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Bluebloods: America’s Ruling Class

 
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I am also a descendant of Edward 1, Chalremaggne, William Broadsword king of Normandy Willliam the Conqueror and some of the sacndinavian screwballs like Ragnar Ragnarson, Charles Martel( gotta love him about that muslim thing). Those Pepin guys, Clovis, Dagobert and many others. I want my cut of the wealth of the world and to rule something! Dammit! Working for a living ain't profitable.
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it's no coincidence world leaders are all very closely related and members of the same secret societies

to all of you retards who keep saying

'im a distant relative of so and so and im not TPTB'

you are dumb fucks, you might(and i honestly doubt most of you) be a distant relative, but all world leaders are very CLOSE relatives. you think it's coincidence obama is closely related to bush and cheney?

jokes on you fools
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I'd really love to know the name of the Geneaologist who does these presidents charts.
Because from doing my own family geneaology, especially from Scotland, it's near impossible to go back even as far as the 1700s without a family bible.
How do they correlate Obama with a King of Scotland?
There must be a hell of lot of guess work involved, that's all I can say. Because to know if someone is YOUR ancestor,it can be done if you just link up names and presume. But getting the actual documents and linking it back it near impossible.
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why is it only white people?

and how come white people get mad when they are told they are inherently evil? is this not evidence?
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Blueblood runs..just like red blood.
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I can feel my ancestors noble blood flowing through me, anyone else feel the sense that you are better than everyone else? I am faster, stronger, smarter, and definitely more aware of the systems of social control than everyone around me. I have a hard time being thankful for anything because I feel it is to be expected of people to service me.
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I'd really love to know the name of the Geneaologist who does these presidents charts."

duh, the blue blood families have been keeping very accurate tabs on their family history, so it's probably much easier to research then a slave peon family like yours.
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I can feel my ancestors noble blood flowing through me, anyone else feel the sense that you are better than everyone else? I am faster, stronger, smarter, and definitely more aware of the systems of social control than everyone around me. I have a hard time being thankful for anything because I feel it is to be expected of people to service me."

you have extreme delusions of grandeur.

seek help!
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why is it only white people?

and how come white people get mad when they are told they are inherently evil? is this not evidence?"

total racist, ignorant, illogical comment.

i love coming to a thread and encountering retard after retard after retard
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...sure its been mentioned and lazy folks who already done ALL there research will raise the BS flag.......but......the case that barb bush is daughter of aleister crowely is plausible.....do some serious research....compare pics....give educated thoughts.
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bsflag
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You're an asshole shill. You're calling bullshit because you know this is all true. Thanks for the verification fuckwad.
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The only reason a person is called a Bluebloods ruling class. is because they say it. That does not make it so, I guess they are brain washed. Everyone has blue blood until it comes out of a vein and air hits it then it is red.
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wrong.

not everyone is royal.



some have it .

some dont
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Everyone has blue blood until it comes out of a vein and air hits it then it is red."

WRONG.

a true blue blood spills blue blood upon oxidation.

fact: you nor anyone on this thread has ever seen a blue blood bleed. nor will you ever.

the rabbit hole goes deep.
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[link to www.thecrowhouse.com] go here and see what they have to say,it is very interesting to say the very lest
As I was recently doing some Internet research I came across a genealogy chart for Barack Obama and to my surprise I found that Obama is not only distantly kin to Dick Cheney he is also distantly kin to George W. Bush and Harry Truman. The son of a Kenyan goat herder and American from Nebraska is distantly related to George Bush….how odd is that? Is it merely coincidence? If we go back far enough, 10 – 12 generations, are we all related somehow? I don’t think so. I’ve traced my family back through the late 1500’s and I find no blood ties to George Bush or Dick Cheney, thank God.

So, I started thinking. Does America have a ruling class? Can just anyone grow up to be president? Well, it doesn’t appear so.

Bush has more ties to European royalty than other president to date, having “blue blood” from both his paternal and maternal lines. His mother, Barbara Pierce Bush, is related to European royalty through the Pierce family, which also produced the fourteenth U.S. president, Franklin Pierce (1853-1857).

Harold Brooks-Baker of London’s Burke Peerage says Bush’s royal connections are startling. “Bush is closely related to every European monarch both on and off the throne,” Baker told American Free Press. According to another article Bush is also kin to the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Simeon Saxe-Cogurg, Gotha and the Spanish king, Juan Carlos.

