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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.

Photo by katatonia82/Bigstock.com

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Malia Obama

by Sage on March 11, 2016

Birth Name: Malia Ann Obama

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

Date of Birth: July 4, 1998

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 is the eldest daughter of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and of lawyer and writer Michelle Obama. She has a younger sister, Sasha Obama. Her uncle (mother’s brother) is college basketball coach and broadcaster Craig Robinson (not the actor of the same name).

Malia’s paternal grandfather was Barack Hussein Obama (the son of Onyango and Habibah Akumu Nyanjoga). Malia’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’s paternal grandmother was Stanley Ann Dunham (the daughter of Stanley Armour Dunham and Madelyn Lee Payne). Malia’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’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’s maternal grandfather is Fraser Robinson III (the son of Fraser Robinson, Jr. and LaVaughn Delores Johnson). Malia’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’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’s maternal grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, and great-great-great-grandparents, were all black. She has Gullah roots. Malia’s mother also has some European ancestry on her family tree, with distant English, Scottish, and Irish, roots. One of Malia’s mother’s white ancestors was her own great-great-great-grandfather, Charles Marion Shields. Charles was the son of Henry Wells Shields and Christianna Payne Patterson.

Malia’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’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’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’s father.

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

Malia’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 – http://www.geni.com
http://familypedia.wikia.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 the 44th President of the United States, having served as President since January 20, 2009. He was elected to the position in 2008 and 2012. A member of the Democratic Party, 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 Sasha and Malia 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 person of African heritage 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 Barack 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 Barack 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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Ben Carson

by follers on November 7, 2014

Birth Name: Benjamin Solomon Carson

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 18, 1951

Ethnicity: African-American

Ben Carson is an American author and retired neurosurgeon. He is the son of African-American parents, Sonya (Copeland) and Robert Solomon Carson, a Christian minister. In 1987, he became the first person to successfully surgically separate conjoined twins joined at the head.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2016.

Ben’s paternal grandparents were Robert Carson (the son of Robert Carson and Amy Darden) and Anna/Amy L. Gordon. Ben’s great-grandmother Amy was the daughter of Ethan Darden and Lettie Swan.

Ben’s maternal grandfather was John Martin Copeland (the son of John H. Copeland and Indiana Ash). Indiana was the daughter of Thomas Ash and Millie Gay. The 1870 U.S. Census lists a man named James Ash living near Indiana’s household, who was possibly her grandfather. James is then-listed as being 100 years old, and as having been born in Africa (c. 1770).

Ben’s maternal grandmother was Ruby Stanley (the daughter of Coleman Stanley and Lucy Smith). Lucy was the daughter of Green Smith and Emily.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show African American Lives (2006) stated that Ben’s genetic ancestry is:

*80% Sub-Saharan African
*20% European

In his 2009 book about the show, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that Ben’s African DNA matches the Makua people of Mozambique (through his father’s line), and on his mother’s side, the Yoruba, Bassa, and Edo people of Nigeria, the Mende people of Sierra Leone, the Turkana people of Kenya, the Bamileke people of Cameroon, and the Bantu tribes of the Congo-Angola region.

Sources: Family background of Ben Carson – http://www.theroot.com

Genealogy of Ben Carson – http://www.geni.com

Photo by Gage Skidmore

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