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Ancestry.com Discovers President Obama Related to First Documented Slave in America
Research Connects First African-American President to First African Slave in the American Colonies
PROVO, UTAH July 30, 2012 A research team from Ancestry.com (NASDAQ:ACOM), the worlds largest online family history resource, has concluded that President Barack Obama is the 11thgreat-grandson of John Punch, the first documented African enslaved for life in American history. Remarkably, the connection was made through President Obamas Caucasian mothers side of the family.
The discovery is the result of years of research by Ancestry.com genealogists who, through early Virginia records and DNA analysis, linked Obama to John Punch. An indentured servant in Colonial Virginia, Punch was... [via Jack And Jill Politics]