“Mr. Gore and Mr. Bush have an unusually large number of royal and noble descents,” Baker said during the election campaign of 2000. “In point of fact, never in the history of the United States have two presidential candidates been as well endowed with royal alliances.”

Brooks-Baker also claims that the presidential candidate with the most European royal bloodlines has won every U.S. presidential election since george Washington.

There has always been a significant “royalty factor” in those who aspired to the White House, with Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, among some 30 other presidents, all boasting blue blood links.

Below is the list of presidents related to royalty:

· George Washington (descendant of Edward III of England)
· Thomas Jefferson (descendant of Edward III of England)
· James Madison (descendant of Edward I of England)
· John Quincy Adams (descendant of Edward III of England)
· William Henry Harrison and his grandson, Benjamin Harrison (descendants of Edward I of England)
· Zachary Taylor (descendant of Edward I of England)
· Franklin Pierce (descendant of Henry I of England)
· Rutherford Hayes (descendant of David I of Scotland)
· Grover Cleveland (descendant of Edward I of England)
· Theodore Roosevelt (descendant of Edward III of England)
· William Taft (descendant of Edward I of England)
· Warren Harding (descendant of Ethelred II of England)
· Calvin Coolidge (descendant of Henry II of England)
· Herbert Hoover (descendant of John of England)
· Franklin Roosevelt (descendant of Edward III of England)
· Gerald Ford (descendant of Edward I of England)
· George H.W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush (descendants of Edward I of England and Afonso I of Portugal)

Not only are the ruling class related to royalty, but are related to each other.

· Zachary Taylor: second cousin of James Madison

· Millard Fillmore: fourth cousin three times removed of John Adams, fifth cousin twice removed of John Quincy Adams

· Ulysses Grant: seventh cousin of Millard Fillmore

· Grover Cleveland: fifth cousin once removed of Millard Fillmore, sixth cousin once removed of Ulysses Grant, fifth cousin once removed of Rutherford Hayes

· Benjamin Harrison: fifth cousin once removed of John Tyler (his grandfather, President William Harrison, was a fourth cousin once removed of Tyler)

· Theodore Roosevelt: third cousin three times removed of Martin Van Buren

· William Taft: fourth cousin five times removed of John Adams, fifth cousin four times removed of John Quincy Adams, sixth cousin once removed of Millard Fillmore, eighth cousin once removed of Rutherford Hayes, fifth cousin once removed of James Garfield, sixth cousin once removed of Grover Cleveland, seventh cousin of Benjamin Harrison

· Warren Harding: fifth cousin twice removed of Millard Fillmore, eighth cousin twice removed of William Taft

· Calvin Coolidge: third cousin six times removed of John Adams, fourth cousin five times removed of John Quincy Adams, sixth cousin four times removed of Millard Fillmore, sixth cousin four times removed of Franklin Pierce, seventh cousin twice removed of Ulysses Grant, sixth cousin twice removed of James Garfield, ninth cousin once removed of Benjamin Harrison, seventh cousin once removed of William Taft

· Herbert Hoover: fifth cousin four times removed of Millard Fillmore, fourth cousin five times removed of Franklin Pierce, seventh cousin three times removed of James Garfield

· Franklin Roosevelt: fourth cousin three times removed of John Quincy Adams, third cousin four times removed of Martin Van Buren, half fourth cousin three times removed of Zachary Taylor, seventh cousin once removed of Millard Fillmore, sixth cousin twice removed of Franklin Pierce, fourth cousin once removed of Ulysses Grant, sixth cousin once removed of Rutherford Hayes, half eighth cousin of Grover Cleveland, fifth cousin of Theodore Roosevelt (although his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, was a niece of Theodore), sixth cousin twice removed of William Taft, seventh cousin once removed of Calvin Coolidge

· Richard Nixon: eighth cousin three times removed of Rutherford Hayes, seventh cousin twice removed of William Taft, ninth cousin of Warren Harding, eighth cousin once removed of Calvin Coolidge, eighth cousin once removed of Franklin Roosevelt

· Gerald Ford: fifth cousin five times removed of Millard Fillmore, seventh cousin four times removed of Abraham Lincoln, sixth cousin three times removed of Ulysses Grant, sixth cousin three times removed of Rutherford Hayes, seventh cousin three times removed of James Garfield, fifth cousin four times removed of Grover Cleveland, seventh cousin twice removed of William Taft, ninth cousin once removed of Warren Harding, eighth cousin once removed of Calvin Coolidge, eighth cousin once removed of Herbert Hoover, sixth cousin twice removed of Franklin Roosevelt, eighth cousin twice removed of Richard Nixon

