Michelle Obama's Roots

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The Family Tree of Michelle Obama, the First Lady
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Megan's research as featured in
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Michelle Obama thanking genealogist Megan Smolenyak for researching her roots
Michelle Obama thanking genealogist
Megan Smolenyak for researching her roots

Talk about First Lady's roots available
By Megan
  • October 20, 2014 - The Huffington Post - "Melvina's Descendants, Michelle Obama's Cousins" by Megan Smolenyak
  • June 19, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Does Accuracy in History Matter? The Case of 'American Tapestry' and Michelle Obama's Ancestors" by Megan Smolenyak
  • May 31, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Michelle Obama's Ancestors: 'American Tapestry' Has Holes in It" by Megan Smolenyak
  • April 15, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Ancestors of Michelle Obama in the 1940 Census" by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 29, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The First Lady's Multicultural, Great Migration Past (Video)" (Part 8) by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 24, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Purnell Shields" (Part 7) by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 21, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Rebecca Jumper (aka Coleman)" (Part 6) by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 14, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Fraser Robinson" (Part 5) by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 8, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Michelle Obama's Ancestors: LaVaughn Johnson" (Part 4) by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 3, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The Great Mixing" (Part 3) by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 1, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The Great Migration" (Part 2) by Megan Smolenyak
  • January 30, 2012 - The Huffington Post - "Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Chicago Beginnings" (Part 1) by Megan Smolenyak
  • January 2012 - Amazon.com - Michelle Obama's Roots - "Finding Melvina" and "The Road to a First Lady's Roots" chapters of Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing by Megan Smolenyak
  • April 15, 2011 - Megan's Roots World - "Michelle Obama's Possible Irish Roots" by Megan Smolenyak
  • May 18, 2010 - The Huffington Post - "Michelle Obama's Roots: Dozens of Virginia Cousins" by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 20, 2010 - The Huffington Post - "Michelle Obama's Roots: Proving Your Freedom (Over and Over Again)" by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 20, 2010 - The Huffington Post - "Michelle Obama's Roots: "Colored Persons Cohabiting...on 27th February, 1866" by Megan Smolenyak

Michelle Obama's Roots
Michelle Obama's Roots
Megan's research on Michelle Obama's roots
CBS Morning Show Interview - Megan's research on Michelle Obama's roots
The Early Show interview (CBS)
Megan's research on Michelle Obama's roots
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Articles
  • June 26, 2013 - Modern Ghana - "Obamas to confront ancestry on Senegal slave island" by Agence France Presse
  • June 16, 2013 - RTE Radio - Audio File "With Michelle Obama and her daughters visiting these shores, genealogist Megan Smolenyak tells us about tracing Michelle (and Barack)'s roots" with Marian Finucane
    [Scroll down page to "Sunday newspaper panel, part 2"]
  • June 12, 2013 - Independent.ie - "Obama girls booked in for eye-opening visit to the first family's 'homeland'" by Bette Brown
  • June 11, 2013 - International Business Times - "Obama Monument Dedicated To First Lady's Ancestor Toppled, Georgia Police Looking For Vandals" by Zoe Mintz
  • January 10, 2013 - Chicago Tribune - "Obama to use family Bible during swearing-in" by Katherine Skiba
  • January 1, 2012 - Chicago Tribune - "We're all (likely) related to stars" by Katherine Skiba
    Read this article in PDF formatPDF
  • May 26, 2011 - The Irish Times - "Michelle Obama: the Irish connection" by Daniel Geary
  • April 27, 2011 - Irish Echo - "Details of Obama visit still unclear" by Susan Falvella Garraty
  • May 18, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin - "First lady's family tree has deep roots in Henry County" by Eliza Winston
  • May 18, 2010 - ABC TV Local News - "First Lady Tied to Southside"
  • May 18, 2010 - Martinsville Bulletin - "Register at Bassett center key to Obama research" by Eliza Winston
  • May 14, 2010 - Herald-Journal (Spartanburg) - "Historian who traced first lady's roots to speak in Spartanburg" by Linda Conley
  • October 11, 2009 - Voice Online - "Michelle Obama's roots traced back to six-year-old slave girl"
  • October 9, 2009 - The Guardian - "Michelle Obama may have white slave-owner ancestor" by Ed Pilkington
  • October 9, 2009 - The Irish Times - "White slave-owner roots of Michelle Obama unearthed" by Lara Marlowe
  • October 9, 2009 - Daily Mail Online - "White 'slave-owner' roots of Michelle Obama revealed" by Paul Thompson and Wil Longbottom
  • October 8, 2009 - Reuters - "Genealogist unearths first lady's family tree back to 1850" by David Alexander
  • October 8, 2009 - PBS News Hour - "Michelle Obama's Ancestry Reveals Intriguing Slave Tale" transcript and video
  • October 8, 2009 - New York Daily News - "First Lady Michelle Obama's family tree traces road from slavery to White House: report" by Lauren Johnston
  • October 8, 2009 - BBC News - "US first lady 'slave roots' found"
  • October 7, 2009 - The New York Times - "The Family Tree of Michelle Obama, the First Lady" by Gabriel Dance, Elisabeth Goodridge and Megan Smolenyak
  • October 7, 2009 - New York Times - "In First Lady's Roots, a Complex Path From Slavery" by Rachel L. Swarns, Jodi Kantor and Megan Smolenyak
  • October 7, 2009 - Chicago Tribune News - "Genealogist traces Michelle Obama's roots" by Katherine Skiba
  • January 20, 2009 - New York Times - "A Portrait of Change: Nation's Many Faces in Extended First Family" by Jodi Kantor

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Photo of Michelle Obama courtesy of Joe Beine
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by Eva Rinaldi





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