I always thought that genealogy was for people whose blood ran blue. It was for folks who traced their ancestry to the Mayflower or the American Revolution, not those who came over in steerage one step ahead of the Cossacks.
According to Lynne Cheney, her husband, Dick, and presidential hopeful Barack Obama have a common ancestor, but don’t expect a family reunion any time soon. As Obama’s spokesman quipped: “Obviously, Dick Cheney is sort of the black sheep of the family.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton is descended from a slave once owned by Strom Thurmond’s family, according to genealogists working on behalf of The New York Daily News. Sharpton called the revelation “probably the most shocking thing in my life.”