06 November 2012

Today is Election Day! What About Our Ancestors, Their Party Affiliations and Voting?

Today is election day!  Many of us have and will voted in this elections!  Have you researched your ancestors and their participation in elections?

Here are some resources on how we might research our ancestors and their involvement in elections.

  1. How Did Great-Grandfather Vote? [article in PDF]
  2. The Daily Genealogist: Ancestral Political Affiliations [blog post]
  3. Examining Ancestors With A Political Eye [blog post]
  4. Did My Ancestors Vote [Genealogy About.com]

Some other thoughts on determining your ancestor’s political affiliation ...

·    Children's names may provide an answer.
·    Look in the newspaper. Some newspapers clearly had a political-affiliation and a mention of your ancestor in it or his subscription to it may tell you a lot about him!
·    What clubs did your ancestor belong to?

Don’t forget to check out the laws on “who” could vote!  Though emancipation freed the slaves, it didn’t guarantee them the vote?  When did women become eligible? How about your immigrant ancestor?

Also consider whether you ancestor ran for office.  I had a great uncle who did and it was fun to learn more about what office he ran for, the election results and much more!

What resources have helped you learn more about your ancestor, elections and voting?

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