On ancestors...we all have them, so...

United States
December 22, 2009 8:22am CST
Many people are fascinate with genealogy, a curiosity and desire to know where they came from and who their ancestors were. What of you? Do you know anything about your heritage or your ancestors? Share a few (or many) of the things you know about your ancestors. My list: I am of English, German, and French Canadian ancestory--I married a man of european and native american heritage, hence my children and grandchildren have that and Irish thrown into their mix so far Some of the professions/roles held by my ancestors: baker, preacher, homemakers, business owners, factory workers, teachers, farmers My family is now mainly in the US, and spread out all over this country Many of my ancestors from Europe originally settled in America's east coast and mid-western areas and branched out from there Please share something about your own heritage. Thank you :) Karen
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@jb78000 (15163)
22 Dec 09
i have never investigated my ancestry and am not sure it would be very easy given that some of the background to both sides is a bit murky. i can tell you that half my family comes from england and the other half from scotland but not a great deal more than that. i do know who my grandparents were...
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• United States
22 Dec 09
Hello Judith. Many of my own relatives originated in England...so who ever knows? I know many people who have "murky" knowledge of their ancestory. And then others can trace it waaaay back! Thank you for sharing the parts you do know. Karen
@zed_k4 (17619)
• Singapore
23 Dec 09
Scotland? That's really cool..
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@eddify (412)
• Pakistan
24 Dec 09
Thats a really interesting subject, since mine is known due to their charity and political links , we have books written on them. They migrated from Saudia Arabia, Iran and Turkey then were in Sub continent. It has a wide mixture of europe as well as of Scandavian. some of them got married while they were abroad for high studies. They are a mix of teachers, doctors, poloticians, traders, merchant and from Armed forces etc.
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• United States
25 Dec 09
Hello Edify How nice it would be to have actual books on one's ancestry. It is interesting to follow the trail of where we came from and to know what it is our ancestors did for a living, etc. Karen
@eddify (412)
• Pakistan
25 Dec 09
Yes its great to know all but the point is what my uncles says is ( and I think he is right) its more important in todays world what are you? Not what your previous generation was? They have done what was right at their time right, but u have for the generations to come and what u r doing to the present?
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• United States
26 Dec 09
Yes, I do understand your uncle's point and I think he is correct, but I don't think we like learning about our ancestors for that reason. Perhaps it is curiosity, or a desire to know the history of our roots, or where we may have gotten our gift for painting pictures or making music. And for adopted children, some seek it out to know what diseases, etc., run in their family. So there are many reasons why some of us wish to know of our ancestors, even though we know and value our own place and what we contribute in the here and now :) Karen
@savypat (20244)
• United States
22 Dec 09
My husband and I are genealogists, we not only do our families but others also. It's wonderful to find out where you came from and some of the things your families went through. It's also very important to write your memories for the sake of your children and their children. I wish I had more of mine. Part of my family were German Jews and they are all just wiped from the earth if part of that family had not come to the US around the time of the Civil War, I would no nothing before my Dad and his father. The other side of my family came before the Country was born and I have most of their history. But warning, genealogy has become so profitable that many scams abound. My family even passed many of these tales off as truth, it wasn't until I did the research and found the dates just didn't match that I was able to separate truth for fiction.
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@savypat (20244)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Ancestry is the one we use, but even there much information if obtain by undocumented sources so you have to be careful. The Census which are available are a great help and soon they will release the 1940 ones. From Census you can find an individual and the location of their home, and who their neighbors were. Ancestry is a great help here because they have cross referenced all the census information. So if you are looking for John Smith you will get a listing of every John Smith in that's year's Census. Of course the more information you have the easier it is to find the one you want. Many of our public Libraries have Heritage Quest which is available on line free to library members and that will give you all Census available.
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• United States
23 Dec 09
Oh, I need to look into the library site then, as I'm a member of our local library :)) Thank you for the other sites, as well Pat.
• India
11 Jan 10
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, Well, I have my reservations on this type of thinking, as this will go against International brother/sister-hoods. Why to think all these things, why to make groups, 'I am Indian, you are not the same, which am?'. I think such topics do create difference of opinionsin others mind. I have no such curiosity o know. Further, even if I say somethin, I am to prove. Can anyone of us prove that we were born to so and so in the present birth, then why to wastemy time in going back 1000 ys and so on back. So I say I keep my mouth shut and eyes open. May God bless You and have a great time.
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• United States
12 Jan 10
Hello my friend. Perhaps it means more to us in America as we are the great melding pot of many peoples from many lands, and the only ones originally here were the native Americans. In the great scheme of things, we are still a very very young country. It is good to learn our heritage...to know from where we might have originated in our families. It is for interest only, never to cause dis-harmony. But not everyone wishes to know or has that curiosity inside them here, either. Thank you for sharing your personal views on genealogy, and God bless you always. Karen
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• India
13 Jan 10
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, There was a great Indian Swami by name Swami Vivekananda, he spoke to World's Religion confrence at Chicago in 1874 , you must read comments by the Press (American Press), about India and our heritage. If US does not go for the money , it would be great. So I say, I reserve my comemnts. Everyone is lured to live in US, but, I think motherlnd will always be on top, including my grand daughter is also US born. May God bless You and have a great time.
