Sunday, June 7, 2009

Mormon Genealogy Records: Obama has German heritage

from JammieWearingFool

Six Degrees of Barack Obama: President With Muslim Roots Now Also Has German Roots

I'm getting the feeling if I dig deep enough into my Irish family tree I'm going to find out we're related. Well, I'm Black Irish, so it's a strong possibility.

Here's why:

As President Obama does Dresden with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today, a genealogical study in Utah reports that the first African American president in U.S. history is actually German.

Well, partly.

Provo-based has found that Obama's lineage -- on his mother's side -- can be traced to Germany.

Using online sources and microfilm from the Family History Library owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, genealogists found a document that went back to Obama's eighth great-grandfather, Conrad Wolflin, who served as mayor of Orsingen, Germany for 30 years.

"One of the things that I love about this find is it really illustrates what you can find out about your family history," Anastasia Tyler, lead genealogist on the project, told the Salt Lake Tribune. "World history is our history."

Obama's sixth great-grandfather, Johann Conrad Wolflin, was born on Jan. 29, 1729 in Besigheim, Wuerttemberg, Germany and in 1750 resettled in Pennsylvania. changing his name to Wolfley. Told of the Obama connection, current officials in Besigheim, tourist dollars dancing in their heads, jumped for joy.

Besigheim Deputy Mayor Klaus Schremps, whose town is photographed above, told the Associated Press Television Network he tracked down a copy of the parish record himself, and located Wolflin's name.

"If this turns out really to be the case," he said, "we will extend an invitation to Mr. Obama and if he would come and visit at some stage, it would be a great joy for the city and for the people."

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