White Sheep in the Obama Family Tree

Not only is President Obama related to Dick Cheney – but his family line has several other disreputable blotches, AKA White Sheep in this case…

Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh!

That kind of stuff would make you swear you were adopted.

BTW… What’s that “once removed” part, again?

Proving once again… If you go back far enough…

You’re related to everybody.

Can Obama really be related to his top conservative foes? You betcha!

Yup _ the president has family ties to none other than Sarah Palin, according to the genealogists atAncestry.com, a discovery the family history site made when looking for connections between political foes.

And that’s not all _ Obama also is apparently related to radio host and relentless critic Rush Limbaugh. Might you want to reconsider some of your recent comments, Mr. Limbaugh, now that you’re apparently family? Continue reading

Michelle Obama’s Roots

A researcher has traced Michelle Obama’s Maternal side family back 5 generations -

President Obama’s life and journey to the presidency have captured many headlines, but new details about the ancestry of his wife, Michelle Obama, reveal a remarkable five-generation journey from slavery to the White House.

Working with genealogist Megan Smolenyak, the findings were researched and published by The New York Times Wednesday.

It began more than a century ago, on a 200-acre farm in South Carolina. In 1850, 6-year-old Melvinia — Michelle Obama’s maternal great-great-great grandmother — was left in a slaveholder’s will as part of his property left to relatives.

In the will, her master declared that his descendents would inherit the “use and service of Melvinia.”

“She was treated like a piece of property in a will, and when she was only 8 years old, she was sent across the South,” said Jodi Kantor, who co-wrote The New York Times story. Continue reading

New Database To Help Descendants of Slaves Recover Ancestry

tree-rootsFor many African  Americans you can dig up your ancestry for the last 150 years or so with a bit of diligence and hard work. The brick wall many meet is prior to the end of slavery after the Civil War.

Some, can go back to the initial 1790 census, but before that time, things get incredibly difficult to sort out.

Making that search even more difficult, was the Civil War itself, where Union Troops burned a number of local Courthouses in the South, destroying both property and civil records.

Those records which survived were copied onto microfilm, but until now, were never transcribed onto electronic media to make them searchable by computer.

The end of slavery meant a kind of beginning for the family histories of many African-Americans: for the first time, the enslaved people’s identities and family connections became part of a public record. And the huge task of recording that data fell to the federal Freedmen’s Bureau. Continue reading

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