Wednesday, July 22, 2009

President Obama's Genealogy

Genealogy makes it to the Oval office...
How could a Francophile like myself not be intrigued myself to learn that President Obama has French ancestry?
See the enclosed news link to find a learn a few interesting facts.

One of these is President Obama descends from a French Huguenot named Mareen Duvall. Huguenots are Protestants who in the the 17th century massively fled France after the revocation in 1685 of what was called the "Edict of Nantes". This document dated 30 April 1598, had formerly guarenteed Freedom of worship to the Protestants up to when it was unjustly anulled in 1685. Below is a a link about President Obama's ancestor from France.

This made me go read through the President's Family tree again .

I had previously used the above website during a research project. I highly reccomend it for anyone who is interested in Presidential genealogies.

Of course, none of this touches our Carroll lines in anyway. But I find it very interesting.

Happy summer research to all !

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