@zed_k4 (17619)
• Singapore
23 Dec 09
You definitely have a nice mix there; English, German and French Canadian.. awesome. I am not really too much interested in my own heritage. I used to be so caught up but recently I'm not, because to me, it's what the person is that make the person, rather than the ancestry. Ancestry is just there, as a roots based and it's definitely important. I never doubt that at all. Just in my case, I prefer not to delve in too much. Because I believe that success comes to those who believe in it and make it, instead of just relying totally on their heritage. For instance, a rich boy comes from a rich family and refuses to work and create his own wealth and instead, relying heavily on the family's good name. Something like that. Oops, I hope I do not blabber too much though, lol..
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• United States
23 Dec 09
Hi Zed. I understand what you are saying, but for me, I am interested in the heritage from a point of curiosity only, rather than as a way to use the "family name" for anything. We're all made up of many names, when you get down to it, anyway. Thank you :) Karen
@zed_k4 (17619)
• Singapore
27 Dec 09
I agree. We should know at some point in life..
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
23 Dec 09
I really don't know much about mine at all. I know it would be interesting to learn about yourself but i have never tried. It's great u know as much as u do.
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• United States
23 Dec 09
Hello Jo. My interest began when in school we had to make a family tree and take it back as many generations as we could. I know they still do that, because my grandkids have asked me for such information for their own school projects :)) Sweet dreams. Karen
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
23 Dec 09
I didn't have that option in school , wish i had., that was a good thing for u.Have a great day.
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@madteaparty (2757)
• Japan
23 Dec 09
Usually people from the US are interested in knowing their heritage, as they're usually from foreign countries. Cultural differences are interesting, aren't they? In other countries we don't really care much about that. I come from the old continent, and I know that my grand parents and my grand grand parents were all born in the same country. Knowing the history of my country I can imagine my way earlier ancestors too.
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• Mexico
23 Dec 09
Hi mad tea party: I think cultural differences are really interesting. Even with that, the whole world have changed thanks to globalization and it's now easier to find people from the whole world no matter where you are. Even with that I think we all have at least a 0.0000001% of our gens from other countries and that's something interesting to explore. Thanks for your answer. Hope you are having a nice day. Merry Christmas/ Happy holidays. -Alvaro.
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• United States
23 Dec 09
Hello Mad So what you're saying then is that a German never married a French person and had Grench babies that grew up to marry someone from say, Belgium or Africa or Russia? Or are you "in other countries" besides the US not interested in knowing whether you are of peasant blood or royalty? From all that I have read, many in other countries are indeed interested in their ancestory, but there are always exceptions. And yes, usually I find cultural differences extremely interesting. Thank you for your response. Karen
• Philippines
23 Dec 09
Hi, PeacefulWmn9. It's good that you know much about your heritage. I don't know that much except that my paternal grandmother has Chinese blood and my maternal great grandfather is Spanish. I'm quite interested to know about my ancestry because sometimes I have questions which I think can be answered if I understand where I came from.
• United States
23 Dec 09
Hi Giada. Yes, I'm glad of the information, as I'm a very curious person...about many things. I think you are right. Knowing where we came from does help answer a lot of questions. Karen
23 Dec 09
our ancestries pretty boring =D
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• United States
23 Dec 09
Okay, and thank you for sharing that lol.
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Dec 09
Dad's side - Russian Jewish and Polish Mom's side - German, English or Welsh and PA Dutch (more German) My dad's father was born in Odessa, his mom somewhere in the Austro-Hungarian empire. My mom's dad's parents came from part of Prussia that is now Poland. Not sure about the others. Dawn
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• United States
23 Dec 09
Hi Dawnald...like me, then, you are quite a blend. That seems to be the way these days for most people. Karen
@terrile (97)
• United States
23 Dec 09
It's not a huge interest for me. but some of my family members on both sides are really into it and pass information to me. On my dad's side is some native american, in fact, I can be a card carrying indian if I fill out the paperwork. On my mom's side is an english duchess. What a mix.
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• United States
23 Dec 09
LOL, I think many of us are quite a mix. I often refer to myself jokingly as a "mutt." Karen
@squaretile (3831)
• Singapore
23 Dec 09
my ancestors were from china. they took a slow boat down to singapore. which is not in china, quite far from china in those days. they were from the southern part of china. my maternal side are from the dialect group called Hakkas, and my paternal side are from the Hokkiens. they came to south east asia to get a better life and here we all are now. thanks for the interesting discussion!
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• United States
23 Dec 09
Hi Square It is great that you know so much of your heritage. China's culture is very old, very dynamic and interesting. I love reading about it. I am glad glad your ancestors found the better life they were looking for. Thank you for your response :) Karen
• United States
23 Dec 09
Well, ancestry is getting harder to trace because of the way some families act. Like my family, everyone claims they aren't related to anyone else, even if they are because they hold grudges for so long,. As far as my family goes, I know that part of my ancestry comes from the abenaki indians, and the other half is from Samuel Morse whom is a great decendant of mine, somewhere up the line, but that's about all I know of my family, so when my kids ask me, it's just going to be even harder for them to find out anything else that I may have missed.
