E Pluribus Unum

My son and his family Halloween night. Hard to believe the adults qualify for AARP. The kids are proud of their Spanish heritage.

My son and his family Halloween night. Hard to believe the adults qualify for AARP. The kids are proud of their Spanish heritage.

Slowly, David and I are recovering from staying up until midnight election night.  Yes, we are political junkies. To me and David, nothing compares with watching the vote come in.

I began my career of following political results on election night as a teenager. In those days, Mom and I watched everything…the nomination process of the two parties, election night results, hearings, you name it. In the early days of TV, most of these events were broadcast by other than C-Span.

Later in life, as a professional demographer, I was tasked via my job with various activities related to elections.

These days, with the exceptions of Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Colorado, most states are locked into ‘Red’ or ‘Blue’ voting.  I like living in a state where you don’t know who will win until the wee hours of the morning, if then.  Although the Washington Post has declared Mark Warner won his campaign for re-election as one of our two Virginia senators, other news sources are holding out.


I have resumed work on my family genealogy, which means I get obsessive about finding this or that record. Because I have a tendency to become lost in my tree, I set myself a goal each day, then move on to something else like fixing a meal or washing a load of clothes.  Yesterday, I was showing David the pension records for ancestors who fought for the Union in the Civil War and he says, “I’m going to look for mine.”  Unless they were Union prisoners, he won’t have a great deal of luck, I fear. All his ancestors on his dad’s side were German immigrants and their descendants, owned slaves, and fought for the Confederacy.  Heck, he has ancestors who were Russian and ancestors who were German and fought each other.

While I was in California, I shared some of the information I had discovered about certain ancestors who settled in New England, some of whom were known as “Indian fighters.” “I wish they weren’t,” I told Wendy, but they were. And with good reason.  In that part of the world, the French stirred up the Indians and incited them to kill British settlers during the French and Indian wars.

All my kids and grandkids have American Indian antecedents, so once again I discover we have ancestors who killed each other.

Oh well, time to get over all this race and ethnic divisiveness I think. Under the covers we are a very mixed lot.


14 thoughts on “E Pluribus Unum

  1. I’ve been an election night junkie for many years. It seems now, though, the polls are getting so accurate there’s not much to worry over until the bitter end. Our Michigan results were right down the line what the pollsters predicted and the national races were similar. Went to bed a little early this year.


  2. A good-looking family group indeed. It is definitely (past) time to lose ethnic and racial divisiveness. I imagine that many if not most families today (if they were as capable of doing the research as you are) would find as much diversity.And I think such knowledge would be good for the families and for society!


  3. I have been researching my family and my hub’s family off and on for years. It is frustrating but fun learning about the characters in our family tree. I am investigating skeletons in the closet and find that family stories/information are often inaccurate.


  4. I like your phrase — under the covers we are a very mixed lot. I don’t know much about my ancestors, esp. my father’s family, but my niece recently married a Jewish man who’s grandfather came from Minsk. Her mother (my cousin) wonders if our Lutheran grandfather (who may have come from Minsk) was persecuting her daughter’s husband’s great grandfather. Nothing to brag about; but, if true, just one of those curious coincidences of history.


    • Actually paraphrasing a comment by a former German Prime Minister, who was speaking of his own country’s population decline following WWII. As for persecution, I remind David every group has experienced its share, perhaps the Jews more than any other group. David’s mom immigrated from Russia, but we think she was a White Russian…horribly persecuted by the Reds. And yes, the Jews in Minsk suffered during the Pograms.


  5. Love the photo of your son and his family. They make a very festive group. Gregg has American Indians in his family on his Dad’s side. In fact two of his cousins were flying to ND to attend one of the children’s naming ceremony.


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