Obama Genealogy and Megan Smolenyak

Did you know Megan Smolenyak was the instigator of President Obama’s recent visit to Ireland in May? She started it all by delving into his family history, looking for the most recent immigrant to the U.S. in his family tree on his mother’s side.

President Obama’s ancestry has deep American roots–going back into the 1600s and 1700s. Megan found that the president’s most recent ancestor immigrated to the U.S.  in the early 1850s. He was Falmouth Kearney from Ohio and Indiana once he got here.

With this knowledge, the presidential visit to Moneygall, Co. Offaly, where Falmouth Kearney was from, was announced on St. Patrick’s day this year. In May Moneygall rolled out the red carpet to welcome home the most famous descendant of one of their native sons: the President of the United States.

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Posted on by Jane Wilcox


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