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Malaika Firth

by ethnic on May 8, 2017

Place of Birth: Mombasa, Kenya

Date of Birth: 23 March, 1994

Ethnicity: English, Seychellois, Ugandan, Swiss, Kenyan (Giriama)

Malaika Firth is a Kenyan-born British fashion model.

Malaika was born in Mombasa, Kenya, the daughter of Jecinta and Eric Firth. When she was around seven, her family moved to Barking, London, England. Her father is of English, Seychellois, and Ugandan heritage. Her mother is of Swiss and Kenyan descent. Her Kenyan ancestry is rooted in the Giriama people.

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Martin Olsson

by fraciscovargas1545 on June 9, 2016

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Birth Name: Martin Tony Waikwa Olsson

Place of Birth: Gävle, Sweden

Date of Birth: 17 May, 1988

Ethnicity:
*Swedish (father)
*Kenyan (mother)

Martin Olsson is a Swedish professional footballer. He plays for Norwich City and the Sweden national team. Martin was born in Gävle, Sweden, to a Swedish father and a Kenyan mother.

His brother is footballer Marcus Olsson. His brother-in-law is Dallas Mavericks basketball player Dirk Nowitzki, who is married to Martin’s sister, Jessica Olsson.

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Malia Obama and Sasha Obama

by Sage on March 11, 2016

Malia Obama

Birth Name: Malia Ann Obama and Natasha Obama

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 4, 1998 (Malia) and June 10, 2001 (Sasha)

Ethnicity:
*Luo Kenyan (paternal grandfather)
*English, small amounts of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, French, possibly remote African (paternal grandmother)
*African-American (mainly), including Gullah, with distant English, Scottish, and Irish (mother)

Malia Obama and Sasha Obama are the daughters of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and of lawyer and writer Michelle Obama. Their uncle (mother’s brother) is college basketball coach and broadcaster Craig Robinson (not the actor of the same name).

Malia and Sasha’s paternal grandfather was Barack Hussein Obama (the son of Onyango and Habibah Akumu Nyanjoga). Malia and Sasha’s grandfather Barack was a governmental economist, who was Kenyan, of the Luo tribe. Onyango’s name was changed to Hussein Onyango Obama; he was the son of Obama and Nyaoke. Habibah was the daughter of Njango/Njoga.

Malia and Sasha’s paternal grandmother was Stanley Ann Dunham (the daughter of Stanley Armour Dunham and Madelyn Lee Payne). Malia and Sasha’s grandmother Stanley was American-born, and worked as an anthropologist; she had English, and small amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, and French ancestry. Malia and Sasha’s great-grandfather Stanley was the son of Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Sr. and Ruth Lucille Armour. Madelyn was the daughter of Rolla Charles Payne and Leona Belle McCurry.

Malia and Sasha’s maternal grandfather is Fraser Robinson III (the son of Fraser Robinson, Jr. and LaVaughn Delores Johnson). Malia and Sasha’s great-grandfather Fraser was the son of Fraser Robinson and Rose Ella Cohen. LaVaughn was the daughter of James Preston Johnson and Phoebe Moten.

Malia and Sasha’s maternal grandmother is Marian Lois Shields (the daughter of Purnell Nathaniel Shields and Rebecca Jumper/Coleman). Purnell was the son of Robert Lee/Leacel Shields and Anna/Anne Estelle Laws/Lawson. Rebecca was the daughter of James Jumper and Eliza Tinsley.

Malia and Sasha’s maternal grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, and great-great-great-grandparents, were all black. They have Gullah roots. Malia and Sasha’s mother also has some European ancestry on her family tree, with distant English, Scottish, and Irish, roots. One of Malia and Sasha’s mother’s white ancestors was their great-great-great-great-grandfather, Charles Marion Shields. Charles was the son of Henry Wells Shields and Christianna Payne Patterson.

Malia and Sasha’s father has distant Irish ancestry, going back to his great-great-great-grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, who arrived in the States in 1850, from Moneygall in Ireland. Research done by a team of genealogists has suggested that Malia and Sasha’s paternal grandmother had remote African-American ancestry (in the 1600s), through possible descent from a slave named John Punch.

