President Obama to Receive a Certificate of Irish Heritage

President Barack Obama

DUBLIN, Jan. 27, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — US President Barack Obama is set to become one of the first “Irish-Americans” to receive a Certificate of Irish Heritage in recognition of his Irish ancestry. The certificate will be officially awarded to President Obama on March 17th, to mark the beginning of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations for 2011.

It is estimated that up to 70 million people worldwide claim Irish Heritage, with a significant number of those living in the United States. The Certificate of Irish Heritage, open to people of Irish ancestry, has been created to recognize people’s Irish Heritage and to encourage those with Irish roots to explore the history and tradition associated with their own personal heritage.

Read the full article in the January 27, 2011 edition of the Centre Daily Times.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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