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# Thursday, October 08, 2009
Genealogist Finds Michelle Obama's Slave Ancestor
Posted by Grace

Family Tree Magazine contributor Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and The New York Times have uncovered documents revealing first lady Michelle Obama's great-great-great-grandmother, a slave named Melvinia. Through probate records, photographs and local histories, the sleuths have pieced together a picture of the life of Melvinia, who labored on farms in Georgia and South Carolina, and her first son, Dolphus—Obama's great-great-grandfather—who became a carpenter and owned his own business in Birmingham, Ala.

The story is absolutely fascinating. You can learn more about it in The New York Times, in ABC's news report, and make sure you watch the below video from Roots Television.




African-American roots | Celebrity Roots | Female ancestors | Videos
Thursday, October 08, 2009 12:36:44 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:45:12 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I found your presentation quite interesting.
Hilda M. Saulsbury
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