01 February 2013
To help celebrate the British launch of Steven Spielberg’s movie Lincoln and the 204th anniversary of the president’s
To help celebrate the British launch of Steven Spielberg’s movie Lincoln and the 204th anniversary of the president’s birth on 12 February, genealogist Anthony Adolph is working with the Illinois Office of Tourism to find British relatives of America’s most famous president.
In 1637, Samuel Lincoln, an apprentice weaver in Norwich, left his home in the obscure Norfolk village of Hingham to brave a voyage across the Atlantic. Samuel had no idea he would survive to raise a family in the new colonies of America, let alone that his great-great-great-grandson Abraham would become one of the greatest figures in American history.
This means that if you have ancestors from Hingham or have Lincoln ancestors from the Norwich area, you could have President Lincoln in your family tree!
Illinois, the home state of Abraham Lincoln, hosts many Lincoln attractions and is a great place to visit for a truly adventurous holiday, where you can visit the house Lincoln shared with Mary Todd, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Springfield cemetery where he is buried.
If you know of a family connection with the Lincolns of Hingham, Norfolk, please contact Anthony Adolph via www.anthonyadolph.co.uk by 4 February 2013. If it turns out that you are related to President Abraham Lincoln, you could be in with a chance to win a trip to Illinois!