Thaddeus McCotter

by follers on December 11, 2016

Birth Name: Thaddeus George McCotter

Place of Birth: Livonia, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 22, 1965

Ethnicity: Irish, German

Thaddeus McCotter is an American politician and radio host. A Republican, he served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan, from January 3, 2003 to July 6, 2012.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2012.

Thaddeus is the son of Georgia Joan (Farabaugh) and Dennis V. McCotter.

Thaddeus’s paternal grandparents were Frank McCotter and Agnes. Frank was born in Northern Ireland.

Thaddeus’s maternal grandfather was George J. Farabaugh (the son of Francis Englebert Farabaugh and Theresa Anna Anna). Francis was the son of Edward Fehrenbacher, whose parents were German, from Baden, and of Catharine Elizabeth Hartman, who was also of German descent. Theresa was the daughter of Charles Anna, who was born in Bavaria, Germany, and of Justina Long, who was of German descent.

Thaddeus’s maternal grandmother was Sylvia Ball.

Sources: Thaddeus’s paternal grandparents, Frank McCotter and Agnes, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Thaddeus McCotter (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.farabaugh.org


Jill Stein

by madman on June 7, 2016

photo by Gage Skidmore

Birth Name: Jill Ellen Stein

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Date of Birth: May 14, 1950

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jill Stein is an American physician, activist, and politician.

She was the Green Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2012 and 2016.

Jill is the daughter of Gladys (Wool) and Joseph Stein.

Jill’s paternal grandparents were Abraham “Abe” Stein and Lillian/Lily Zeidman/Zudman (the daughter of Joseph Zeidman and Sarah Green). Abraham was a Jewish immigrant from Russia/Poland. Lillian was born in London, England, to Russian Jewish parents.

Jill’s maternal grandparents were Israel William Wool (the son of Aaron Wool and Rose Lerner) and Mae Surslossky/Swislow. Israel and Mae were Russian Jewish immigrants. Israel was from Volhynia. Aaron was the son of Joseph Wool.

Sources: http://forward.com

Genealogy of Jill Stein – https://www.geni.com

Jill’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jill’s paternal grandmother, Lillian/Lily Zeidman/Zudman, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jill’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jill’s maternal grandfather, Israel Wool, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org


Herman Cain

by follers on September 16, 2015

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 17: Presidential candidate Herman Cain ad

Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee

Date of Birth: December 13, 1945

Ethnicity: African-American

Herman Cain is an American author, businessperson, radio host, columnist, and Tea Party activist. He was Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, from January 1, 1995 to August 19, 1996, and President of the National Restaurant Association, from 1996 to 1999.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2000 and 2012.

Herman is the son of Lenora (Davis) and Luther Cain, Jr.

Herman’s paternal grandfather was Luther Cain, Sr. (the son of Henry William Cain and Susan Jones). Henry was the son of Washington Cain/Kane and Phoebe Washington.

Herman’s paternal grandmother was Linnie May Miller (the daughter of Aaron Miller and Linnie Bell Bennett). Aaron was the son of Archie Miller and Fannie. Linnie was the daughter of Richmond Bennett and Sarah Jane Tucker.

Herman’s maternal grandparents were Eugene Davis (the son of James “Jim” Davis and Dora Furr) and Fannie Lou Hoke (the daughter of Robert Hoke and Katie Hill or Jones).

Sources: Genealogy of Herman Cain – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Herman Cain (focusing on his father’s side) – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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Michele Bachmann

by follers on January 29, 2015

Michele Bachmann

Birth Name: Michele Marie Amble

Place of Birth: Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 6, 1956

Ethnicity: Norwegian

Michele Bachmann is an American politician. A Republican, she served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota, from January 3, 2007 to January 3, 2015.

She was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2012.

Michele is the daughter of Arlene Jean (Johnson) and David John Amble. She is married to Marcus Bachmann, who is of Swiss descent.

Michele has stated, “I’m an Iowegian. For those of you who don’t know it, that means I’m an Iowan and 100% Norwegian”. Michele is indeed of entirely Norwegian descent.

Michele’s paternal grandfather was Jesse Alvin Amble (the son of Anfind Nielsen Amble and Sigrid “Sarah” Tiegen). Anfind was born in Sogndal, Norway, the son of Niels Anfindsen Amble and Christina/Kristi Hansdatter/Hansdotter Offerdahl/Offerdal. Sigrid was born in Minnesota, to Norwegian parents, Jens Eiriksson Teigen and Anna Johannesdotter Venes.

Michele’s paternal grandmother was Ann Tomina Munson (the daughter of Thomas Wilhelm/William Munson and Anna Robinson). Thomas was born in Iowa, the son of Norwegian parents, Halver/Halvor Monsson/Monson/Munson Wamberg and Anna Jørgensdotter Aaberge/Aaberg. Michele’s great-grandmother Anna was born in Iowa, the daughter of Norwegian parents, Anders/Andrew Larsson Hellegaard/Robinson and Sigrid/Siri/Sarah Hansdatter/Hansdotter Breum/Braham, from Jostedal, Sogn og Fjordane.

