Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady
Born: October 26th, 1947  (age 69)

Clinton Ancestry

Hillary Clinton is of Welsh, English, French, Scottish and Native American ancestry.

Her paternal grandfather, Hugh Rodham, hails from County Durham in northern England. Her paternal great-grandparents, John and Mary Jones, meanwhile, were born in the coal mining settlement of Ystradyfodwg (now known as Rhondda), near Merthyr Tydfil in southern Wales. Both the Rodhams and Jones were lifelong coal miners by trade. In fact, evidence unearthed by genealogy expert Megan Smolenyak suggests that the parents of John Jones - William Jones and Mary Griffiths - may have been born into servitude.

Secretary Clinton’s maternal side is dominated by French Canadians who can trace their roots back to Frenchman Antoine Martin, her great-great-great grandfather, who traveled to Quebec, Canada from Alsace, France in the first half of the 19th century.

Martin’s wife, Mary Anne Frances McDougall (baptized Marie Françoise McDougal), was the daughter of James McDougall and Catherine Godet dite Marentette. Godet’s great-great-great grandfather, Nicolas Godé, hails from the ancient province of Perch in France. Nicolas, who traveled to Canada’s Nouvelle-France territories as part of the Percheron missionary immigration of the early 17th century, was killed on October 25, 1657 in Ville-Marie, Québec during a skirmish with men from the Iroquois Native American tribe.

Secretary Clinton made a surprising revelation about her Native American and Scottish ancestry in her 2003 memoir, Living History

“I’m still amazed at how my mother emerged from her lonely early life as such an affectionate and levelheaded woman. She was born in Chicago in 1919. Her father, Edwin John Howell, Jr., was a Chicago firefighter, and his wife, Della Murray, was one of nine children from a family of French Canadian, Scottish and Native American ancestry.”

On March 1, 2010, Hillary paid tribute to her Celtic roots in an official State Department statement to the people of Wales in honor of St David's Day.

“As an American of Welsh descent, I have always had a special place in my heart for Wales – both the beauty of its land and the determination of its people. Welsh-Americans have contributed to the culture and prosperity of the United States since our earliest days. American Presidents such as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Calvin Coolidge traced their heritage to Wales, as did icons like Frank Lloyd-Wright and Bette Davis.”

Genealogical detectives at the New England Historic Genealogical Society have also discovered that Secretary Clinton has a handful of royalties among her ancestors, including the King of the Franks, Charlemagne (747-814), William the Conqueror (1027-1087) and King Henry II (1133-1189). More contemporary relatives include Angelina Jolie (ninth cousins, twice removed), Celine Dion (11th cousins, once removed), Madonna (10th cousins, once removed) and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles (11th cousin, twice removed).

Interestingly, Secretary Clinton and Republican front runner Mr. Donald Trump also share a common ancestor - John of Gaunt (1340-1399), the 1st Duke of Lancaster and the third son of King Edward III (1312-1377). This makes them 19th cousins!

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Businessman, television personality and author
Born: June 14th, 1946  (age 71)

Trump Ancestry

Mr. Donald Trump is of German and Scottish ancestry.

His paternal grandfather, Frederick Trump (1869-1918, born Friederich Drumpf) hails from Kallstadt, a small administrative unit in the southern German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. A barber by trade, he left the rolling vineyards and cobblestone streets of Kallstadt in 1885 at the age of 16 to immigrate to the United States. Frederick Trump’s wife, Elisabeth Christ (1880-1966), also hails from Kallstadt. Mr. Trump’s father, Frederick Christ Trump (1905-1999), was born in the Bronx, New York.

His maternal grandparents, Malcolm MacLeod (1866-1954) and Mary Smith (1867-1963), were born in Tong, a fishing village in the Isle of Lewis, an island part of the Outer Hebrides archipelago located on Scotland’s west coast. Their daughter, Mary Anne MacLeod (1912-2000), emigrated to the United States in 1930 and would go on to marry Frederick Christ Trump six years later.

There have also been talks of a Swedish line in Mr. Trump’s ancestry, something even he previously believed in until as late as 1987. However, we now know that the Swedish heritage angle was a business strategy started by his father, Fred Trump, following the rise of fascism in Nazi Germany, owing to his large Jewish tenant base.

His story is classic Horatio Alger. Fred Trump was born in New Jersey in 1905. His father, who came here from Sweden as a child, owned a moderately successful restaurant, but he was also a hard liver and a hard drinker, and he died when my father was eleven years old.Trump: The Art of the Deal

Frederick Christ (pronounced Krist) Trump was born in New York City in 1905. From World War II until the 1980's, Mr. Trump would tell friends and acquaintances that he was of Swedish origin, although both his parents were born in Germany. John Walter, his nephew and the family historian, explained, "He had a lot of Jewish tenants and it wasn't a good thing to be German in those days."New York Times, June 26, 1999

If we delve deeper into Mr. Trump’s maternal line, we will find that he is a descendant of King Edward III (1312-1377), arguably the most historically influential medieval English king. Interestingly, King Edward III is fondly remembered for his Anglicization of England, whose culture and language had absorbed numerous French characteristics following the Norman conquest of England two centuries earlier. Mr. Trump is also a distant relative of Secretary Hillary Clinton (19th cousins) as they share a common ancestor - John of Gaunt (1340-1399), the 1st Duke of Lancaster.

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