With Presidents' Day in the U.S. this week, this is a good time to look at the ancestry of the U.S. presidents. After all, if your ancestors have been in the U.S. for 100 years or more, there is a strong possibility that your ancestry intersects with at least one of the U.S. presidents. The same can be said for many others of Canadian, British, Scottish, or Irish ancestry, as well as a few from the European continent.
You can find many sources of information about U.S. presidential genealogy. Probably the most scholarly resource is Gary Boyd Roberts' book, Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States. I wrote a review of this new book in a past newsletter. You can read that at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2006/04/the_royal_desce.html.
The Web is full of information about U.S. presidential ancestry, but with varying degrees of accuracy. Here is a list of some of those pages:
Presidential Ancestral Charts at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~lthurman/prsdnt/prsdnt.html
Genealogy of the U.S. presidents: http://www3.dcs.hull.ac.uk/public/genealogy/presidents/
Ancestry of George W. Bush: http://www.wargs.com/political/bush.html
Presidential Genealogy and Family History: http://www.presidentsusa.net/genealogy.html
Ancestry of George Washington: http://www.genealogy.com/famousfolks/georgew
Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln: http://www.genealogy.com/famousfolks/abrahaml/
Ancestry of John F. Kennedy: http://www.genealogy.com/famousfolks/kennedy/
Ancestry of Rutherford B. Hayes: http://www.rbhayes.org/rbhtree.htm