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First Family Ties
12/1/2004
Do you have a president in your past? Trace your roots to the White House with this step-by-step guide.

If the idea of presidential blood — even just a little — flowing through your veins gets your heart rate going, you might want to sit down for this: 100 million Americans have family ties to one or more of the 42 US presidents. Gary Boyd Roberts, author of Ancestors of American Presidents, says almost anyone with New England ancestry is probably connected to dozens of presidents. Those with Quaker or Southern roots have a pretty good chance, too.

Perhaps you've heard a family story about your great-great-uncle being the cousin of Ulysses S. Grant. Maybe all those Washingtons or Lincolns in your family tree have raised your suspicions, or you just wonder whether you have a familial connection to the highest office in the land. Whatever your reasons, there's no better time to track down possible presidential forefathers than this election season.

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