Ancestry.com: President Obama could be descended from African slave

Ancestry.com: President Obama could be descended from African slave

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a bill-signing ceremony July 6, 2012 at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. President Obama signed HR 4348, the transportation and student loans bill, into law during the ceremony. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 31 at 2:39 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Ancestry.com says it has found evidence that President Barack Obama could be a descendent of an African slave.

Obama's black father is from Kenya and his white mother is from Kansas. It has been reported repeatedly in the past that Obama's ancestors were not slaves.

The Utah-based Ancestry.com now says a team of researchers found his mother's mixed-race family line appears to trace back to one of the first documented African slaves in the U.S.

The company says Obama could be the 11th great-grandson of an African slave in colonial Virginia.

The Ancestry.com team used DNA analysis, marriage and property records to trace Obama's maternal ancestry. The company says two years of effort hasn't established a definitive link because of gaps in family history. The White House declined comment Monday.

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