In page 13 of his autobiography, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995), Malia and Sasha’s father writes that a distant ancestor of his mother’s “had indeed been a full-blooded Cherokee” [Native American]. No Cherokee Native American ancestry has yet been documented/verified for Malia and Sasha’s father.

Malia and Sasha are first cousins, twice removed, of Rabbi Capers Funnye. Capers is a Jew-by-choice. Malia and Sasha’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Fraser Robinson and Rose Ella Cohen, were also Rabbi Funnye’s maternal grandparents.

Malia and Sasha’s maternal great-great-grandmother Rose Ella Cohen had the usually Jewish surname “Cohen”. Rose was an African-American woman, whose father, Caesar Cohen, was also African-American. It is not clear where the “Cohen” surname originates in this family, or if Caesar Cohen had Jewish ancestry of some kind.

Sources: Genealogies of Malia Obama and Sasha Obama – http://www.geni.com
http://familypedia.wikia.com

Genealogy of Malia Obama and Sasha Obama (focusing on their father’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com

Genealogies of Malia and Sasha’s father – http://www.wargs.com
http://famouskin.com

Obituaries and genealogies of Malia and Sasha’s paternal grandparents, Barack Hussein Obama and Stanley Ann Dunham – http://www.findagrave.com

Article about Malia and Sasha’s father’s Irish ancestry – http://living.oneindia.in

Article suggesting that Malia and Sasha’s paternal grandmother, Stanley Ann Dunham, had remote African-American ancestry – http://www.nytimes.com

Genealogy of Malia and Sasha’s mother – http://famouskin.com

Genealogy of Malia and Sasha’s mother (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://www.wargs.com

Notes on Malia and Sasha’s mother’s ancestry, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak – http://www.honoringourancestors.com

Pictures and some of Malia and Sasha’s mother’s family history – http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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Tom Morello

by andrew on May 26, 2015

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Birth Name: Thomas Baptiste Morello

Place of Birth: Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 30, 1964

Ethnicity:
*Kikuyu Kenyan (father)
*Italian, Irish (mother)

Tom Morello is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and political activist. He is known as a member of the rock band Rage Against the Machine, whose other members were Tim Commerford, Zach de la Rocha, and Brad Wilk, and of the supergroup Audioslave, whose other members were Commerford, Chris Cornell, and Wilk.

His father, Ngethe Njoroge, was born in Kenya, and served as Kenya’s first ambassador to the United Nations. His mother, Mary Rose (Morello), was an American of Italian and Irish descent. His parents met in August 1963, while attending a pro-democracy protest in Nairoby, Kenya. After discovering her pregnancy, Mary returned to the United States with Njoroge in November, and married in New York City. When Tom was sixteen months old, Njoroge returned to his native Kenya, and denied his paternity of his son. Tom was raised solely by his mother in Libertyville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Tom’s paternal great-uncle, Jomo Kenyatta, was the first elected president in Kenyan history.

Two of Tom’s paternal great-grandparents were Muigai wa Kung’u and Wambui.

Tom’s maternal grandparents were John Baptist “Bab” Morello (the son of Quinto Nicolao Morello and Rosa T. Mussatto) and Gladys I. John was born in Illinois, to Italian parents. Gladys had Irish ancestry. His ancestors came from Pratiglione, Province of Turin, Piedmont, Italy, and from Vesignano, in the commune of Rivarolo Canavese, also in Province of Turin. Tom visited the town and found that his “Morello” line can be traced back to Giovanni Morello, who moved to Illinois in the mid 1800s.

Sources: Tom’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tom’s maternal grandfather, John Baptist “Bab” Morello, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Information about Tom’s Italian ancestry – http://lasentinella.gelocal.it
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Barack Obama

by ethnic on December 29, 2014

Barack Obama

Birth Name: Barack Hussein Obama II

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 4, 1961

Ethnicity:
*Luo Kenyan (father)
*English, small amounts of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, French, possibly remote African (mother)

Barack Obama is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 44th President of the United States, from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017. He was elected to the position in 2008 and 2012. He was previously a Member of the Illinois Senate, from January 8, 1997 to November 4, 2004, and a U.S. Senator from Illinois, from January 3, 2005 to November 16, 2008. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009.