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• United States
23 Dec 09
Hi Ladymetal. Family grudges can be so sad. I am glad, though, that you know as much of your ancestry as you do! It is a place to start when you kids do ask. Karen
• Mexico
23 Dec 09
Hi Peaceful Woman: wow you're very European i think it's wonderful the things you discover when you make an investigation about your heritage. Unfortunetly It would be very difficult to me, to find if I have ancestors from other contries because, my father, mother, grandparents and even my great grandmother are from my country. I would need to search for information of more than 100 years and that's hard. Thanks for sharing with us what you have found about your genealogy, very interesting, thought. Hope you are having a nice day. Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays. -Alvaro.
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• United States
23 Dec 09
Hi Star. Yes, very European, and now all American :) Genealogy has always fascinated me. Thank you for responding, and happy holidays to you. Karen
@rjvb26 (2518)
• Philippines
23 Dec 09
Hi there, i cannot say much of my ancestors cause i think it is a little bit complex, but when i searched for our bloodline, i am really shocked. Actually our family at present is the closest descendants of those people, i discover that they reside in Italy before, and they are one of those most influential people of the medieval period, and now i think they are still one of the most influential, actually i have the copy of the coat of arms of our family, and now they are one of the famous mafia. I am not happy actually, knowing that my ancestors are that influential. At least i know where i came from and now i know why i am so brave. That is all i can say to you, have a great day.
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• United States
23 Dec 09
Hello Rjvb I think it would be wonderful to know clear back to medieval days where ones ancestors came from. How nice, too, that you even have a copy of the coat of arms :) Karen
• China
23 Dec 09
when i was a child my parents always told me i was born under my mum's arm so i was really curisoused about that for some time and as i grown up i know something more about the ancestor thing and think that ancestor must be one grate man and kindess so he can have so many child.
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• United States
23 Dec 09
Hello Celebratelife...what a great screen name! I think most of us our curious about our ancestors :) It is an interesting subject to explore. Karen
@vijayanths (7877)
• India
22 Dec 09
I like this discussion Karen thanks for that. When I was in my teen ages I wanted to know about my ancestors. I did a research in my village, met several old people of that period and collected valuable information about my ancestors. I am indeed very grateful to them. Because my today's life is what they had given me indirectly. I want to compose a song on them and circulate that cd to all of my family members. I will write the song, compose music with the help of my relative and I will sing the song. How is this?
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• United States
22 Dec 09
Hi Vijay. Thank you :) It's great that you know so much about your ancestors as to be able to write a song about them. It could be passed down and sung for many generations to come! So, I think that is a great idea. Karen
• United States
22 Dec 09
My ancestors are from all corners of the globe and they are of many races and nationalities. Most of them do come from Wales and once served the royal family of England. They were know as the "Wealthy Guardians".
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• United States
22 Dec 09
Hi Rogue. I think many of us in today's world are some kind of global mixture, with one or more countries or cultures that predominate, as Wales does for you. Interesting...I'd never heard of the "Wealthy Guardians," so that will be my new thing I learned today. Karen
@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
22 Dec 09
well my grandmother is german an my grandfather is american indain an french an on mom side american indain an french candain I have been researching my family tree an you wouldnt belive what I have found its like all the members of my hubbys family go back to england were miners an when they came here they became thats right miners an he is related to the hatfields an mccoys an daniel boone an jesse james on my mom's side we are related to robert guolet ,madonna celine dion an the dionne quints
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• United States
22 Dec 09
Hi Enola. You have very much a similar lineage as my own children do! How fascintating to hear those names so familiar to most Americans and know that they are related to you :)) Thank you for sharing your heritage with us. Karen
@pumeza (56)
• South Africa
22 Dec 09
In my culture we have tribes and from these tribes we are divided into clans. Each clan has a name and a clan praise. From the clan praise we are able to gather the names of our ancestors, the verly old ones. What this essentially does, it identifies all the descendants, for example if I had to come to America and meet someone with the same clan name as mine, even though I've never seen the person, that person is family and that means " no intimate relationship". We always take the clan praise of the fathers side. From my mother's side my great great grandmother was white but i'm not sure if she was dutch or not. I'm assuming dutch because dutch people are the ones that settled close where they lived. I am still perplexed about how she managed to do this, get married to a black man in south africa when racism was still ripe. I have never met her side of the family and i assume she was disowned. We dont have her photos but part of her complexion is still lives on till the 3rd generation.
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• United States
22 Dec 09
Hi Pumeza. That is fascinating that if you came here, you would know a relative by his or her clan praise. And yes, I imagine your grandmother would have been disowned, which is a shame. Racism has always been a complete mystery and sadness to me, as we are all of God's "human" race, when you get to the very bottom of things. Thank you for sharing how ancestory is worked out for you. Interesting, to say the least! Karen