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Abraham Lincoln

Ancestry of
Abraham Lincoln

16th U.S. President


The True Ancestry of Lincoln's Mother Nancy Hanks

The genealogy of Nancy Hanks has always been a controversial one with scholars debating the various theories since research began shortly after Lincoln’s death. Even members of the Hanks family and reported cousins of Lincoln could not agree on it.

Of the various theories that have evolved over the past 150 years, only two were believed by Lincoln scholars to have the possibility of being correct. Now DNA evidence has identified which of those theories is correct. Read more >>

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