President Obama is the first person of African descent to serve as President of the United States. President Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. His father was black and his mother was white. His father, Barack Obama, a governmental economist, was born in Nyang’oma Kogelo, Rachuonyo District, Kenya Colony, and was a Kenyan of the Luo tribe. His mother, Stanley Ann (Dunham), an anthropologist, was born in Wichita, Kansas, and had English, and small amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, and French, ancestry. His father was a Muslim and his mother was from a family of non-practicing Baptists and Methodists. President Obama practices Protestant Christianity.

President Obama is married to lawyer and writer Michelle Obama (born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson). His daughter are Malia Obama and Sasha Obama. He lived in Indonesia from six to ten years old.

Genealogist William Addams Reitwiesner wrote President Obama’s ancestral lineage out as such, with approximate fractions:

*50% Luo Kenyan
*35.06% English
*4.69% Scottish
*3.91% Irish
*3.71% German
*1.56% Welsh
*0.98% Swiss
*0.1% French

President Obama’s paternal grandparents were Onyango (whose name was changed to Hussein Onyango Obama; the son of Obama and Nyaoke) and Habibah Akumu Nyanjoga (the daughter of Njango/Njoga). President Obama’s great-grandfather Obama was the son of Opiyo and Marrgorat.

President Obama’s maternal grandfather was Stanley Armour Dunham (the son of Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Sr. and Ruth Lucille Armour). Ralph was the son of Jacob William Dunham and Mary Ann Kearney. Ruth was the daughter of Harry Ellington Armour and Gabriella “Gabbie” Lee Clark.

President Obama’s maternal grandmother was Madelyn Lee Payne (the daughter of Rolla Charles Payne and Leona Belle McCurry). Rolla was the son of Charles Thomas Payne and Della L. Wolfley. Leona was the daughter of Thomas Creekmore McCurry and Margaret Belle Wright.

Aside from being the first person of African descent to serve as President of the United States, President Obama is the first person of African descent to be the presidential nominee of a major American party.

President Obama is the fourth black American to win a caucus and/or primary for a major American political party’s presidential nomination, having won 29+ states in 2008, and 50+ states in 2012. The previous winners are:
*Walter E. Fauntroy (1972; Democratic; won Washington, D.C.)
*Shirley Chisholm (1972; Democratic; won 3 contests, including New Jersey)
*Jesse Jackson (Democratic; in 1984, he won 2+ states; in 1988, he won 9+ states)

President Obama has distant Irish ancestry, going back to his great-great-great-grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, who arrived in the States in 1850, from Moneygall in Ireland. Research done by a team of genealogists has suggested that President Obama’s mother had remote African-American ancestry (in the 1600s), through possible descent from a slave named John Punch.

In page 13 of his autobiography, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995), President Obama writes that a distant ancestor of his mother’s “had indeed been a full-blooded Cherokee” [Native American]. No Cherokee Native American ancestry has yet been documented/verified for President Obama.

President Obama has referred to his mother’s ancestors as “Scotch-Irish mostly”, though their ancestry was predominantly English, with a smaller amount of Scots-Irish.

One of President Obama’s maternal ancestors, his ninth great-grandfather, Richard Singletary, was born, c. 1585, in Surfleet, Lincolnshire, England, to Francis Singletary and Agnes Cook. Richard’s son, Jonathan Singletary (later Dunham), was born, c. 1640, in Newbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony. President Obama’s “Dunham” line traces back to Jonathan.

Sources: Genealogies of President Obama – http://www.wargs.com
http://www.geni.com
http://familypedia.wikia.com
http://www.wikitree.com
http://famouskin.com

Obituaries and genealogies of President Obama’s parents – http://www.findagrave.com

Article about President Obama’s Irish ancestry – http://living.oneindia.in

Article suggesting that President Obama’s mother had remote African-American ancestry – http://www.nytimes.com

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