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Old 06-01-2006, 07:18 AM   #21
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Both sets of my grandparents were born in the USA, but their parents came here from Russia and Poland.

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Old 06-01-2006, 10:47 AM   #22
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My Dad's side of the family is Irish, Scottish, and Swedish. Since my mom was adopted I am not sure of what her family lineage is.

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Old 06-01-2006, 10:54 AM   #23
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I have Irish, Sioux and Cherokee blood. Not sure what else. I'm a mongrel too. LOL
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Old 06-01-2006, 11:02 AM   #24
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I have researched my ancestry on the Internet for several years now. It is truely amazing the amount of genealogical information out there. The two main web sites I used were Ancestry.com which costs $$ and their sister, free, website, RootsWeb.com. I have been able to identify almost 600 of my direct line ancestors and was astonished to find that most of them arrived on these shores in the 1600's. About 95% of those 600 folks came from England, with a handful from Germany, France, Ireland, Scotland, Wales. Before I started this research I thought I was German cause Zaring is german, but that is not the case.

I would strongly encourage you younger folks to ask your older relatives about their lives and ancestors. By the time I was born, 3 of my grandparents were deceased. It seems most people get interested in genealogy in their later years, after their ancestors are long gone. I had a great head start in the baby book my Mom prepared for me, it had a family tree that listed all 8 of my great grandparents.

Genealogy is a facinating science and a great history lesson too!
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Old 06-01-2006, 11:09 AM   #25
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My roots used to be brown, now they're mostly grey. (ha ha, no).

Actually, I'm 1/2 Italian (both of my Dad's parents are 100% Italian), 1/4 Irish (Mom's mother), and...get ready for this...1/4 Polish Jew (Mom's father).

Mom's father, my late Grandpa Mo, was the eldest of 3 kids when they escaped from Poland and came to New York (this, of course, was somewhere around 1910 or 1915). HIS mother was a widow, although I think she eventually remarried in the U.S. My grandfather was essentially put in charge of caring for his siblings.

In (approximately) 1925, Grandpa Mo met Mary Ellen Reilly, and they fell in love. One big problem: she was Irish Catholic, he was Jewish. At the time, this match was considered unthinkable.

Soooo, Grandpa Mo converted to Catholicism. Took him a couple of years to make it official, but he did it. He and my Grandmother got married; they eventually had a total of four children, three sons and a daughter (in that order). The daughter, Kathryn Rita, went on to become the mother of a nearly-famous Brickman.

Interesting note: my Mom, as well as her 3 brothers, attended Catholic School while they were growing up in New York. And they were the ONLY kids in their class with the last name "Levine".

Interesting note Number Two: Mom's eldest brother, my late uncle Howard, spent several years in the U.S. Army. Because of his last name, it was assumed that he was Jewish, so he was excused from certain drills/exercises during Jewish holidays. But when he didn't show up on Christmas or Easter etc. his superiors would question his absence. Howard would simply show them his dogtag, which was clearly marked with a "C"--for Catholic.

(my family is a creative bunch)

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Old 06-01-2006, 11:21 AM   #26
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Me... English, Scottish, Dutch, German, Polish, French Canadian Indian and
a mixture of lots of other things. But.. I'm most proud of being Greek by marriage. : )
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Old 06-01-2006, 11:43 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by buckytom
...andy, did your family endure the Armenian holocaust of '15-'17? it's something that all people should edumacate themselves about, since genocide is still going on around the world...

Yes, they did. The stories were gut wrenching. As a kid, I didn't get nursery rhymes, I got stories of my parents' childhoods. My great grandfather saw his son (my grandfather) murdered at a mass grave site. My mother and aunt worked for a friendly sheik carrying water when they were young girls.

Groups of Armenians marched from town to town looking for locations where the local govt. was friendly. They were able to get to the US as young adults, thanks to an uncle, and start over.

It's amazing to me that so many of us have diverse backgrounds. Just looking at the diverse locations around the world for DC members is amazing. Factor in the diverse ethnic backgrounds and the mix we have here is amazing!
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Old 06-01-2006, 12:00 PM   #28
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... It is truely amazing the amount of genealogical information out there...

Only if you lived in the normal country.

I am from Ukraine and you couldn't even find info on my great grand parents. Even though my grand father told me a lot. Nobody even knows where they died, most likely killed by nazis or buried.

Oh, yeah, I am Not Ukrainian.
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Old 06-01-2006, 12:52 PM   #29
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I'm 100% Czech on both sides of the family. In fact, my parents are second cousins, which my husband says explains an AWFUL lot. As for hubby, he's 100% Ukrainian.

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Old 06-01-2006, 01:42 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by buckytom
for me, i am 1/2 irish, and 1/2 norwegian.
You just described Ken's ancestry. Mine is slightly more diverse. I'm half Ukrainian from Dad (my grandparents emigrated when they were very young), and 1/4 Irish, 1/4 English from my Mom.

Since there is more Irish than anything else in my kids we eat a lot of potatoes...

We are just like most of you, a nice intermingling of many cultures.

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