· Jimmy Carter: ninth cousin of Warren Harding, sixth cousin of Richard Nixon

· George H. W. Bush: fourth cousin five times removed of Millard Fillmore, fifth cousin four times removed of Franklin Pierce, seventh cousin four times removed of Abraham Lincoln, sixth cousin five times removed of Ulysses Grant, sixth cousin three times removed of Rutherford Hayes, fourth cousin three times removed of James Garfield, seventh cousin twice removed of Grover Cleveland, seventh cousin three times removed of Theodore Roosevelt (also eighth cousin twice removed of Eleanor Roosevelt, a niece of Theodore), sixth cousin three times removed of William Taft, sixth cousin twice removed of Calvin Coolidge, tenth cousin of Herbert Hoover, sixth cousin three times removed of Franklin Roosevelt, ninth cousin four times removed of Richard Nixon, seventh cousin of Gerald Ford. Note that these relationships then also apply to George W. Bush, each an additional generation removed. SOURCE

Barack Obama, who many believe will become the 44th president, is kin to President George W. Bush, Senator Robert Byrd, Harry Truman and Dick Cheney. SOURCE

And you can add John McCain to the list of royally descended…and descended no less than from the same Scottish king as Obama.

John McCain, the Republican presidential contender, and Barack Obama, his Democrat rival, are both descended from the same Scottish king, it has been claimed.

According to research by an American genealogist, they share a common bloodline that can be traced to William I of Scotland, or William the Lion.

It was disclosed last year that Mr Obama was a descendant of the monarch who ruled Scotland from 1165 to 1214, and his background and upbringing spans the globe. SOURCE

There is much ado made about Barack Obama being a different kind of politician and the politician of change….but is he? How is it that once again the leading presidential candidate is part of the ruling class? It makes the fear of a Clinton “dynasty” laughable.

It appears that while the American Revolution was fought to break away from the rule of royalty, the U.S. merely established it’s own “royalty” and ruling class. I guess not all men are created equal.

My thanks to Golddigger of Capital Hill Forum for his contributions to the article.
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I am also a descendant of Edward 1, Chalremaggne, William Broadsword king of Normandy Willliam the Conqueror and some of the sacndinavian screwballs like Ragnar Ragnarson, Charles Martel( gotta love him about that muslim thing). Those Pepin guys, Clovis, Dagobert and many others. I want my cut of the wealth of the world and to rule something! Dammit! Working for a living ain't profitable.
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And what proof do you have to back this up? Most genealogies are full of bull shit after a certain point. Someone doing a genealogy isn't going to find a lot of work is he tells his customers they are descended from Pete the Shit Shoveler.
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My grandmother was descended from the court of
Marie Antoinette.

As far as I'm concerned, you can all eat cake.
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Im pretty sure they bleed red just like everyone else
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Wake up sheeple, listen to you all discuss this illusion.
Yes, ILLUSION.
There is NO royalty. There is only long held bloodlines of psychopaths who a taken great pleasure in lying, stealing, manipulating, raping, killing, torturing, waging war, enslaving others, imprisoning others, cheating, conspiring and hoarding wealth.
True royalty is spiritual beauty, love, wisdom and awakened power.
These psychopaths are the sdIckest and ugliest examples of human beings and we should never glorify them or their dark work.
WAKE UP Sheeple and fight the powers that be!
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Most genealogies are full of bull shit after a certain point. Someone doing a genealogy isn't going to find a lot of work is he tells his customers they are descended from Pete the Shit Shoveler.
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EXACTLY. And there was some famous guy who did a lot of genealogies for people a long time ago, and made sure to "find" royal ancestors for them all. He was exposed as a fraud after working for years and doing tons of family trees for people, HOWEVER people still use those family trees he did not knowing they were fraudulent and so the fraud is perpetuated into the present day and no one questions it.

Besides the fact that those of us with ancestors from the British Isles, who constituted the bulk of the early settlers of the US, really and truly are related when you go back far enough, which is probably not that far in a lot of cases.

White people exhibit common racial characteristics because they are an extended family group, inbred to some degree, just like every other race.

If you know another white person with roots and heritage from the British Isles in a way they are your "cousin" and this explains a lot of how politics work, how society operates.
It's human nature to treat your blood relatives differently than non-blood relatives. So sorry but the real world operates the way the real world operates, not in some sesame street fantasy world.

