Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The First Lady's Multicultural, Great Migration Past (VIDEO)

By Megan Smolenyak Several years ago, I conducted extensive genealogical research into the heritage of Michelle Obama. A few of my discoveries — particularly those pertaining to the Shields branch of her family tree — made news at the time, but there’s much that I’ve never shared, so I’ve decided to blow the dust off of a video I made back in August 2009. This is a simple, homemade video (in two parts) — a narrated PowerPoint — and subsequent research has revealed more than what’s included here (for more insight, please read this recent, seven-part series and/or the “Finding Melvina” and “Road to a First Lady’s Roots” chapters of my book, Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing), but I hope you’ll enjoy this overview of the remarkable family history of our First Lady.
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