Welcome to the November 4, 2008 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. The topic for this edition is, Politics and Our Ancestors! On this, the U.S. Presidential Election Day, we are looking back at how we and our family members were involved with the politics of our time. Some have written about elected officials on their family tree, others are reflecting on their family's participation in the voting process. It's an interesting look at politics and politicians from the genealogist's point of view. Go grab yourself a big glass of red pop and... no wait! Have you voted yet??? If you haven't voted yet go do that now and then come back and read this timely and topical edition of the COG. We'll be here waiting. Go on now!
Dorene Paul presents The First Female Jury in Erie County posted at Sandusky History, saying, "My college roommate's great aunt was Mrs. Alice Hertlein, a member of the first all-female jury in Erie County, Ohio. Alice Hertlein was also a former president of the Equal Suffrage League of Erie County, and a life member of the Ohio Suffrage Association."
Randy Seaver presents Political Persuasions posted at Genea-Musings.
Tim Agazio presents Politics and My Family posted at Genealogy Reviews Online.
Bill West presents VOTE! posted at West in New England, saying, "I don't know much about my ancestors' political views but I'm lucky enough to have lived in Massachusetts where only sports is more popular than politics...by a very slim margin!"
Craig Manson presents Vote! posted at GeneaBlogie, saying, "Not everyone of my ancestors had the right to vote when they came here. But some who were left out got that right in the 1860's and 1870's; only to see it snatch away again. Nonetheless, black or white, go vote--the price that's been paid is too precious to ignore."
M. Diane Rogers presents Politics in the Family: Carnival of Genealogy - 59th Edition posted at CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt', saying, "Family politics may be hard to research; a 1954 Cookbook might provide a clue if you had relatives living in British Columbia in Canada then."
Jessica Oswalt presents Politics and My Ancestors ... posted at Jessica's Genejournal, saying, "This article is a brief overview of the known political beliefs of my ancestors or their siblings."
Cathy Palm presents Republican Senator From Arizona? Not In 1946! posted at Detour Through History, saying, "Who lost the Arizona Senate race in 1946?"
Amy Coffin presents We Tree: The Politics of Genealogy (59th COG) posted at We Tree, saying, "This election day, step right up and cast your vote for John Williamson: early Arkansas legislator, state senate president, acting governor and my gggg grandfather"
Janet Iles presents Politics and my ancestors posted at Janet the researcher, saying, "Some of Janet's ancestors supported the reformer and rebel, William Lyon MacKenzie when he ran for the provincial legislature."
Wendy Littrell presents Political Road Map posted at All My Branches Genealogy, saying, "My family has bled both red and blue for generations with some of them switching political allegiances at mid-life. This article also brought me in touch with two distant cousins (Becky Wiseman and Julie Cahill Tarr)!"
Steve Danko presents Growing Up With Albany's Democratic Machine posted at Steve's Genealogy Blog, saying, "Growing up in a community controlled by a led to an interesting, though possibly skewed, view of politics!"
Julie Cahill Tarr at GenBlog discovered a signer of the Declaration of Independence in her family tree. Read about it in Family Pioneers.
Linda Stienstra presents He Supported Andrew Jackson in 1832 posted at From Axer to Ziegler, saying, "As far back as 1832 they were squabbling about Politics! The more things change. . . the more they remain the same!"
John Newmark presents CoG #59: Apathy is foreign to my genes posted at Transylvanian Dutch.
Val M presents An Imperfect Politician - The Election and Career of a Pa. Legislator and How Things Haven't Changed From 1894-2008 posted at One Point in Time, saying, "There was a lot to this politician's Congressional doings that the mainstream local histories and county biographies--well, just forget to mention. At the same time, his was an interestingly familiar story, one that in this turbulent political season may just prove that some things don't entirely change with time."
Thomas MacEntee presents Destination: Austin Family: The Family Politic posted at Destination: Austin Family, saying, "Despite our political differences, people in my family could always enjoy a good political debate and yet, at the end of the evening, still walk away with respect for the other person's beliefs."
footnoteMaven presents A Democrat In Republican Territory posted at footnoteMaven, saying, "Sentiments against the southern sympathizers of the Democratic Party still ran high in Carroll County, eleven years after the end of the War Between the States. My Great Great Grandfather John Campbell had been a slave owning southern sympathizer, but he had received the votes of members of both parties."
Becky Wiseman presents Did they get involved? Umm, not so much. posted at kinexxions, saying, "Not so much apathy but rather an aversion to holding public office appears to run in the family... for generations!"
Jasia presents My Family's Voting History, Part 1 and My Family's Voting History, Part 2, posted at Creative Gene, saying, "I took a look back at the first elections my ancestors could participate in and also reflected back on my own early election memories."
Donna presents Politics Then and Now posted at What's Past is Prologue, saying, "Politics Then and Now in which I take a look at the electoral process in the countries of my immigrant ancestors to see the differences between what they came from and what they had here."
Bob Kramp presents Three ran for Political office; two won posted at Life's Journey, saying, "Though I'm not so active in politics, especially local elections, I do vote in nationals. I am proud that several of my ancestors ran for an elected office, even if they were minor ones. And I suppose and hope they didn't disgrace the offices in which they served."
geneadiva presents Election Study Fun posted at GeneaDiva's History, Genealogy and "Stuff", saying, "My family did an election study in 2004 which we enjoyed very much."
That concludes this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. Didn't you much prefer this to all the phone calls and television campaign ads? I'll bet you learned a lot too, didn't you? OK, now you can go off and watch the election returns (you did vote, didn't you?)
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