Anyway if you like ideas like that or find them interesting the author Steve Sailer is so fascinating and you can read him on Vdare.com [link to www.vdare.com]
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fact is that most people ARE NOT related to royalty. why? because royals are extremely selective with whom they breed. a lot of people believe they are because quite frankly they are fucking stupid.
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it's no coincidence world leaders are all very closely related and members of the same secret societies

to all of you retards who keep saying

'im a distant relative of so and so and im not TPTB'

you are dumb fucks, you might(and i honestly doubt most of you) be a distant relative, but all world leaders are very CLOSE relatives. you think it's coincidence obama is closely related to bush and cheney?

jokes on you fools
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No, the world leaders who are cousins are not closely related. they are mostly 9th & 10th cousins and more distant.

Those who say they are distant relatives are as close, and maybe closer relatives than the world leaders.

I guess that makes you the dumb fuck.

I am related also, both closely, and distantly. In New Orleans, and in Europe, my title is Comtessa. And, like the other poster, I'd like my slice of the wealth pie as well. As for leading, I know I'd do a better job than most of them.
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fact is that most people ARE NOT related to royalty. why? because royals are extremely selective with whom they breed. a lot of people believe they are because quite frankly they are fucking stupid.
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bumpCream always rises to the top and to have indians you must have chiefs.If we all decide we have blue blood who is going to clean toilets.By the way that is what i do on a large scale and no one gives a FU.. that i am related to dutch royalty.HAPPY HOLIDAYS your shit is my gold $$$$$$$$$$
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My grandmother was descended from the court of
Marie Antoinette.

As far as I'm concerned, you can all eat cake.
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Off with her head!

Always bothered me that if the rich are so powerful and all knowing and direct everything how come they didn't see the French Revolution coming where many lost their noggins.
Or did they? Hummmmm
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Barbara Pierce Bush, now there is a woman that SHOULD have aborted.
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They are USURPERS of the Real Bloodlines only....

After Assassinations and thievery....
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Indeed!!!

LEGION
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Why the heck are the spamers always posting on this thread?
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Blue Bloods are not so blue anymore because very few own true silver. The lines have deliniated and now the blood should be known for it's true meaning. Ones who ate from silver spoons and were poisoned by silver toxicity.
Only the elite could afford silver and hence blue blood. Blood without oxygen. It was a tragicedy.
Guess they were all truly defunct by their lagacies. There is not one Blue Blood left worth their weight in silver.
We's all bread out and it is now a farce.
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Son of presidents and tribal chiefs
In a special report, Sun-Times Political Editor Scott Fornek reveals Barack Obama's remarkably far-flung family tree
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September 9, 2007

BY SCOTT FORNEK Political Editor
One of his ancestors accused a fellow New England colonist of witchcraft and later stole from the governor's house.

Another had two brothers killed by American Indians, who scalped one brother and kidnapped the other's daughter.

» Click to enlarge image

White House hopeful Barack Obama already has presidential timber in his family tree: He is distantly related to three U.S. presidents.



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Obama Family Tree

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To trace Barack Obama's heritage, the Sun-Times started with his book, Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, and the genealogical research of William Addams Reitwiesner on Reitwiesner's Web site, www.wargs.com. In addition, we verified information and dug up new facts with documents on Ancestry.com, in state archives, from public libraries and from other sources. Those who helped include Sam Dunnam of Dunham-Singletary Family Connections, Donna Dodson of the Newton County (Ark.) Historical Society, Virginia genealogist Brigitte Burkett, genealogist Christopher Challender Child of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, David Lee Dunham, Leon McCurry, Robert Mardock, Rae Janette McCurry Marshall, Virginia Goeldner and Maya Soetoro-Ng. Still another ancestor was said to have been slain by pirates. Yet another lost a son in the Civil War to pro-slavery bushwackers who torched the man's home and threw burning coals on his infant daughter.

And, four centuries ago, his great- great-great-great-great-great- great-great-grandfather was a respected warrior and leader in eastern Africa.

It would take an orchard to contain all of Sen. Barack Obama's diverse ancestral branches.

Obama -- who has seven half-brothers and half-sisters spread across more than 10,000 miles -- has ancestors who were born in Kenya, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and the Netherlands, the Sun-Times found in an exhaustive look at the South Side Democratic presidential hopeful's family history.

Obama's heritage is a key part of his public persona. He explored his ancestry in his memoir, Dreams From My Father, asking: "What is a family? Is it just a genetic chain, parents and offspring, people like me?"

And when he introduced himself to the nation in his 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote speech, Obama said he was "grateful for the diversity of my heritage."

