RJO’s Genealogy: “Notable Kin”

And after I became President, I found that I had all these relatives I didn’t know existed. (Laughter.) They just kept cropping up all over. And most of them had more limited resources than I did. I’ll tell you one real quick story. I did get one letter from a woman way up in her 80s in northeast Louisiana who showed me how John Grisham and I were like tenth cousins. And I wrote him a letter and said, praise God, you’re the first one that has any money—(laughter)—come to the White House tomorrow. (Laughter.) And it was really funny. It turned out it was true, she wrote him identical letters, we checked our lineage and we turned out to be kin. And one of us is still claiming it.

—Bill Clinton

These pages record my genealogical links to various noted figures. The search for such links to “notable kin” has been the special province of genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts, and many of the lines reported here are based on his columns in the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s news magazines Nexus and New England Ancestors, columns that have been anthologized under the title Notable Kin (vol. 1, 1998; vol. 2, 1999). Roberts has also published a comprehensive work on presidential genealogy (Ancestors of American Presidents, 1995) that forms the basis for the presidential links shown below.

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