"Do You Know Where You Come From"

@lelin1123 (15645)
Puerto Rico
March 13, 2010 6:17pm CST
As anyone seen this new show on NBC, Friday nights. Each week they take someone famous and show that person finding out their ancestry. It is such an interesting show. My daughter and I are trying to do a family tree on ancestry.com to find out how far back our family goes and if there is anything interesting in our backgrounds. By the way if anyone thinks your life is private its not. I found out thru ancestry.com that my mom was on a passenger list from Puerto Rico to New York back in 1948. She couldn't believe it nor could we. To learn the history of where your family comes from to me is so interesting. You don't know your true self unless you know where you come from.
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@patgalca (14301)
• Orangeville, Ontario
14 Mar 10
A member of my father's family, second cousin I believe, put a book together, had it printed and bound. It goes back to the 1600's. My mother's family has a tiny duotang with info not going back very far. I have been watching this show and find it fascinating. I am not a history buff at all but to find that your family was a part of some historic event is amazing. I would like to search further back, especially on my mother's side, but can't afford to pay the fee to sign up for ancestry.com. May some day when I can afford it I will.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
14 Mar 10
The 1600's that is great. I'm so into the show and I love to learn the history its just so interesting.
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@CarlHalling (3629)
• United Kingdom
14 Mar 10
I don't go back too far. My mother is from Canada; her father was a carpenter and electrician born in Tyrone, Northern Ireland of Scottish ancestry, her mother was from Glasgow, Scotland. My father's mother was a Londoner I believe, but he (my dad) was born in Australia, and his father was (possibly) a Dane. My grandmother's ancestry allegedly goes back to an English coachman, who inherited some money. There is a purported aristocratic connection too, with the Peerage of Ireland, but this has never been corroborated. I'm a mixture, but ethnically British, with a possible Danish admixture.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
14 Mar 10
This is all so interesting. With all that info I would want to know as far back as possible.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
14 Mar 10
Hi lelin1123! I plan to do a genealogy on my family one these days. I just haven't done it yet because I know it takes a lot of time and I'm involved in so many other things that take time. Another thing I'm concerned about is being disappointed. I've been told that there is some Indian in my family history and I'm just concerned about not being able to find out anything in this regard. I'm very much interested in Indian folklore. People tell me all the time that I look Indian, though. What is so strange about this is when I was a child, nobody thought I looked Indian. I've been told that your features change the older you get. Plus, I wear Indian stuff a lot and I think this tends to bring out the Indian in me. Getting back to your discussion, yes, family history is very interesting. Kathy.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
14 Mar 10
To be descents of the American Indian would be so interesting, but like you said the records may be hard to find for that period. Its all so interesting.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
15 Mar 10
There are a lot of people in my area who have some Indian in them. That's because there were a lot of Cherokees in Walker County, which is the county I live in, at one time. Kathy.
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
29 Mar 10
Thank you for the best response! Kathy.
@trisha27 (3505)
• United States
14 Mar 10
I was watching this show along with my grandmother, cousin and brother. I enjoyed this show. I think it would be interesting to know where I came from as well and knowing who are our ancestors. I really enjoyed the first episode though.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
15 Mar 10
I have seen both shows now and they were both so interesting. I was amazed at the records that are kept from way back when.
• United States
14 Mar 10
lol i watched the first episode but havent gotten around to the last one yet.. my mom loves to do the whole family tree thing and we found out that one of our descendants was from italy and ran away and changed his name and identity when he came to america so they couldnt find him (2 theories on why.. one was that his mother wanted him to be a priest and i cant remember the other one) and so i thought that was cool.. to know some one back then not only left their country but their identity to get away even though it had made a roadblock in getting more info =( my best friend is related to president obama lol
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
15 Mar 10
I know I have come up to a roadblock myself but I hope to break through it. That is great for someone to find out they are related to President Obama.
@MrKennedy (1994)
14 Mar 10
I've always thought about it, but I have never actually explored my ancestry. I bet there are lots of unexpected surprises that I don't know about my previous generations who all contributed to my existence that remain a mystery to me.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
15 Mar 10
Yes I think its all so interesting to know where we are come from. I have been able to go back a far as 1850 and I hope to be able to go back further eventually.
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• Philippines
14 Mar 10
I don't know exactly yet where I came from. I am interested but I think it's a tough thing to do.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
15 Mar 10
If you have the previous names and births of great grandparents and great great grandparents it shouldn't be so hard just alot of work.
