Congratulations to my cousin Sarah Heath Palin!

Genealogists will love the fact that the new Republican choice for Vice President – Sarah Heath Palin is a descendant of multiple Mayflower passengers: John Tilley, John Howland, Stephen Hopkins, Elder William Brewster, Richard Warren and other well known New England families.

I am also descended from those Mayflower passengers …. so we’re cousins.

She is also a descendant of the Rev. John Lathrop – famous to genealogists as the “gateway” ancestor of many US Presidents, inventors, actors and celebrities.

No doubt in the days ahead we will see stories of how she is related to our other cousins: George Bush, Queen Elizabeth, Barack Obama, John Kerry, Dick Cheney, George Washington, King George III, King Henry VIII, Abraham Lincoln and the list will go on and on.

It’s a great day for genealogy!

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Written by Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp is the Director of Genealogy Products at GenealogyBank. Tom Kemp is an internationally known librarian and archivist – he is the author of over 35 genealogy books and hundreds of articles about genealogy and family history.

He previously served as the Chair of the National Council of Library & Information Associations (Washington, DC) and as Library Director of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

An active genealogist, he has been working on his own family history for 47 years. With the rapidly growing online archives at GenealogyBank – it is a great day for genealogy!

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5 thoughts on “Congratulations to my cousin Sarah Heath Palin!

  1. Aloha Cousin Tom,

    Far more fun and enriching than just seeing the stories that will appear in the days ahead, in the new Family Forest® it is possible to just point-and-click and visually explore the generation-by-generation family ties which connect Governor Palin to each of the people you mentioned, plus Hollywood and media celebrities such as Richard Gere, Cokie Roberts, Katharine Hepburn, Joanne Woodward, Julia Child, Ted Danson, Bing Crosby, Bruce Dern, Clint Eastwood, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, Tennessee Williams, Robert Redford, Raquel Welch, Don Imus, Christopher Lloyd, Lee Remick, David Hyde Pierce, Garrison Keillor, Alec Baldwin and his brothers, Humphrey Bogart, Sam Waterston, Orson Welles, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Paul Giamatti, and many others. http://www.familyforest.wordpress.com

    Best Regards,

    Bruce Harrison

  2. When will you people get off the "slave train"? Study your history – slaves were brought here from Africa by their own people – blacks – who sold them to the Spaniards who brought them to the new world. Everyone had slaves back then, Washington, Jefferson and the Adams's. That period in history is dead – or should be – and present day blacks just can't seen to let go. Who fuels racism> You do anonymous.

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