I am a political junkie. I can't help myself. I've never missed voting in any election since I was 18 including all local elections. So, it's an election year without an incumbent president so there's two parties to watch and take in. In years past I would always dart over to www.wargs.com to see the ancestry of the candidates, but Bill died in 2010, so that's not an option anymore. Hillary's ancestry is still there since she ran in 2008. Of the main contestants left, we have Bernie Sanders, of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, Ted Cruz, half-Cuban, half-American with some traceable American ancestry one would presume, Marco Rubio, 100% Cuban, and Donald Trump who is essentially half-German and half-Scottish. I'm sure someone will trace all their ancestries at some point. The interesting thing about Hillary's ancestry is that she has traceable French-Canadian ancestry. If elected president she would be the first one with such ancestry. Likewise, Bernie would be the first Jewish president and either Cruz or Rubio, the first with Hispanic ancestry. This is coming on the heels of someone with African ancestry.
If you like presidents and genealogy, I highly suggest buying Ancestors of the American Presidents by Gary Boyd Roberts (NEHGS, Boston, Mass., 2009). I have to say I am mentioned in the book since I did some research on Garfield, Taft, and Hayes. This volume explores the known ancestry of all 43 presidents (Cleveland counts once but served twice). It shows the sources and the interrelationships of all the presidents among themselves. There are also sections on the royal descents of presidents, the Mayflower lines of presidents, and their connection with the modern English royal family. Of course, this is a way for you to find out if you have a president in your family tree. I always knew we had one since I had a Cleveland line and I was told that it was the same as the president's. Turned out that this family story was true.
I may take some time in the upcoming weeks to discuss presidential genealogy. Stay tuned.