"I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that, in no other country on earth is my story even possible," he told a packed convention hall in Boston.

Our research began with Obama's own writings and genealogical work already done by William Addams Reitwiesner and other researchers. Then, we pored over documents on Ancestry.com and from other sources and interviewed descendants, historians and genealogists.

Like many Americans with deep roots in this country, Obama has ancestors who were slave owners. But unlike many African Americans, he is not known to have any who were slaves.

Obama definitely has presidential timber in his family tree: He's distantly related to three U.S. presidents -- Harry S Truman, George W. Bush and George Herbert Walker Bush -- as well as to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Which, genealogists say, isn't all that unusual, particulary for people with ancestors from New England.

"I found I'm related to 18 presidents," said Christopher Challender Child, a genealogist with the New England Historic Genealogical Society who has researched Obama's ancestry. "With presidents with New England ancestry, you will find a lot of them are related to one another."

Bush and his father, for instance, are distantly related to 16 other presidents. And Franklin Delano Roosevelt shared ancestors with 17 others.

And, as dramatic as some of the leaves on Obama's family tree might seem, Child said most people who trace their lineage back several generations would find comparable intrigue.

"They're interesting," the genealogist said of Obama's ancestors. "But a lot of people will find they have similar interesting stories."

Even a distant Obama relative downplayed the family's past.

"I didn't find too many unusual things," said Rae Janette McCurry Marshall, 77, who is a first cousin, twice removed, of Obama. "The most unusual was that Sen. Obama is in our family. We never had anyone that famous."

Not that that guarantees Obama her vote.

"I've always been a staunch Republican," said Marshall, a retired schoolteacher and bowling alley operator from El Reno, Okla. "I'd like to know where he stands on a lot of things."


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Is George Washington in your family tree? Or maybe . . . Benedict Arnold?
There's no telling what you might find once you start rooting around in your family's past.

Genealogy has always been a popular hobby. And now, thanks to the Internet, census records, birth and death information, oral histories and the like are more accessible than ever, experts say.

Researching your genealogy can be consuming, though. Some amateurs spend decades tracing the roots and branches of their family trees. And professionals caution that establishing connections between ancestors through the clouds of history requires diligence, persistence and lots of patience.

There are plenty of Web sites that can help you get started. Here are some of the more popular ones:

• [link to www.ancestry.com] requires a subscription, but it's a treasure trove of documents.

• [link to www.rootsweb.com] is owned by the company that owns ancestry.com, but it's a free site that offers plenty of instructions, information and links.

• [link to www.usgenweb.org] is free and run by volunteers. The USGenWeb Project site provides links to documents, databases and sites all over the country.

• genealogy.about.com has lots of information about how to get started, plus links to sources for documents, tools and other help.

• [link to www.heritagequestonline.com] has census records, Revolutionary War documents, information on freed slaves and more. It can be accessed free at many major public libraries or from a home computer with a valid Chicago Public Library card.

• [link to www.cyberdriveillinois.com] an Illinois State Archives site, includes databases on emancipated slaves, veterans of the Civil War and other conflicts, marriages and deaths and more. The site also has instructions on how to get started tracing your family tree.

• [link to www.chipublib.org] a Chicago Public Library site, has a list of resources. Also, many libraries have their own collections of old books, land records and wills.
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Son of presidents and tribal chiefs
In a special report, Sun-Times Political Editor Scott Fornek reveals Barack Obama's remarkably far-flung family tree
Recommend (26) Comments

September 9, 2007

BY SCOTT FORNEK Political Editor
One of his ancestors accused a fellow New England colonist of witchcraft and later stole from the governor's house.

Another had two brothers killed by American Indians, who scalped one brother and kidnapped the other's daughter.

» Click to enlarge image

White House hopeful Barack Obama already has presidential timber in his family tree: He is distantly related to three U.S. presidents.



PHOTO GALLERY


Obama Family Tree

RELATED STORIES
Bios of Obama’s family members
Interactive: Obama's family tree
Special section: Barack Obama
PDF: Obama's family tree
Political coverage: Lynn Sweet's blog


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To trace Barack Obama's heritage, the Sun-Times started with his book, Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, and the genealogical research of William Addams Reitwiesner on Reitwiesner's Web site, www.wargs.com. In addition, we verified information and dug up new facts with documents on Ancestry.com, in state archives, from public libraries and from other sources. Those who helped include Sam Dunnam of Dunham-Singletary Family Connections, Donna Dodson of the Newton County (Ark.) Historical Society, Virginia genealogist Brigitte Burkett, genealogist Christopher Challender Child of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, David Lee Dunham, Leon McCurry, Robert Mardock, Rae Janette McCurry Marshall, Virginia Goeldner and Maya Soetoro-Ng. Still another ancestor was said to have been slain by pirates. Yet another lost a son in the Civil War to pro-slavery bushwackers who torched the man's home and threw burning coals on his infant daughter.

