Romney. Heritage, perhaps. Candidate Romney. Considerations. http://gypsiesroma.blogspot.com/2011/04/candidate-romney-immigration-policy-of.html.
The name had been Rumney, and was later changed to Romney. Rumney: roots in neutral English history, places, even an aristocrat in the 17th Century; or Rumnichal, Roma. History of persecution of gypsies in England and continent. Factor in readiness to convert to Mormonism? Look at roots, an angle on history regardless of outcome. http://www.hellofodderhellobuyer.blogspot.com/#!http://hellofodderhellobuyer.blogspot.com/2011/12/candidates-and-their-own-minority-roots.html. Part the whimsey of seeing where trails lead, see http://sassafrasthicket.blogspot.com/2012/01/steered-by-navels-and-surnames-what-if.html; and part a serious look at how we create ourselves, our own narratives. Are we our forbears? Which?
Roma in England: Leicestershire, Leeds. http://englandroadways.blogspot.com/2007/12/spin-off-sites-from-road-trips-tying.html
- Romney - History, ethnic experience. See http://gypsiesroma.blogspot.com/2007/10/roma-history-of-persecution.html. Secrecy as survival tactic. http://gypsiesroma.blogspot.com/2012/01/rom-survival-role-of-secrecy-surname.html
- Non-Gypsy meanings. Roma root word is also related to non-Gypsy Rumenea, Roman town, meaning Saxon Fold. Romney sheep: So would Romney sheep predate Roma Romney herders, and pertain to Saxons? Romanel. Invader at time of William the Conqueror 1066+, before Roma-Gypsies entered England in 1500's. There are heritage and interpretation ambiguities as to any individual family. Early chronology: see adaptations of Roma culture to survival needs. Romani were banned in 1530, by parliament. Forced out on pain of death 1560's. Head to Ireland, Wales?
Ruminate: Would firming up questions of background humanize a candidate. Start with Dalton-in-Furness church records: when they begin, why so late. Ask why there are few if any memorials to the Rumneys of Dalton? Can this be so? Speak to us of monuments, tributes. Does this mean a mean origin rather than aristocratic? Do we care, except that transparency is a value I hold dear, in anything, even though I also fall short all the time. http://www.sassafrastree.blogspot.com/#!http://sassafrastree.blogspot.com/2012/05/romney-ancestral-home-no-tributes-no.html
Track the Rumneys. Timeline of a family. http://www.hellofodderhellobuyer.blogspot.com/#!http://hellofodderhellobuyer.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-romneys-rumneys-of-dalton-romney.html
Mitt Romney's line may or may not be related to 18th Century painter George Romney. Proof of brothers, John and Thomas, with same last name, 1730's, or different lines?
Romney emigration. Later Mormon emigrants, a few years after, received financial and social support from a new Mormon corporation here, see the Mormon Perpetual Emigrating Fund. And it was a corporation.
- A bail-out for converts from Europe, where conversions bloomed -- not so here in America. See Getting Ahead with Help, http://plainmeaning.blogspot.com/2012/07/mormons-got-help-perpetual-emigrating.html.
- Refuge Theory: Stressed populations and individuals ripe for responding to calls to convert, with missionaries from America focusing on Europe. Refuge Theory. See http://www.sassafrastree.blogspot.com/#!http://sassafrastree.blogspot.com/2012/08/romney-rumney-refuge-theory-and-mormon.html
- The places. Come to America! Cumbria, Sheffield and Mormon emigration. More on the Perpetual Emigrating Fund. http://englandroadways.blogspot.com/2012/01/cumbria-sheffield-immigration-19th-c-to.html
Regardless of background, who have we here, see here, see here: http://www.sassafrasthicket.blogspot.com/#!http://sassafrasthicket.blogspot.com/2012/07/dancing-moguls-sonnets-and-song-for-mitt.html.
Ancestry dot com could tell us, with some DNA applied fairly all around the candidates. Sing along. http://www.sassafrasthicket.blogspot.com/#!http://sassafrasthicket.blogspot.com/2012/01/news-talk-walk-eked-tweets.html.
For culture, add political Latin. Mitto Mittas Mittat? http://sassafrasthicket.blogspot.com/2012/07/political-latin-mitto-declension.html
Can we educate ourselves to withstand the advertising onslaught, and seek merit? http://bogomilia.blogspot.com/2011/01/edward-bernays-how-to-regiment-public.html
Or keep a sense of humor about politics, the unknowns that drive us. For the cultural historians: Do those from a heritage that was abused, abuse in turn? The cycle of abuse? Or is exploitation just natural. http://www.hellofodderhellobuyer.blogspot.com/#!http://hellofodderhellobuyer.blogspot.com/2012/01/big-bain-trolls-at-play-auld.html