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@marianna45 (1400)
• Romania
14 Mar 10
Yes, I was curious to know where I come from, where my parents and grandparents came. It is interesting to know your roots, so as you can, even several generations, and because my parents were curious too, I get to know ancestors, I am 100% Romanian, with parents Romans settled on this place for many years . We found the church, which keeps all data in the cache, data on grandparents and great-grandparents.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
15 Mar 10
That is great, so you know who you are!
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@carmenzhj (120)
• New Zealand
14 Mar 10
When I was little I heard from my grandpa said our great-grandpa is from Peru. My grandpa when to China when he was only 5 and because the war he couldn't go back. And since then he started the family there, and lost other connection with other familes in Peru. We tried to located our ancestry it is too hard to trace all the way back 1908.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
14 Mar 10
I found family going back to the 1800's so 1908 would not be so hard. You can check it out on ancestry.com. You can't believe the records that they kept. I was able to see my mom's name on a passenger's list on Pan American Flight traveling from Puerto Rico to New York in 1948.
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• United States
14 Mar 10
I have been curious about my ancestry and would love to find out my roots. My mother has begun the process. Soon I plan to join her in the effort to dig up our past.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
14 Mar 10
That is great. Its alot of work but its so worth it.
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
14 Mar 10
Hubby and I are genealogist and have been for over twenty years. You are coming into this hobby at a wonderful time. Now all you really need is the Internet. When we started we had to do all our own research and contacted the Morman Church for what they had. It's really fun and full of surprises. You will enjoy what you find if you can be objective, nothing that was done in the past can be changed and you are not responsible for whatever happened. It helps to remember if you are in the USA, that most of our people came here to run away from whatever was happening in their country of orgin. Enjoy
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
15 Mar 10
That is so interesting to know that you are both genealogists. I'm so hyped about learning everything that I can about my ancestors. I have reached 1850 and hope to go back further but right now I think I'm at a stand still. I have no worries of finding bad stuff I just want to know as much as possible and as far back as possible. I just find the history of family is so interesting and exciting to learn about. I just wish the census were filled out by the people and not the census taker. I have found alot of misspelled names which does not help in trying to connect the dots.
@savypat (20247)
• United States
15 Mar 10
Remember thta the further back you go the less people knew how to read and write. Most census were answered by women, they were the ones at home when the census takers came. Also in certian parts of the country names were not spoken as they were spelled and a great many people were called by their nick names, on their birth certificates their names were entirely different. For instance: A John Smith Jr. was often called Bud or Junior especially if his Father was still alive.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
16 Mar 10
Thanks for the insight!
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
14 Mar 10
I have caught the show once & they had emmit smith on there who is my all time fave from dancing w/the stars. It was interesting but i haven't seen it again. I didn't really know what night it was on but now i do thanks to u. I really have never been interested in tracing my family tree. Guess i should be. Happy sunday yo u.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
14 Mar 10
Emmit Smith was the second show. The first was with Sarah Jessica Parker. This Friday I believe it will be showing Lisa Krudow from the show "Friends."
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
14 Mar 10
Thanks for the info. HAve never watched friends so don't guess i'd be interested in that one.
@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
22 Mar 10
Well I certainly have no clue lol I do not know my Dad not even his Name my Mum never told me and will not, which somehow makes me think she does not know lol Both my Brothers have different Dads to but they know their Dads It has never bothered me as such I have accepted it, but I will say I know who I am I am me and nothing can or no one can or will change that
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
22 Mar 10
Yes, you are you, but its great also to know where your roots come from.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
18 Mar 10
I have my family roots going back to the 1700's on both sides and would love to go back even further, but I don't think it is possible, because it was my cousin who found our history through ancestry.com and that is as far as it went.. Did find some really interesting people in my family though, a revolutionary war hero that a county in Ohio is named after..:)
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
19 Mar 10
That is really interesting. I have only been able to go back to about 1862. I wish I could go back further but I have reached a roadblock.
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@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
14 Mar 10
Yeah, I have seen that show and it got me into thinking too. I'd really love to trace our family root but I know this would take up a lot of time and effort and could be something impossible. I do not know of any group that does this as a sort of service.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
15 Mar 10
You could find out by going to ancestry.com. They are conducting a 14 free trial period, if interested. It is alot of work but if you have all the info such as grandparents and great grandparents it wouldn't be so hard to do.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Mar 10
I know a little about my ancestry but not near as much as I would like to. I think that it would be amazing to learn about the history of my family. I have looked up a few things here and there but I have never dedicated myself to really searching.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
15 Mar 10
It takes alot of work but its so worth it to me. Just to know your roots and where it all began.