Sunday, July 19, 2009

To President Obama: 'How about a tour of the White House cuz?'

  •  Dave Stancliff/For The Times-Standard

Posted: 07/19/2009 01:35:42 AM PDT

 I find life a series of surprises, so when the latest one hit, I took it well. My dear Aunt Doris, who lives in Upstate New York, sent me a fascinating e-mail the other day. She shared some genealogical research by her son Perry, who detailed his and my family connection to the President of the United States, Barack Obama!

It seems we have a common ancestor, Edward FitzRandolph. He was baptized on July 5, 1607, at Sutton-in-Asfield, Nottinghamshire, England. He married a woman named Elizabeth Blossom from the Netherlands.

They moved to America and had two sons; Thomas and Nathaniel. When the boys grew up they each had a family. My side of the family descended from Thomas, and President Obama from Nathaniel.

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