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. He is married to Rita (Michel), with whom he has three children.

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, U.S.

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. She is married to physician Richard Rohrer, with whom she has two children.

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, U.S.

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. He is married to Gloria, with whom he has two children.

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 clinical therapist Marcus Bachmann, who is of Swiss descent, and with whom she has five children.

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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Joe Biden

by ethnic on January 14, 2015

Birth Name: Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.

Place of Birth: Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 20, 1942

*English, German, Irish (father)
*Irish (mother)

Joe Biden is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 47th Vice President of the United States, from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017. He was elected to the position in 2008 and 2012. He was previously a U.S. Senator from Delaware, from January 3, 1973 to January 15, 2009.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1988 and 2008.

Vice President Biden is the son of Catherine Eugenia “Jean” (Finnegan) and Joseph Robinette Biden. His father was of English, Irish, and German descent (the latter from his “Bomberger” and “Launderslager” lines), and also possibly had distant French roots (from the family surname “Robinette”). Vice President Biden’s mother’s ancestry was entirely Irish.

Vice President Biden is married to Jill Biden, an educator, with whom he has a daughter. He was previously married to Neilia Hunter, until her death. The couple had three children together, including Beau Biden, who served as Attorney General of Delaware, and who died in 2015.

Vice President Biden’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Harry Biden (the son of George T. Biden and Mary Emily/Emeline Lidell/Liddell). George was the son of Joseph J./Harry Biden and Lydia Ann Randle. Mary was the daughter of Robert Theodore Lidell/Liddell and Susan E. Bomberger.

Vice President Biden’s paternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Robinette (the daughter of George Hamilton Robinette and Mary Ann Hanafee). George was the son of Moses Johnson Robinette and Jane Elizabeth/Eliza Pumphrey. Vice President Biden’s great-grandmother Mary Hanafee was the daughter of John Hanafy/Hanafee, who was Irish, and of Mary Ward, who was born in London, to Irish parents, from Galway, Gaillimh, Ireland.

Vice President Biden’s maternal grandfather was Ambrose Joseph Finnegan (the son of James Finnegan and Catherine Roche). James was born in Ireland, the son of Owen Finnegan and Jane Boyle. Catherine was born in New York, to Irish parents, Thomas Roche and Bridget.

Vice President Biden’s maternal grandmother was Geraldine Catherine/Catharine Blewitt (the daughter of Edward Francis Blewitt and Mary Ellen Stanton). Edward, a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Irish parents from Rappagh, co., Patrick Blewitt and Catharine/Catharine “Kate” Scanlon. Mary was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, James Stanton and Mary.

Sources: Genealogies of Vice President Biden – http://www.wargs.com

Family history of Vice President Biden (focusing on his mother’s side), by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak – http://irishamerica.com