Presidential Roots Toolkit
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Books, Web sites and more
Find it on the Web

? The American Presidency

<gi.grolier.com/presidents/preshome. html>: Features hundreds of articles, speeches, photographs, multimedia presentations and other items associated with the history of all things presidential. Divided into three online encyclopedias.

? The American President

<www.americanpresident.org>: Companion site to the PBS series that profiled the presidents. Includes background information on all 10 episodes, presidential history resources and an online “polling booth” for discussion of current political issues.

? Genealogy of the US Presidents

<www.dcs.hull.ac.uk/public/genealogy/ presidents/>: University of Hull's searchable database of presidential CEDCOMs based on Funk & Wagnalls' The Presidents.

? The Internet Public Library's POTUS

<www.ipl.org/ref/POTUS/>: Named after the Secret Service's acronym for “President of the United States,” this site gives you the inside, online scoop on every US president. For each commander-in-chief, you'll find information and cross-referenced links for biography, election results, cabinet members, notable events, Internet biographies, historical documents, other Internet resources and interesting facts.

? Presidential Gallery

<www.corbis.com/jefferson/pres/pres_ frame_poi.html>: Official and unofficial portraits of US presidents, along with a slide show called “What Makes a President?”

? Presidential Genealogies on the Web

<homepages.rootsweb.com/~godwin/ reference/prez.htm>: Links to databases, historical and biographical information, publications and online genealogies of individual presidents.

? The Presidents of the United States

<www.netcolony.com/news/presidents/>: Claims to be the Web's most comprehensive site for presidential resources. Has alphabetized subject headings linked to sites with information about the presidents.

? US Presidential Ancestor Tables

<www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/ presidents/>: Ahnentafels, or ancestor tables, for all US presidents, based on Ancestors of American Presidents by Gary Boyd Roberts.

? The White House

<www.whitehouse.gov>: Includes an extensive history of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., from former first families to a historical tour in which you can go back in time to see how the rooms have changed.

The Descendants of the Presidents of the United States of America, 2nd revised edition, by Walter L. Zorn (W. L. Zorn, out of print).

Multimedia sources

? The American President, five-volume video series (PBS): Documentary series profiling 41 of America's chief executives.

? Presidential Family Forest CD-ROM (Millisecond Publishing)

Other books of presidential genealogies you may find useful include:

American Presidential Families by Hugh Brogan, Charles Mosley and David Prebenna (MacMillan Library Reference), which offers biographical details, descendant charts, male line ancestry and collateral descendant charts for each president.

? Burke's Presidential Families of the United States of America by Marcus Cunliffe, Lesley Hume Cunliffe and David Williamson (Burke's Peerage), a guide to the first families of America, covering the character, career, writings, ancestry, wives, siblings and descendants of 39 US presidents from George Washington to Ronald Reagan.


On the bookshelf

? The American President, companion book to PBS documentary, by Philip B. Kunhardt jr., Philip B. Kunhardt III and Peter W Kunhardt (PBS)

? American Presidential Families by Hugh Brogan, Charles Mosley and David Prebenna (Macmillan Library Reference)

? The American Presidents: An Annotated Bibliography by Norman S. Cohen (Salem Press)

? Ancestors of American Presidents by Gary Boyd Roberts (Boyer)

? Burke's Presidential Families of the United States of America by Marcus Cunliffe, Lesley Hume Cunliffe and David Williamson (Burke's Peerage)

? The Descendants of the Presidents of the United States of America, 2nd revised edition, by Walter L. Zorn (W. L. Zorn, out of print)

? First Families: The Making Of An American Aristocracy by Nathaniel Burt (Boston & Toronto, out of print)

? The Patriot's Handbook by George Grant (Cumberland House Publishing)

? Presidential Sites: A Directory of Places Associated with Presidents of the United States by William G. Clotworthy (McDonald & Woodward Publications)

? The Reader's Companion to the American Presidency edited by Alan Brinkley and Davis Dyer (Houghton Mifflin)

? Records of the Presidency: Presidential Papers and Libraries from Washington to Reagan by Frank L. Schick (Oryx Press, out of print)

? To the Best of My Ability: The American Presidents by James M. McPherson (DK Publishing)

? Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb? A Tour of Presidential Gravesites by Brian Lamb (C-Span)

From the February 2001 issue of Family Tree Magazine
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