Michele’s maternal grandfather was Oscar Casper Gunner/Gunder Johnson (the son of Gunder Johnsson/Johnson Tuff and Kari Mikaelsdotter/Michaelson Bjølverud). Oscar was born in Winnebago, Iowa, to Norwegian parents. Michele’s great-grandfather Gunder was the son of John Pedersson Tuff and Barbro Gundersdotter, from Vestre Slidre, Oppland. Kari was the daughter of Mikal Mikalsen Thøring/Bjølverud, from Lesjaverk, Oppland, and of Marit Olsdotter Bjølverud, from Lesja, Oppland.

Michele’s maternal grandmother was Laura Overa Thompson (the daughter of Ole Tostensson/Tostenson/Thompson Brujordet and Carrie Brones). Ole was born in Skjak, Oppland, Norway, the son of Tostan/Tosten Sulheimsøien Larson and Torø/Torie Olsdtr/Olson Kroken/Brujordet. Carrie was born in Iowa, to Norwegian parents, Peder/Peter N. Brunes/Brones, from Modum, Buskerud, and Harriett “Hattie” Peters.

Sources: Genealogies of Michele Bachmann – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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Barack Obama

by ethnic on December 29, 2014

Barack Obama

Birth Name: Barack Hussein Obama II

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 4, 1961

*Luo Kenyan (father)
*English, small amounts of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, French, possibly remote African (mother)

Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States, having served as President since January 20, 2009. He was elected to the position in 2008 and 2012. A member of the Democratic Party, he was previously a Member of the Illinois Senate, from January 8, 1997 to November 4, 2004, and a U.S. Senator from Illinois, from January 3, 2005 to November 16, 2008. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009.

President Obama is the first person of African descent to serve as President of the United States. President Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. His father was black and his mother was white. His father, Barack Obama, a governmental economist, was born in Nyang’oma Kogelo, Rachuonyo District, Kenya Colony, and was a Kenyan of the Luo tribe. His mother, Stanley Ann (Dunham), an anthropologist, was born in Wichita, Kansas, and had English, and small amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, and French, ancestry. His father was a Muslim and his mother was from a family of non-practicing Baptists and Methodists. President Obama practices Protestant Christianity.

President Obama is married to lawyer and writer Michelle Obama (born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson). His daughter are Malia Obama and Sasha Obama. He lived in Indonesia from six to ten years old.

Genealogist William Addams Reitwiesner wrote President Obama’s ancestral lineage out as such, with approximate fractions:

*50% Luo Kenyan
*35.06% English
*4.69% Scottish
*3.91% Irish
*3.71% German
*1.56% Welsh
*0.98% Swiss
*0.1% French

President Obama’s paternal grandparents were Onyango (whose name was changed to Hussein Onyango Obama; the son of Obama and Nyaoke) and Habibah Akumu Nyanjoga (the daughter of Njango/Njoga). President Obama’s great-grandfather Obama was the son of Opiyo and Marrgorat.

President Obama’s maternal grandfather was Stanley Armour Dunham (the son of Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Sr. and Ruth Lucille Armour). Ralph was the son of Jacob William Dunham and Mary Ann Kearney. Ruth was the daughter of Harry Ellington Armour and Gabriella “Gabbie” Lee Clark.

President Obama’s maternal grandmother was Madelyn Lee Payne (the daughter of Rolla Charles Payne and Leona Belle McCurry). Rolla was the son of Charles Thomas Payne and Della L. Wolfley. Leona was the daughter of Thomas Creekmore McCurry and Margaret Belle Wright.

Aside from being the first person of African descent to serve as President of the United States, President Obama is the first person of African descent to be the presidential nominee of a major American party.

President Obama is the fourth person of African heritage to win a caucus and/or primary for a major American political party’s presidential nomination, having won 29+ states in 2008, and 50+ states in 2012. The previous winners are:
*Walter E. Fauntroy (1972; Democratic; won Washington, D.C.)
*Shirley Chisholm (1972; Democratic; won 3 contests, including New Jersey)
*Jesse Jackson (Democratic; in 1984, he won 2+ states; in 1988, he won 9+ states)

President Obama has distant Irish ancestry, going back to his great-great-great-grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, who arrived in the States in 1850, from Moneygall in Ireland. Research done by a team of genealogists has suggested that President Obama’s mother had remote African-American ancestry (in the 1600s), through possible descent from a slave named John Punch.

In page 13 of his autobiography, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995), President Obama writes that a distant ancestor of his mother’s “had indeed been a full-blooded Cherokee” [Native American]. No Cherokee Native American ancestry has yet been documented/verified for President Obama.

President Obama has referred to his mother’s ancestors as “Scotch-Irish mostly”, though their ancestry was predominantly English, with a smaller amount of Scots-Irish.

One of President Obama’s maternal ancestors, his ninth great-grandfather, Richard Singletary, was born, c. 1585, in Surfleet, Lincolnshire, England, to Francis Singletary and Agnes Cook. Richard’s son, Jonathan Singletary (later Dunham), was born, c. 1640, in Newbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony. President Obama’s “Dunham” line traces back to Jonathan.

Sources: Genealogies of President Barack Obama – http://www.wargs.com

Obituaries and genealogies of President Barack Obama’s parents – http://www.findagrave.com

Article about President Obama’s Irish ancestry – http://living.oneindia.in

Article suggesting that President Obama’s mother had remote African-American ancestry – http://www.nytimes.com

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