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NEW YORK – President Barack Obama has family ties to none other than Sarah Palin, according to the genealogists at, a discovery the family history site made when looking for connections between political foes.

And that's not all — Obama also is apparently related to conservative radio host and relentless critic Rush Limbaugh.

A genealogist at the Utah-based, Anastasia Tyler, said Obama and Palin are 10th cousins through a common ancestor named John Smith, a pastor and early settler in 17th-century Massachusetts. Obama is related to Smith through his mother, as is Palin, Tyler said.

"Smith was against the persecution of the Quakers," Tyler said in an interview. "He was a very socially conscious man."

As for Limbaugh, he's also a 10th cousin of the president — one time removed — through a common ancestor named Richmond Terrell, who Tyler said was a large landowner in Virginia, also in the 17th century. "His history is a little more nebulous," Tyler said.

How do the genealogists come up with this stuff? Tyler said they start by picking the people they're interested in, then examine their family trees, going back further and further into history, looking for common surnames and locations.

In the recent project, genealogists looked at the trees of Obama, Palin, and Limbaugh but also a few others, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Fox News pundits Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. They didn't find anything much with the latter three.

[Related: How to trace your family tree online]

But former President George W. Bush? He's related to both Obama and Palin, the site found. Obama and Bush are 11th cousins through common ancestor Samuel Hinckley, and Bush and Palin are 10th cousins one time removed, also through Hinckley — who, and stay with us now, was John Smith's father-in-law. has revealed in the past that Obama is related to investor Warren Buffett and actor Brad Pitt. It has also found that Palin, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, is a distant cousin of both Franklin D. Roosevelt and Princess Diana.

The site isn't the only source of this sort of celebrity genealogy information — in 2007, Cheney's wife, Lynne, discovered ancestral ties between former Vice President Dick Cheney and Obama while researching her book. She said the relationship was eighth cousin, though the Chicago Sun-Times traced it as ninth cousins once removed.

And one other thing from It also found that Palin is distant cousins with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter, through John Lathrop, who was exiled to the United States from England for being a pastor of an illegal independent church.

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If this is true ..... it is absolutely SCARY how interrelated and intermixed we all may be!! 

I mean ... I suppose it all makes sense with only so many people basically confined in within the same general geographic area ....  everybody 'mixing it up' with everybody else ... cousins 'doing' cousins .... not to mention the rapes and other possible incest-type relationships!! 

We can never really know who is our "relative" and who is not.  ALL of y'all might be my family (and each others)  for real!!! 
Quote by ER: "We can never really know who is our "relative" and who is not.  ALL of y'all might be my family (and each others)  for real!!!  "

When I did my family tree 4 years ago, through my research I found out that on the Black side, three of ancestors were separated and sold off to three different plantations during slavery in my small southern home town (all plantations were within a 10 mile radius) and took the last name of their new massas and when we all came together for that second annual family reunion (at least 4 different family last names), a woman showed up and she knew my brother and he told me that they dated years ago.

He was shocked (and so was she) and he said to me "nothing happened" (knowing him, I don't buy it) but it was a red flag for me and my relatives.....Do no date or get  or get involved in a relationship with any woman in my small home town because you just don't know!

And the White folk? I know exactly who they are on the White side (and they know also) but they won't talk to you about it or say anything anyway so you never know who you're related to and because of not knowing, many marriages of total strangers are probably co-mingled in this exact same manner producing children so President Obama and Sarah Palin related?....probably because this country's shameful, racist & violent and past in this realm is one of the terrible ills that will never rectify itself.
When my nephew began dating the girl who is now his wife (in high school), she started coming to family gatherings (I think it was at Thanksgiving) ... and talking to my Dad, we found out that she is from the same little small Texas town that my Dad is from!!  Her grandmother lived on the same street, about 4 blocks down, from where my father was born and raised.  He asked her her last name .... and his eyes went like !!!

One of his uncles and a brother had married girls  from that family ... and there was a possibility that she (my niece-in-law) may have been the product of one of those unions!!    They had to take blood tests to make sure they were compatible once news of the impending birth of my first great-niece came out!!

It seems like everything has turned out okay.  But, at our recent family reunion down there, she found two distant-cousins who were also our distant-cousins .. we think by marriage only ... but ... we've just decided it's best to just leave that alone! 

I think most White people down here in the South would have a heart attack and drop dead on the spot if they knew how many Black relatives they are directly blood-related to!!
Do no date or get or get involved in a relationship with any woman in my small home town because you just don't know!
LOL, it does make you wonder, doesn't it?  But if you don't know, Cholly, and it's distant enough, it doesn't matter...  Once you pass the 3rd cousin barrier, you're not "related" enough for there to be a problem.  And Obama and Palin are 10th cousins, so I did a quick estimation.  We all may have as many as 9 million 10th cousins!  

That would be one packed-ass family reunion!
Well, I'll tell you.....

When I was going to family reunions, as a young man, I ran into my FIRST COUSIN.




Killing me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I made a rule right then.

I REFUSE to have any 'good-looking' SECOND cousins.

And common sense helped me to be certain that was true.

For the rest of her life, I was always 'stunned' by her.

I quickly got over the 'attraction' thing cause 'she didn't play'.

Anyway, I was too young....'he said'.

Family reunions are important.

It is important for our children to know who they are.


Jim Chester

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