I'd like to be able to claim Barack Obama as a cousin, but I can't. His mother's maiden name was Dunham, but she inherited it from a guy named Jonathan Singletary alias Dunham who DNA tests show wasn't related to my line. According to family friend Julia Suryakusuma, Mama Obama's complexion belied her native roots.
“You know Ann was really, really white,” smiled Suryakusuma, looking through the album, “even though she told me she had some Cherokee blood in her. I think she just loved people of a different skin colour, brown people.”No evidence was found by William Addams Reitwiesner of Cherokee heritage in Obama's pedigree.
Dunham was from Wichita, Kansas, but her parents moved to Hawaii in search of a better life. According to Obama, a distant ancestor was a “full-blooded Cherokee”. [Link]