Declaration of Intention (to become a citizen) for Rachel Maddow's great-grandfather, John Smits
The g-word -- genealogy -- has popped up recently on The Rachel Maddow Show, prompted by Scott Brown's fixation on Elizabeth Warren's heritage. I've written previously about my head-scratching over this manufactured issue, but as both a genealogist and TRMS viewer, I suppose it was inevitable that I would eventually peek into Rachel's past, and the mere mention of my profession on her show was enough to trigger a little sleuthing on my part. So without further ado, here are some snippets of Ms. Maddow's family history:
- I wonder if Scott Brown would be able to tell that Rachel Maddow is one-quarter Dutch and one-half Canadian (with roots extending back mainly to Ireland and England). The remaining quarter of her ancestors were Jewish and self-identified as Russian and Polish at the time of their arrival in the U.S., but by today's borders, their old country hometowns are located in Ukraine and Lithuania.