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Our origins --- Where do you and your family come from?

Yup, the name is Irish, though I am three generations removed, still I have some Irish traits, not the least of which is enjoying a good yarn. The blood is well mixed, with German, English, Mongolian and Irish, I guess that makes me a man of the world, lol...

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Blimey how cool is this discussion? Well I feel a bit boring. My family hail from the Midlands of England, although my maternal grandmother is northern Irish and I like to think I've inherited a lot of her traits! Admittedly I've never researched my family history, but it's on my to-do list. My maiden name is Hargreaves, and someone once told me that we are descended from the Vikings, but that's all I know. I'm a small-town girl when all's said and done, but I have a rich imagination...

I'm from England, born in London, but my parents are Greek Cypriot. Apparently we also have some Venetian and French blood from a few generations back on my father's side. I don't know much about my mother's side of the family, but she is very fair skinned with light brown hair and hazel eyes so not typically Greek in looks. Most of her family are like that.

Its amazing to find how out about our families history, i am sure there is both good and bad there for most. I have a great great great uncle in Germany that was murdered in Hamburg docks, but no one in the family knows why he was even in Hamburg at all as he was meant to have been elsewhere at the time... A mystery.
 
Bruce Jackson Spohn said:

With a name like Spohn I knew I had a German History, but it was not until my wife started researching the family tree that I learned that thye did not go thru Ellis Island.  They had come to america long before and one ancistor was the Aid to General Washinton.  WOW that could be a story.  Then my wife is German and her parents lived a hard life befoe and after the war.  she is putting down some of her family history and I might use parts of her past in future stories.  Yes we all have pasts thta can affect the future and we need to know what elements can help us grow and become more understanding.

We are who we think we are. An active imagination is a powerful thing Catherine. Viking heritage is also cool, they were amazing sailors and intrepid explorers. Dealing with some of the worst seas in the world with such small but clever boats. Skol!
 
Catherine Green said:

Blimey how cool is this discussion? Well I feel a bit boring. My family hail from the Midlands of England, although my maternal grandmother is northern Irish and I like to think I've inherited a lot of her traits! Admittedly I've never researched my family history, but it's on my to-do list. My maiden name is Hargreaves, and someone once told me that we are descended from the Vikings, but that's all I know. I'm a small-town girl when all's said and done, but I have a rich imagination...

Mediterannean and Addriatic, an interesting combination. I bet your kitchen is full of exquisit aromas. Do you like to cook?
 
Marie Symeou said:

I'm from England, born in London, but my parents are Greek Cypriot. Apparently we also have some Venetian and French blood from a few generations back on my father's side. I don't know much about my mother's side of the family, but she is very fair skinned with light brown hair and hazel eyes so not typically Greek in looks. Most of her family are like that.

No, I don't like to cook, Sean. My mother does, though! 

I've extensively worked on my genealogy.  Some lines don't go back as far as others, but I'm Irish, English, Scottish, Dutch, and French, with a sprinkling of German, Italian, and Spanish. I tracked through William the Conquerer, Charlemagne, and the Counts of Flanders.  I have 11,058 people in my data base.  My Main lines are THORNTON, REED, MOORE, and FOSTER.  The Thornton line, while I never made the actual connections, came from County Yorkshire, England.  And the Fosters were Forster before they came over from County Durham, England.

My favorite ancestor was Amos Clauson Reed.  He was a british deserter in the american revolution.  He was "drafted into service" and shipped to the Americas...upon arriving, he escaped under cover of darkness, hiding in Pennsylvania until he and his future brother-in-law joined the Colonial Army.  

During my searches, I've learned that my ancestors were not just well-off, but very, very well-off...what I want to know, is what did they all do with my inheritance, because I sure didn't get any of it! ROFL

Cooking is goood! I love to cook.
 
Marie Symeou said:

No, I don't like to cook, Sean. My mother does, though! 

Hi Stanley

That's quite a history, you've done some sterling work there.

You know varied gene pools are much stronger and more robust characters. We had a heap of money on the German side but the family lost most of it in the Wall Street Crash and the rest during the wars. Nevermind, we'll just have to make our own. LOL
 
Stanley S. Thornton said:

I've extensively worked on my genealogy.  Some lines don't go back as far as others, but I'm Irish, English, Scottish, Dutch, and French, with a sprinkling of German, Italian, and Spanish. I tracked through William the Conquerer, Charlemagne, and the Counts of Flanders.  I have 11,058 people in my data base.  My Main lines are THORNTON, REED, MOORE, and FOSTER.  The Thornton line, while I never made the actual connections, came from County Yorkshire, England.  And the Fosters were Forster before they came over from County Durham, England.

My favorite ancestor was Amos Clauson Reed.  He was a british deserter in the american revolution.  He was "drafted into service" and shipped to the Americas...upon arriving, he escaped under cover of darkness, hiding in Pennsylvania until he and his future brother-in-law joined the Colonial Army.  

During my searches, I've learned that my ancestors were not just well-off, but very, very well-off...what I want to know, is what did they all do with my inheritance, because I sure didn't get any of it! ROFL

So who else would like to add their penny's worth...

I am sure there are many more interesting characters in the fold.

Wish I could add into this, but I don't know my ancestry. I wouldn't even know where to begin. My grand parents on my mother's side passed away years before I was born. My grand parents on my dad's side don't really have the correct information either. Their not sure about the ancestry on their side. Seems like something that would be fun if I had the time to do the research.

 

 Hi Sean,

 

I am an African-American with Native American,French and European roots. After four(4) gernerations the African roots have not been traceable. But the British line has been traced as far back as Geoff. Chaucer. Currently, I have family members who now reside in both London and Canada.  Although I am overwhelmed with writing and promotion projects, I plan to do a DNA test soon to see if all the genealogy searches are true.

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