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   Posted 9/9/2010 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
One thing I've always found interesting is the origin of names and where people's families originated. Many of us have likely dug into genealogy either a bit or gung-ho head first...lol The question for today is...where in the world do your ancestors come from? If you are comfortable sharing, how far back can you go?

My Dad's family was from England and they came over is the 1600's. At that time two brothers came to Hartford, Connecticut and helped settle the town. Many years ago hubby and I traveled there and located the obelisk with the founders names on it and there were the two brothers. It was fun to see. It's not like they were famous or anything, just that they were among a couple of dozen men who began the town. From there one brother migrated north and west into Canada and the other began slowly moving in an westerly direction. We do have 1 relative, who is a cousin and he had no children. He was Fredrick Law Olmstead, the man who designed Central Park in NY and many other parks, garden and landscapes. Maybe I got the tiniest bit of genes from him as my love for plants has carried me through my entire life. My mothers side was English and Irish so we're well set in the British Isles.

Where were your ancestors from?
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   Posted 9/10/2010 3:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm of 100% German origin. As far as I know, I can trace my family back into the early 1800's. As much as I love history, I'm surprised I haven't checked into all this more. My maiden name means "cemetary" (not sure what that's about). My husband is all German as well. Our daughter married an English, French, German, Native American. It's good to get some new blood in this family. :) Our son married a German.
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   Posted 9/10/2010 4:25 AM (GMT -7)   
My mom's family came from Wales. Someone has already done the genealogy on that side and has even set up a website. It is quite interesting. My great-great-etc. grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War, and my great grandfather married a Cherokee Indian.

My husband is German and French, so my daughter is a mixture of German, French, Welsh, and Cherokee Indian.

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   Posted 9/10/2010 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   

On my dad's side...English and Scottish.  On my mom's side, Irish, English and Cherokee Indian. (her grandmother was Cherokee)



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   Posted 9/10/2010 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   
My roots are Scottish Irish and American Indian.  Both sides of my family have deep south roots.  My Mother has a very rare birth mark under her left eye that extends to the top of her head that many years ago she saw a few plastic surgeons for and they both told her that this birthmark is generally found in Asian or African American people so we're not sure where that comes in.
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   Posted 9/10/2010 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Im kind of in the Heinz 57 catagory lol On my dads side he was mixed with 7 nationalities and I cant remember them all. I know there was some polish and swedish but not so sure on the rest. On my moms side she had French, Italian, and Norwegian. I am what they call a true mutt. lol
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   Posted 9/10/2010 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Dad's family was German. I can trace my roots back to 1797, the year my great-
great Grandfather was born in Ennigerloh, Germany. He came to America in 1836.

My Mom is of Irish and French descent.


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   Posted 9/10/2010 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
My dad is full blooded German...and my mom is Irish, English and Scottish.

My hubby's dad is also full German and his mom is Irish, English and some type of native but not sure which off the top of my forgetfull head. I know it too but just can't pull it out of the cobwebs.

We did a pretty good job of giving our kids nearly the same mix as ourselves...lol.
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   Posted 9/10/2010 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm a mix of English, German, Dutch, French, Scotch, and Irish. My mom tried so hard to get all the genealogy from hers and my dad's familes in order before she died, but that didn't happen, and now that's one of the things I really want to accomplish.

I do know both sides came over in the 1700s, and I have an ancestor on her side who fought in the Revolutionary War, and one on my dad's who was a bugle boy in the Civil War. Fascinating stuff. Now to wade through all the boxes and files!

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   Posted 9/10/2010 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm scotch, irish and welsh. SO I never replace anything until its beyond repair; I really enjoy Jamesons, and I love Richard Wilsons' beautiful landscapes!
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   Posted 9/10/2010 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Heinz 57 too, from what I know....which is little....grandfather was Indian, my grandmother from her last name seems German. My dad greek and Italian.
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   Posted 9/10/2010 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
on my mom's side: her mother was born in England and her father was here as far back as the pilgrims

Dad's side: His father was born in Italy and my gram on that bside was scotch / irish

I shorten it to English and Italian, funny thing is that my blue eyes and lighter hair come from the Italian side.
my mom has very dark hair and eyes
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   Posted 9/11/2010 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Odd that there are so many Cherokee. Add me to that list, my great grandmother was Cherokee. That's my dad's side, he's also English. My mom's side is Scottish, Irish, French and German. Diane
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   Posted 9/11/2010 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
My hubby is 3/4 Blackfoot.
Since this post started with a german defination, here is one........my Registered kennel name is Jagers-Tal.  Our first German Shepherd was named Hunter and here at this house there was a 2 acre field fenced with cattle fence that he never tried to escape, it was pretty much of a valley.  Hence Hunters Valley or Jagers-Tal.  Just a tidbit

Post Edited (GSDgirl) : 9/11/2010 9:18:16 PM (GMT-6)

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