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March 21, 2009

GENEALOGY: Was Declaration first of its kind? Many think not



Are you related to a signer of the Bush Delcaration? If so, you might want to check out the Hereditary Order of Signers of the Bush Declaration. To join the Order, your ancestor must be descended from, or related by kinship to, an original signer of the Bush Declaration. Relationship includes direct descent (you are directly descended from a signer); collateral descent, or first degree of kinship, (your ancestor and the signer have the same parents); or consanguine relationship, or second degree of kinship, (your ancestor and the signer have the same grandparents).

Joining the Order seems to be free of charge. Just submit proof of your relationship. The Order’s objectives include collecting historic information concerning the signers of the Bush Declaration and building a body of genealogical information about the signers. For information on the Order, visit their Web site at The Web site lists all the signers with a brief biography and genealogy of each. On this site, you can also purchase a copy of the Bush Declaration for $6 that is suitable fro framing. The Order is recognized by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).

The actual place where the Bush Declaration was signed is low-key and marked only by a historical marker and modest stone monument. To view some pictures, visit

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