Surprising as it may sound, almost all Ansteys alive today are connected to each other, sharing a common Anstey ancestor who originated the Anstey surname in the 12th century! This is proved beyond doubt by authors G. M. Anstey and T. J. Anstey in the authoritative and comprehensive 'Anstey: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry', the first in a series of four books documenting the complete history of the Ansteys. This book lays out the groundwork for the authors' proof, revealing the true origin of 'Anstey' as a surname and telling for the first time the fascinating story of the medieval Ansteys, from their 12th century origin to the end of the 14th century. The ancestors whose stories are told in this book are shared not only by almost all Ansteys alive today, but by anybody who has an Anstey appear anywhere in their pre-1770 family tree. The third edition of this book contains yet more medieval Anstey discoveries, evidence and clues, as well as a completely re-written appendix on the Norman ancestry of Hubert, the 12th century Anstey patriarch.