Archive for January, 2010

Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. He was born in Hawaii just like my sister. According to her that makes him Hawaiian. He served as an Illinois State Senator from 1997-2004 He served as a U.S. Senator from 2005-2008 President Barack Hussein Obama II is my 8th great-grandfather’s wife’s […]


Constance Hopkins was born in England in 1606, and came to America on the Mayflower in 1620, landing at Plymouth Rock. Although Constance is not a direct ancestor, but rather a cousin’s inlaw, she is the first person I have been able to place on my tree who came over on the Mayflower. Constance Hopkins […]


Myles Standish is probably the most famous of the early Massachusetts settlers. The Pilgrims hired Myles, who was an English military officer, as military adviser for the Plymouth Colony. He came over on the Mayflower, and  was tasked with overseeing the colony’s defense. Soon after, on February 17, 1621, he was appointed the first commander […]


Bob Milligan sent me a photo of a plat map which he found hanging in the Lincoln Branch of the Alcona County Library. I found this old plat map hanging at the Lincoln branch library a few months ago.  Finally got around to taking a photo of it. Quite interesting. There is no date but […]


Lowell J Thomas was a writer, broadcaster, and traveller, best known as the man who made Lawrence of Arabia famous. He is my 8th cousin 5 times removed through our shared ancestor Edward Griswold. Jerry Milo Johnson to Film and Radio Star Lowell J Thomas


Sarah Palin was Governor of Alaska from 2007-2009, and was the 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate on the ticket of John McCain. She was the first woman Governor of Alaska. She may very well be the most polarizing political figure of the last 50 years. She is my 11th cousin twice removed. (You are welcome, […]


The Town of Griswold, where I weekend in the summer on Pachaug Lake, was named for Connecticut Governor Roger Griswold. He owns the distinction as being part of the first physical fight on the floor of the U.S. Congress. In 1798, for instance, Connecticut Federalist Roger Griswold had spoken badly about Republican Matthew Lyon’s war […]