Your Ancestry

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  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.

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  3. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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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 Affiliate Vendor

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  5. warlok1965

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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 Having a Ball

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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 White Hispanic

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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

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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

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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.
     


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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 grrrrrrrr!!

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

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


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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]
     


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    my ancestry is pure 100% Korean

    Didn't the silk road end in Korea?[​IMG]
     


  15. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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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.
     


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