Saturday, August 23, 2008

Joe Biden is NOT my cousin...

Having been one of the first genea-bloggers to claim that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney ARE my distant cousins, and knowing that John McCain and Hillary Clinton are not my cousins, I thought I'd look for the Joe Biden family tree.

William Addams Reitwiesner's site at is always a good place to start for politicians and celebrity family trees, and he has Senator Joe Biden's family tree at

Unfortunately, Senator Biden is NOT my cousin, at least as far as I can tell from the limited data at the site. I would have loved to consider voting for a tandem of cousins. He has some Maryland and eastern Pennsylvania ancestry, and some England and Ireland immigrants in the early 19th century, but there is very little information before 1800.

I hope that John McCain picks Mitt Romney for his Vice-Presidential running mate - then I'd have a horse, er, cousin, in both stables, so to speak. If he picks Tim Pawlenty, then I don't think he's my cousin either - the research is pretty thin!

FYI, here are links to the family trees of Obama, Biden and McCain from the web site:

* Barack Obama
* Joe Biden
* John McCain

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