 64 (1989): 97-111.

“The Correct Ancestry of John Dutton, Immigrant to Pennsylvania,” The American Genealogist 66 (1991): 65-74.

“Ancestor Table 290: Charles Morton Hansen,” The American Genealogist 66 (1991): 92-94, 248.

“The Wydevills’ Quartering for Beauchamp,” co-authored with Dr. Neil D. Thompson, FASG, The Coat of Arms, new ser. (London), 9 (Spring 1992): 178-187.

“The Descent of James Claypoole of Philadelphia from Edward I: A Correction of the Lineage,” The American Genealogist 67 (1992): 97-107.

“Mary Isaac’s Descent from the Beauchamps: The Correct Lineage,” The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 147 (1993): 3-10.

“John and Margaret (Halsnode) Denne of Salem County, New Jersey: With Her Descent from the Feudal Baron, Gilbert Peche,” The American Genealogist 68 (1993): 193-204.

“Anne (Mauleverer) Abbott, Quaker Immigrant to New Jersey: A Confirmation of Her Gentry Descent,” The American Genealogist 69 (1994): 160-64.

“The Claimed Gentry Descent of Oliver Cope: A Nineteenth-Century Genealogical Fraud,” The American Genealogist 70 (1995): 156-61.

“The Ancestry of William and Ann (Bagley) Brinton: Quaker Immigrants to Pennsylvania,” The American Genealogist 71 (1996): 36-48.

“Secretary Matthew Clarkson of New York: A Correction of his Lineage,” The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 127 (1996):193-201; “Additions and Corrections,” NYGBR 128 (1997): 227.

“Margery2 (Maude) Fisher, Quaker Immigrant to Delaware,” The American Genealogist 72 (1997): 244-56.

“The Barons of Wodhull: Some Additions,” The Genealogist 10, no. 2 (1989; published 1998): 150-66.

“The Wydevills’ Quartering for Beauchamp: An Addition,” The Coat of Arms, new ser. (London), 13 (Spring 1999): 28-33.

“Historic Ancestors: Nis Henriksen,” The Genealogist 14 (2000): 162-63.

“The Pinkeny Claim to Scotland,” The American Genealogist 75 (2000): 277-92.

“Rettelser og Tilføjelser: Ahlefeldt,” co-authored with Prof. Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard, Danmarks Adels Aarbog 96 (2000–02): 607-8.

“Nachkommen von Ghese, einer Schwester des Archidiakon Cord Cordes in Schleswig,” trans. into German by Rolf Rickers, Familienkundliches Jahrbuch Schleswig-Holstein 42 (2003): 4-15.

“Margaret, Wife of Sir Simon Felbrigg: Ancestress of Margaret (Tyndal), Wife of Gov. John1 Winthrop of Massachusetts Bay Colony,” The American Genealogist 79 (2004): 283-91.

“Complete Works of Charles Evans: A Review Article,” The Genealogist 19 (2005): 108-11.

“Sir Andrew Ogard, a ‘Stranger Knight,’ “The Genealogist 19 (2005): 179-96.

“Historic Ancestors: Fulk Wodhull,” The Genealogist 23 (2009): 31-33.