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The Search for Nancy Hanks

by Community Engagement | Sep 06, 2017
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The Search for Nancy Hanks:

A Historical Wild Goose Chase, Mitochondrial DNA, and the Maternal Ancestry of Nancy Hanks Lincoln  

Presented by: Richard Hileman

Sunday, October 22
2:00 pm

Main library, Meeting Room A

Abraham Lincoln was conspicuously silent about the family of his mother, Nancy Hanks. From 1900 into the 1950s, her ancestry was the subject of intense interest and hotly contested. In 1909, false names for her parents were carved into the granite of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial. The most recent biographies of Lincoln still give mistaken accounts of her ancestry.  The Nancy Hanks Lincoln mtDNA Study and new historical evidence reveal the surprising truth Lincoln concealed about his mother's family and ancestry.


About the Presenter

Richard Hileman received a B.A. (English/Philosophy) from St. Olaf College, and M.A. (Philosophy) and J.D. degrees from the University of Iowa. He is a retired trial lawyer. He has been an avocational genealogist for forty years, and since 1980 has read everything he could find on the maternal ancestry of Nancy Hanks Lincoln, including research in the papers of Caroline Hanks Hitchcock and Louis Warren at the Allen County Public Library, the papers of William Barton at the University of Chicago, and the papers of Arthur E. Morgan at the Library of Congress. He is one of the author/researchers of The Nancy Hanks Lincoln mtDNA Study, published October 21, 2015 at www.familytreedna.com/public/HanksDNAProject/default.aspx?section=news

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