Given our history, it’s really not hard to imagine that African Americans have a significant line-up European ancestors.

However, it’s a lot more interesting and enlightening for each individual who is actually able to learn who they are through actual research and evidence of their family roots. Given the availability of research materials online it’s no longer an insurmountable task.

The first lady must be feeling the same sense of wonder that we all do when our voyage of discovery bears fruit.

Michelle Obama finally uncovered the mystery of her genealogy after becoming first lady: not only did she discover that her great–great-great-grandmother, Melvina, was a slave in Georgia, she bore several children to a Caucasian man on a farm in the mid-1800s.

New York Times reporter Rachel Swarns has published a book on the subject titled, American Tapestry: The Story of Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama, in which Ms.Swarns further explores  Obama’s multiracial bloodline that extends through the South during Reconstruction to Chicago’s South Side during the 1920s swinging jazz era.

In addition to providing insight into some of the wonderful family traits passed down to the first lady through her bloodline, it is also a microcosm of this country’s history as well. There’s not enough documentation to answer too many questions, but anecdotal tales illuminate the kind of history that’s long been suppressed in many African-American families.

Swarn expertly pieces together the family tree, generation by generation and presents a riveting story. In the search for the truth Michelle’s long-lost cousin Jewell Barclay consented to a DNA test in Cleveland to help with the search for the truth.

There’s a lot more. Click on Chicago Sun-Times.com to read the article American Tapestry Explores Michelle Obamas Roots.

Click on American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama to purchase the book.

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