US Vice Presidential nominee has Canadian, UK and German heritage
TORONTO, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - Controversial US vice presidential nominee Sarah
Louise Heath Palin is a proud American born in Sandpoint, Idaho, who can trace
her ancestry back to "American royalty" - those who landed on The Mayflower.
But how American is she really?
New research by family and social history website Ancestry.ca reveals
that Governor Palin also has Canadian heritage, which has been traced back
directly to St. Catharine's and Kingston, Ontario.
The story begins with her paternal great-great-grandfather Francis
(Frank) H Oriel who was born in Kingston, Ontario in May of 1832. His father,
Henry Francis Oriel, was born in Norfolk, England circa 1799, later immigrated
to Quebec and then he moved to Kingston, Ontario
Frank immigrated to the US in 1851; he was married to an American woman
Helen, who later died. He later remarried a woman named Ellen Dee in a
ceremony in St. Catharine's, Ontario. They returned to the US to live in
Chicago, where Governor Palin's great grandmother Addie (Alice Oriel) was
born, along with her sister Nellie Oriel. Alice then married Charles R Heath
from Chicago. This connection links Sarah Palin's bloodline directly to
Karen Peterson, Marketing Director, Ancestry.ca comments: "This
intriguing discovery, that the potential next Vice President of the United
States has Canadian heritage highlights the fact that most of us have family
origins in many different places: information that can be lost or forgotten
with each passing generation.
"Fortunately there are a great many historical records now available
online to help people to explore their roots. Who knows, perhaps Governor
Palin has new family members living in Canada just waiting to be discovered."
In addition to her Canadian heritage, the Governor of Alaska also has
European ancestry, with two maternal great-grandparents born in Germany - Mary
Schmolz, born in Frankfurt in 1860 to Carl Schmolz and Mary Schoettle, and
Charles Mueller, who travelled to the USA with his wife.
Similarly, her maternal ancestors can be traced to Norfolk in the east of
England in the early 18th Century.
Governor Palin's desire to lead might also run in the family, as another
distant relative is Edward Raynsford of Massachusetts, a merchant who claimed
descent from Henry III of England, the child king who reigned for 56 years
during the 13th Century.
Ancestry.ca was launched in January 2006 and has 410 million Canadian
names in such collections as the 1851, 1891, 1901, 1906 and 1911 Censuses of
Canada, Ontario and British Columbia vital records from as early as 1813,
Quebec Vital Records (The Drouin Collection), 1621-1957, Canadian Passenger
Lists, 1865 to 1935, and U.S./Canada Border Crossings from 1895 to 1956.
(*) Ancestry.ca is part of the global network of Ancestry websites (wholly
owned by The Generations Network, Inc.), which contains seven billion names in
26,000 historical record collections. To date more than 7.25 million family
trees have been created and 700 million names and 11.5 million photographs
uploaded. 5.8 million unique visitors logged on to an Ancestry website in
The Ancestry global network of family history websites - www.ancestry.ca
in Canada, www.ancestry.co.uk in the UK, www.ancestry.com.au in Australia,
www.ancestry.com in the US, www.ancestry.de in Germany, www.ancestry.it in
Italy, www.ancestry.fr in France and www.ancestry.se in Sweden.
(*) comScore, Unique Visitors, August 2008.
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