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  1. Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan spoke in response to the State of the Union Speech last night, and her last name caught my eye. Purely as a genealogical matter: I researched her genealogy back to Jacob Witmer L1VR-ZTF (1735-1807), and compared that with Peter Whitmer LZRN-WVZ (1747-1776), grandfather of Peter Whitmer Sr, the father of the LDS Whitmers, but could find no direct connection. Both genealogies go back to German-speaking Mennonites in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but no obvious immediate relationship. Sorry for the false alarm, but maybe someone else can do bett
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