On Sat, 23 Dec 2000, Scott Hirst wrote:
> Larry,by the way, I assume you take information from the message
> boards for placement in the web site?
Yes, I do.
I have just (last night) returned from a week out of state. The trip back
was a 14-hour drive through winter weather conditions which were at times
harrowing. Sarah may be one of the nation's most tolerant and
good-natured two-year-olds, but even she got tired of spending all that
time strapped into a child seat (even with frequent breaks for her to run
around service plazas).
I did get to spend a little bit of time (not enough!) at the Connecticut
Historical Society and the Connecticut State Library, both in Hartford.
Due to the snow and time constraints, I did not get to visit any
I did bring with me the book "American Political Dynasties," recommended
some time ago by Louis Epstein, and found at the Strand used book store in
NYC a couple of years ago. The book is tightly packed with a tremendous
amount of information on some sixteen families, from the Adamses to the
Kennedys; it is such a rich source that processing it all is slow going.
It is always a source of amazement to me how closely related the country's
old political families are.
Since several of the clusters on the Political Families page are getting
merged together, I'm adding a disclaimer to that page stating:
Note that some families traditionally (and perhaps properly)
considered separately are joined together here if linked by
marriage or otherwise. These groupings -- even the NAMES of
the groupings, and the state or lists of states of main
activity -- are the neutral result of a computer algorithim,
not the choices of any historian or genealogist.
Please feel free to suggest revisions to that.
Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year for everyone!
Lawrence Kestenbaum, polygon@...
The Political Graveyard, http://politicalgraveyard.com