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Great Expectations

So, if you’ve been at the genealogy thing for a certain amount of time you get to wondering if any of your ancestors are, well, famous. It would be nice, for instance, to be related to Thomas Jefferson. ( I am not)

I am related, distantly, to President Hayes but it might be cooler to be related to this Hayes. You can check out the genealogy of President Hayes here.

Anyway, one of the more interesting ancestors you can have, if you’re in the U.S., is a Mayflower ancestor. It’s such an interesting ancestor to have that there exists a Mayflower ancestor society. It’s a pretty interesting web site. I have hopes that I am related to the Mayflower passenger: Stephen Hopkins who was, quite an interesting person. Interestingly enough, Stephen Hopkins wasn’t a Pilgrim, but a stranger. It turns out that Pilgrims may not have been the nice, happy people that, in elementary school, we were led to believe they were. Hopefully, I’ll be able to close the last remaining questions about a few people in my ancestry and be able to ‘prove’ that Stephen Hopkins was an ancestor of mine.

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