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Your Ancestry

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Gav, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. Gav

    Gav Active Member

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    I find this extremely interesting.

    A relative of mine researched our family tree, we had a rough idea what to expect as our surname is of Irish descent. We managed to trace back to the mid 1700s where, as far as we can tell, our family originated from Lisburn, County Antrim in Northern Ireland. I've got direct family that stay there as it is, but knowing the place where we came from gave me a cool sense of pride.

    As it turned out my family moved to Scotland due to the Irish potato blight and we've been here ever since.

    So over to you, what's your story and where do you really come from?

    Gav

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  2. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    My ancestry is Austro-Hungarian German.

    Jon.
     
  3. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Senior member

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    I'm originally a mix of English on the Pop's side and Irish on my Mom's side.

    Also in my more recent ancestry, I'm related to one of the first Grand Wizards of the KKK, Bud Wilkinson.

    Not exactly a proud thing, but interesting nonetheless, and I can say we've come a long way since then lol.
     
  4. Amar ezzahi

    Amar ezzahi Senior member

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    My ancestry is from the Ottoman empire.
     
  5. warlok1965

    warlok1965 Senior member

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    Researching your roots can be addicting - check out www.familysearch.org. Assuming you can latch onto a recent ancestor for whom good records have been entered, you can get quite far back, especially if you get into European nobility since they kept good track of their lineages.

    I've actually traced both my parents back to John Lackland of England ("Good for Nothing Prince John" for you Robin Hood fans). It's not just me though - from what I've read basically everyone of western European descent alive today is descended from Charlemagne. From there you can actually trace the tree all the way back to the early A.D., although I'm pretty skeptical about the accuracy.

    Yeah. That and I just found out a few months ago that my great great grandfather was probably black; I'm as white as can be! [​IMG]
     
  6. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Senior member

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    Researching your roots can be addicting - check out www.familysearch.org. Assuming you can latch onto a recent ancestor for whom good records have been entered, you can get quite far back, especially if you get into European nobility since they kept good track of their lineages.

    I've actually traced both my parents back to John Lackland of England ("Good for Nothing Prince John" for you Robin Hood fans). It's not just me though - from what I've read basically everyone of western European descent alive today is descended from Charlemagne. From there you can actually trace the tree all the way back to the early A.D., although I'm pretty skeptical about the accuracy.

    Yeah. That and I just found out a few months ago that my great great grandfather was probably black; I'm as white as can be! [​IMG]


    Yeah, and I'm actually part of the Sang Real Merovingian bloodline. Ask dan brown!

    I keed, I keed. Geneaology is awesome to do, and a lot of fun.
     
  7. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan Senior member

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    My last name is MacD--------, but we actually came here from Chile. Apparently, quite a few MacD-------s settled in Argentina and Chile to raise cattle. My grandfather and his brother, Carlos, came here in the 30's. Any trace of hispanic culture died soon thereafter.
     
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  8. kever

    kever Senior member

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    I'm about half English, a quarter French and a quarter Irish. Apparently our family tree lead back to being the descendants of the bastard child of Prince Albert. I don't know too much more about it, but I thought it was kinda funny.
     
  9. jpeirpont

    jpeirpont Senior member

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    Interesting topic, as I'm in the process of trying to trace our ancestry back to Africa. So far I've found I'm far "blacker" than my color portrays. My mothers father traces back to slaves who landed in Norwich, CT, her mother's side goes south to Tuskegee but thats only a 150 years backs. My father is Jamaican; "family tales" say we are descendant of the Ashanti on his dad's side and on his mothers side is African with one lone Asian, which until last month I assumed was Chinese since I have a uncle who's half Chinaman, but is actually Indian.
     
  10. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    I'm a bit of a euro mutt, with some Alsatian. I'm also distantly related to Herbert Hoover. Whoopee! I can think of a few presidents I'd rather count as a relation.
     
  11. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    my ancestry is pure 100% Korean
     
  12. eg1

    eg1 Senior member

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    Irish, from Co. Kerry in early 1830s, before the famine.

    So spare me the Kerryman jokes, eh? [​IMG]
     
  13. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    Irish, from Co. Kerry in early 1830s, before the famine.

    So spare me the Kerryman jokes, eh? [​IMG]


    How about Kerrygold jokes?
    Sorry, could not resist [​IMG]
     
  14. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    my ancestry is pure 100% Korean

    Didn't the silk road end in Korea?[​IMG]
     
  15. Nantucket Red

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    On my mother's paternal side, we trace our ancestry back to one Hubert DeForest born in 1006. It must have been his grandson who was a chevalier in the first crusade. The family were either landed gentry or nobility. My great grandfather 12 generations back was one Jesse DeForest, who secured the royal charters, ships, supplies, etc. for the settlers who founded New Amsterdam. His name is inscribed on the Walloon Monument in Battery Park in lower Manhattan.

    On her maternal side, our ancestors first landed in England with William the Conqueror and first landed in the New World on the Mayflower.

    On my father's paternal side, my grandfather was newspaper columnist FPA of the Algonquin Round Table, among other notable claims to fame.

    On his maternal side, my great, great grandfather was the composer and music publisher George Frederick Root.
     
  16. Dakota rube

    Dakota rube Senior member

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    Lots of Irish (counties Leitrim and Sligo), some Scottish and a big ole mess of German.
     
  17. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    My mother's parents were both born in Ireland; grandpa is from Rathkeal, Limerick and grandma is from around Lurgan, Antrim. Due to some "insubordination" from my great-great grandfather (directed at the British Army), my grandmother's family was forced to flee to Scotland. It's a funny story, actually...he was a train conductor, and one day was assigned to transport a company of British regulars from the Midlands to somewhere in Sligo. After a hurried conversation with the other employees, they decided to waylay the Brits. Somehow, he convinced the Officer Commanding that their destination was "just over that hill" when he dropped them off. Well, he stopped at a rural station and directed the soldiers towards naught but a swath of bogland. [​IMG] He gathered his immediate family and left for Scotland about a day later, and apparently the police were searching for him after he departed. Obviously it was safe to return a generation later, and my grandmother was raised in Edinburgh and Ireland. After her education at the University of Edinburgh, she left for the U.S. My dad's side is more mixed. His grandmother was 100& Irish, his grandfather 100% Polish. Through some research, I've learned that the Polish folks were actually transplanted Lithuanians. My dad's mother on that side has a very mixed heritage: French, some Dutch, something else as well IIRC. One thing I do know: If my great-great grandparents hadn't changed their name from "Pavlovski" to a shortened version, I'd be getting a lot of dog jokes.
     
  18. jpeirpont

    jpeirpont Senior member

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    my ancestry is pure 100% Korean

    For some reason, I've alway been jealous of the unmixed.
     
  19. rnoldh

    rnoldh Senior member

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    Jewish

    50% Ashkenazic Jewish, German Polish on my Fathers side

    50% Sephardic Jewish, Mediterranean, on my Mothers side.

    My Great Grandparents on my Fathers side lived in Germany and Romania.

    My Great Grandparents on my Mothers side lived in Greece and Turkey.

    All 4 of my Grandparents came to the US via Ellis Island.
     
  20. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    I'm about 40% Irish, 25% Italian, 25% Dutch, and the rest Scots-Irish and Norwegian. My grandpa did the research, but I didn't really care much. I got to write off one side of my family entirely at 18, so I don't figure knowing my whole genome is ever going to happen or matter to me. Luckily, my replacement step-family (pretty much 100% German) is cool.
     

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