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

02/29/2012 04:21 pm ET | Updated Apr 30, 2012
  • Megan Smolenyak Genealogy Expert, Author of "Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing" & "Who Do You Think You Are?"

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.