And, four centuries ago, his great- great-great-great-great-great- great-great-grandfather was a respected warrior and leader in eastern Africa.

It would take an orchard to contain all of Sen. Barack Obama's diverse ancestral branches.

Obama -- who has seven half-brothers and half-sisters spread across more than 10,000 miles -- has ancestors who were born in Kenya, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and the Netherlands, the Sun-Times found in an exhaustive look at the South Side Democratic presidential hopeful's family history.

Obama's heritage is a key part of his public persona. He explored his ancestry in his memoir, Dreams From My Father, asking: "What is a family? Is it just a genetic chain, parents and offspring, people like me?"

And when he introduced himself to the nation in his 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote speech, Obama said he was "grateful for the diversity of my heritage."

"I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that, in no other country on earth is my story even possible," he told a packed convention hall in Boston.

Our research began with Obama's own writings and genealogical work already done by William Addams Reitwiesner and other researchers. Then, we pored over documents on Ancestry.com and from other sources and interviewed descendants, historians and genealogists.

Like many Americans with deep roots in this country, Obama has ancestors who were slave owners. But unlike many African Americans, he is not known to have any who were slaves.

Obama definitely has presidential timber in his family tree: He's distantly related to three U.S. presidents -- Harry S Truman, George W. Bush and George Herbert Walker Bush -- as well as to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Which, genealogists say, isn't all that unusual, particulary for people with ancestors from New England.

"I found I'm related to 18 presidents," said Christopher Challender Child, a genealogist with the New England Historic Genealogical Society who has researched Obama's ancestry. "With presidents with New England ancestry, you will find a lot of them are related to one another."

Bush and his father, for instance, are distantly related to 16 other presidents. And Franklin Delano Roosevelt shared ancestors with 17 others.

And, as dramatic as some of the leaves on Obama's family tree might seem, Child said most people who trace their lineage back several generations would find comparable intrigue.

"They're interesting," the genealogist said of Obama's ancestors. "But a lot of people will find they have similar interesting stories."

Even a distant Obama relative downplayed the family's past.

"I didn't find too many unusual things," said Rae Janette McCurry Marshall, 77, who is a first cousin, twice removed, of Obama. "The most unusual was that Sen. Obama is in our family. We never had anyone that famous."

Not that that guarantees Obama her vote.

"I've always been a staunch Republican," said Marshall, a retired schoolteacher and bowling alley operator from El Reno, Okla. "I'd like to know where he stands on a lot of things."


You can find your family, too
Is George Washington in your family tree? Or maybe . . . Benedict Arnold?
There's no telling what you might find once you start rooting around in your family's past.

Genealogy has always been a popular hobby. And now, thanks to the Internet, census records, birth and death information, oral histories and the like are more accessible than ever, experts say.

Researching your genealogy can be consuming, though. Some amateurs spend decades tracing the roots and branches of their family trees. And professionals caution that establishing connections between ancestors through the clouds of history requires diligence, persistence and lots of patience.

There are plenty of Web sites that can help you get started. Here are some of the more popular ones:

• [link to www.ancestry.com] requires a subscription, but it's a treasure trove of documents.

• [link to www.rootsweb.com] is owned by the company that owns ancestry.com, but it's a free site that offers plenty of instructions, information and links.

• [link to www.usgenweb.org] is free and run by volunteers. The USGenWeb Project site provides links to documents, databases and sites all over the country.

• genealogy.about.com has lots of information about how to get started, plus links to sources for documents, tools and other help.

• [link to www.heritagequestonline.com] has census records, Revolutionary War documents, information on freed slaves and more. It can be accessed free at many major public libraries or from a home computer with a valid Chicago Public Library card.

• [link to www.cyberdriveillinois.com] an Illinois State Archives site, includes databases on emancipated slaves, veterans of the Civil War and other conflicts, marriages and deaths and more. The site also has instructions on how to get started tracing your family tree.

• [link to www.chipublib.org] a Chicago Public Library site, has a list of resources. Also, many libraries have their own collections of old books, land records and wills.
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