That “Old Political” Affiliation

If a biography of an ancestor refers to him as a Whig, a Federalist, or a member of any political party, have you determined what that affiliation likely meant at that point in time? There may be a history lesson there.

If your relative named a child for a politician, what was that politician known for?

There may be clues in those affiliations–or at least a chance to improve your knowledge of historian.