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Old 06-01-2006, 04:10 PM   #31
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Scots-Irish, with some English sprinkled in. Mom's great-whatever grandfather was one of the first 5 of their surname to emigrate from Ireland sometime between 1690 and 1700. We can trace mom's roots back to the 1400s, with her family surname appearing sometime in ~1500 BC. Dad's side is harder to track because the verbal tradition isn't there like mom's is, but they're from the south of Scotland and North of England. I need to get with my eldest aunt, as she's traced more of it than I have.

I wear the Douglas tartan when I have my good kilt on. I have kin that fought against the Crown in the American Revolution, as well as kin that fought on both sides in The War of Northern Aggression.
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Old 06-01-2006, 05:03 PM   #32
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Grandmothers: both born in South Africa, both Dutch speaking. One Grandmother was a true Afrikaner going back a couple of generations in Africa. The other was from a more recently imigrated Hollander family, and, oddly, never considered herself an Afrikaner.
One grandfather (b. 1879!) was borth in South Africa, but his father immigrated in about 1825 from Alsace-Lorraine. The other was probably also born in South Africa, but his parents immigrated from Australia.
Both sets of grandparents raised their children speaking English as their first language, sending them to English speaking schools.
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Old 06-01-2006, 07:48 PM   #33
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I never felt connected to any of my 'ethnic' heritage. The culture I relate to is the Iowa farmer. The paternal side of my family was very influential in my upbringing. I was raised on a farm. I worked on my grandfather's, uncle's and father's farms. We had family reunions on farms and lots of extended family (paternal) would come (all farmers). For the record, I think my grandfather and his siblings (10) were born in Iowa and his father and mother came from Germany. But nobody ever talked about German culture (I assume there is some).

On my mother's side... now THAT is an interesting story. She was stolen from an orphanage at the age of 4 and never knew her real family. She was only ever told 'stories' about what happened to them. Just a couple of years ago I found them (YAY ME!) and she has recently met siblings she never remembered she had and learned what really happened to her parents and her siblings. It's a long story, but an interesting one. I also found out that, coincidentally, my blood cousin moved to Vegas about a month before I did. We've met and get together occasionally. Incidentally, he looks a lot like my brother... who looked nothing like anyone in our immediate or extended (paternal) family growing up. We always joked with him about looking like the mailman... but it turns out he looks like the other (now known) side of the family.
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Old 06-02-2006, 12:02 AM   #34
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alix, i knew i liked ken the first time i met him. brothers in "d'oh".

andy, i had an armenian friend when i was a kid who told me the same stories that you'd mentioned. it was unspeakable evil.

and yes, YAY Z!!!!! way to go dude! you've given your family a priceless gift, of unity and connections thru time.

and speaking of unity, ahem, phinz, that was "the war between the states", for our country's unity. you lost (due to archaic tactics, a few bad decisions, and rapidly improving weaponry. not for lack of toughness or spirit). get over it already.
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Old 06-02-2006, 12:50 AM   #35
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and yes, YAY Z!!!!! way to go dude! you've given your family a priceless gift, of unity and connections thru time.
I gotta tell ya buck.... I 'well up' every time I tell (or write about) that story... now too. Nothing has given me more pleasure in my life than to have created a bridge for my mother (at age 64) to her surviving relatives. She ended up meeting her oldest brother only about 6 months before he died and now visits her sisters regularly. I think it's the most significant thing I've ever done. She was always told she was adopted and that her 'real' family was dead. She was never really mistreated or anything. I think the woman who 'took' her (the loving, wonderful woman I always thought of as my grandmother) thought she was rescuing her while, in reality, she was ripping her from her 4 older siblings who, because of their more developed age, never 'got over it' the way she did. It turns out they had looked for her for years and for over 50 years had wondered what had happened to their baby sister.
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Old 06-02-2006, 12:54 AM   #36
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awww that's bittersweet z. my eyes are welling up now too
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Old 06-02-2006, 12:57 AM   #37
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that's absolutely incredible z! i wasn't kidding about the gift you gave your family. it will now carry on throughout the years, growing in it's importance and magnitude as the years pass for all of your family members. you should be very proud.
kudos, man.
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Old 06-02-2006, 03:30 AM   #38
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That is an incredible accomplishment Z! I'm sure your mother (as well as the rest of the family) feels such gratitude for finding her siblings! Like bucky said, you should be very proud!
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Old 06-02-2006, 07:25 AM   #39
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Z, that is an incredible story, I not only welled up, I cried. What a gift you have provided to your family!

I thought I would provide a link to the RootsWeb site page that lists the various mailing lists available. They are grouped first by surname, then geographical locations and finally, other. I utilized all three. If I could not find my ancestors, say the Mills family, under the Mills mailing list, I would then try the county/state they resided in. Like this food web site, genealogy mailing lists have people who are extremely helpful in finding information.

http://lists.rootsweb.com/
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Old 06-02-2006, 07:33 AM   #40
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((Z)))I just have to say I have read and re-read your family history and am in such awe of you to have taken that path on this journey and found your Mom's family -a beautiful ending to an incredible story and the part I love most is the pride and accomplishment you feel and should feel for completing such an adventure.Much congratulations to you and many, many long happy years with your "found" family!!!!Love and energy, Vicki
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