Silverfox3280 12 Dec 2012 comment
“Hmmm. I'm not sure if that is a political comment I should leave alone or if you're asking a serious genealogy question. I'll just assume you're asking a genealogical question.”
It should be discussed as a serious genealogical subject, because that is what it is.
President Obama’s Ancestors on his mother’s side can be very easily traced back to New England, Europe and back to the “European” Royalty
If you investigate his mother’s ancestors you will see names and places such as Dunham [A staid Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England; Plymouth County, Massachusetts; New Jersey; and Virginia family], Armour [Kansas], FitzRandolph [Nottingham, England; Scituate, Massachusetts; Barnstable, Massachusetts; and New Jersey], Ballou [Leiden, Holland], Delano [where have you heard that name before?, Massachusetts], Morton, Blossom, etc
Generally the “family” immigrated to the “Plymouth County” Massachusetts area in the very early 1600’s, made their way to the Barnstable area, then to New Jersey in the early 1700’s, to Virginia in the middle 1700’s, then to Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, and then to Hawaii where the President was born
His family is not unlike many other early New England families ------ Staying in New England for a considerable time and then on to New Jersey and then the slow trek west.
Through the Dunham, FitzRandolph, Ballou and Morton surnames he is related to many families in the United States [and “Europe” Royalty] who also came to the Plymouth area in the early 1600’s
My “family”, as apparently did silverfox’s, came to New England in the very early 1620’s, stayed there for a few hundred years and then did the same trek west. So I have a lot of “European Royalty", Mayflower Passengers, and U.S. Presidential Ancestors/Relationships ---- a much unexpected set of findings after our family working on this genealogy for over a hundred years. I too like silverfox have created special books, charts, etc to describe all of this
So another answer to the question is “It is a natural fall out for people investigating their families who came into the Plymouth Colony area in the early 1600’s”
For those interested in the subject I point you to two books, both by Gary Boyd Roberts ---“The Royal Descendants of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States” and “Ancestors of American Presidents”