First Ladies: Abigail Adams

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Abigail Smith was born on November 22, 1744 in Weymouth, Massachusetts to William Smith and Elizabeth Quincy Smith. Although she received no formal education, her mother taught her and her sisters to read and write and she had access to … Continued

Presidents: John Adams

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  John Adams was the 2nd President of the United States, having served as Vice President under George Washington. Adams is one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America and due to his correspondence we can take … Continued

Am I Related to Royalty?

Last week we discussed discovering our relationship to the Presidents of the United States.   Research has proven that all the Presidents are related to one another and share a common ancestor in Eleanor of Aquitaine, with the majority of the … Continued

First Ladies: Martha Washington

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Martha Dandridge was born on June 2, 1731 to John and Frances Jones Dandridge. At the age of eighteen, she married Daniel Parke Custis, on May 15, 1750.  He was a rich planter, two decades older than his young bride.  … Continued

Presidents: George Washington

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George Washington has the special distinction of being our first President of the United States and the only President unanimously voted in by the electoral college. George Washington was born to Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington.  … Continued

Am I related to a President?

Today we inaugurate a new president.  So, this seemed a good time to discuss our familial relationships with a President of the United States. So, how can we determine if there might be a connection with one of our forty-five … Continued

Native Americans Were Lower Class Citizens Than Slaves

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Did you know the American government considered Native Americans to be lower class citizens than slaves? I have a 3x Great-Grandfather who married a Cherokee Indian.  He is not listed anywhere on the 1820 or 1830 census records.  However, that … Continued