President Obama’s Family Tree Connection To First African American Slave

Source:  Lesa Jansen / CNN

His family tree has been linked to Brad Pitt, Sarah Palin and both Presidents Bush but now President Barack Obama may be related to the first documented African slave in revolutionary America., which bills itself as the world’s largest online family history resource, on Monday released research and documents which it says shows the first indentured African American servant is an ancestor of President Obama’s mother.

“We have two of the most significant Africans in our country’s history being directly related to each other,” Joseph Shumway, an genealogist, told CNN.

Shumway was part of a team of four genealogists who say they worked more than 500 hours to establish the connection between Obama’s family and that of John Punch, an indentured servant who was sentenced to a life of slavery after an unsuccessful escape attempt in revolutionary Virginia.

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