06 November 2008

Michelle Obama's Ancestors

There was an article in the Washington Post back on October 2 that revealed some of Michelle Obama's genealogy. Now that the election is over, I am hoping it is alright to share the information here. Honestly, if her husband wasn't a presidential candidate, this story would have remained untold.

The article is titled, "A Family Tree Rooted In American Soil." Her Robinson ancestors were slaves on a rice plantation near the town of Georgetown, SC. The family remained there after the Civil War for many years. Mrs. Obama still has kin there. The only part of the story that is bad is the slavery. Her family family was hard working and her family line finally left for opportunities elsewhere.

The article is long, but chuck full of facts and detail. What I enjoy the most was the video that is in the "gallery" part of the article. The video shows parts of the plantation and interviews Mrs. Obama's family that remained in Georgetown.

The article reveals a piece of American History that we will not find in textbooks, but is still part of America's history.

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  1. You missed the AP article on MSNBC.com about Mrs. Sarah Palin.


    But it is what the Genealogy Guys call a "name" collection. Did you know that George W. Bush is a 22nd cousin to Brooke Shields?

  2. There is a similar article in the Chicago Tribune with a few changes in the emphasis. The article is titled, Michelle Obama's family tree has roots in a Carolina slave plantation. Check it out just click the title of the article.