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So, off a whim I decided to go digging a little bit in my own family history. Not incredibly thoroughly, but enough for some interesting facts to pop up that I corroborated with surviving family members.
Now, I did a look on first born children in my family starting with my father's father. The best that I could do in that regards is eventually finding immigration records from Ellis Island. I was able to find the immigration records of a male ancestor, as well as his eventual wife. They both came to America in 1856 before eventually moving westward. Now, why would they have left Europe? Well according to my surviving family, it was because they didn't feel like seeing their sons get dragged off to fight someone else' war. Where did they immigrate from? Prussia! Since they fled from a war, that means that they were fleeing from some of the early German Unification Wars. Considering where I live, I imagine that to be a common trend to those descended from families that have been here a long time.
A very funny aspect of this is that in some way, I may be distantly related to Mag'sy, who is descended from what was a Prussian noble family. I initially disputed this, because my family is obviously descended from peasants, to which he retorted that his family tree shows that his family has a lot of bastards. There's nothing concrete, but it's funny nonetheless.
I know that Moony's apparently got a well detailed family tree as well, how about anyone else? Does anyone else have historically fascinating ancestral possibilities?
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I haven't done any research, but I do know my dad's side of the family came over on the Mayflower! And my mom's side came over before WWI.
Both my grandpas served in WWII. One was a supply clerk and the other was in Japan and Korea.
My uncle would know more, he managed to track down and trace his family (on mom's side) back to Belgium! He took a trip there a few years ago to meet some of our distant cousins. Took a big binder of photos and reconnected. It was really neat!
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Half of my family came to America after fleeing Hungary and the communist retribution after the 1956 revolution. My grandfather died in the fighting. A Catholic nun gave my family a reliquary which, according to family tradition, kept them safe as they unknowingly crossed a minefield into Yugoslavia. They subsisted on things like boiled grass in the refugee camps until the Red Cross showed up and expedited their relocation.
Supposedly my family tree on that side goes all the way back to Tas, one of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars, who in the 9th century, along with the other Magyar chieftains, swore a blood oath to Álmos that his line should forever be the leaders of the Magyars. Álmos' son Árpád was the founder of the Hungarian state.
The family coat of arms on that side is quite something. I wish I had a picture of it.
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For the most part we were a very small cotton and peach farmers with a few ministers.
My grandfathers owned and operated a carpentry shop and wood mill which is how my parents met.
Honestly I am not super sure of the time but I believe my tree planted its roots in the late 1800s.
The only other thing I can think of that was interesting was great uncle Tommy. He was part of the mob and it didn't end well for him.
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I am a huge mutt
My Mom's side is Spanish.
My Dad's side is mostly German.
Hell, one day some crazy old man said I look like a Waffen SS soldier.
I still don't get that lol
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Just family lore. I'd treat it with a grain of salt.
Homesteaded in the 1610s. One branch persecuted all over Europe before fleeing to the Americas. Converted and changed the name. A younger branch of Basques. Circumstantial evidence suggesting Jordanian refugees from some old war. Persecuted Christians most likely. One of the branches has some bizarre crest. Might be Scottish.
Some ancestor known to have been executed following an uprising against the crown. Most of the cousin branches went extinct in the War for Independence. The whole clan on Dad's side got together for the death of the other patriarch. Top down to me. We all fit around one table.
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My mom's from the US.
My dad is from Australia.
I'm technically 100% British.
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My family on my dad's side is too fucked up to trace.
My mom's side is probably easier but I don't know much about it other than our family came from Ireland near Carrickfergus, which itself is near Belfast in Northern Ireland and we came over during ye olde potate famine.
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This is gonna be sort of a long trip, and way more information might be unclear, more than I ever wanted, but bear with me:
Me and my brother are the forth generation after my great-grandfather, or even before that, who supposedly was a ronin who gave up on the sword to make his life on the field as a farmer.
When my father's side grandfather reached his adulthood, the japanese economy in the current period was crumbling, which made him migrate to some new country searching for better opportunities, and since a little land called Brazil was begining to expand itself alarmingly fast, it was his decision to go there.
Already installed in brazilian lands with his wife, they had three children, who grew-up to take all the same profession, except for the middle son, who after marrying in brazil, took his belongings and went back to japan to try earning better money than in brazil, since the economy wasn't doing great (the irony is almost laughable), the two remaining sons followed the tracks as pharmaceutists, but after a while, they went separated ways as my father met my mother working on a pharmacy, and began a relationship with her.
Now let's take a quick turn of page to my mother's side of the family.
My mother's side great-grandfather was a professional artist, as my mother used to tell.
I don't know specifically which ones, but there are a few churches in germany that the art on the windows and other decorations were painted by him, amongst other paintings and whatnow.
However, germany was at war by that time, and as my grandfather became an married adult, he couldn't see a future for his family in his homeland, and just like my other grandfather, he too, jumped into a ship with his wife, and travelled overseas… to Brazil.
Already installed in brazilian lands, my grandfather worked part-time as an artist, just like his father, but most time as a carpenter, he even completely built his own home from the ground with his own hands, that house still exists even nowdays.
My mother grew as a very cult and educated lady, firmly tied by religious doctrines, but with also a very rebelious and fiery side, which made her leave home way earlier than his three sisters (she being the youngest of the three, like my father aswell…I'm starting to see a pattern here) and face the world as it was. She never went to college so basically her options for surviving out there were basic jobs that didn't require high education, at some point she started working as a pharmacy's cashier, and that's when she met my father, and as I mentioned, they began a relationship.
Not much later, they had their first son, my old brother, and lived their humnle, but happy life together. However, that didn't last forever. Things began to go downhill after the point where my father and mother became increasingly socially notorious and richer, which leaded them to some darker points of all the story.
It is still very unclear to me the reasons, but once in a rage fit, my mother told me that I was only born because my father forcefully raped her on a certain night.
I was actually born as a baby with serious health problems, due to allergies to almost everything, went under several treatments and almost died once or twice. Luckly enough, I grew to be a huge disappointment to both of them, woohoo
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So to wrap it all up:
I'm basically 40% japanese, 40% germanic, and 20% brazilian.
And what does that makes me look like?
A genuine mexican.
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>>516811>They both came to America in 1856 before eventually moving westward.
Same basic idea. My ancestors were among the Germans and Slaves fleeing tough economic times in central Europe. Or at least, that's my best guess. No famous people I'm aware of in my family line. Many up farming the American prairie; some small business ventures. Probably lucky for not being Irish during the mid-1800's.
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wow… so many interesting family trees… i really want to take time to read and learn
i feel, much of this is so interesting! i will share too, when i am a little less busy!
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Wow Chrome, you have Prussian blood! Maybe you are a Hohenzollern! Wow, that would be neat c: i always knew you were noble.>>516818
gosh, the mayflower!! that is quite a family history c: >>516858
That is a remarkable story, sailboat. my family too fled from Communists to escape to the United States!>>516873
It sounds like your family history is not traced so far back, but that it has been a good, American family for a long time!>>516882
Mother's side is Spanish? is that why you are in Florida, Mikie?
Dad's side is German! That is interesting!>>516923
Gosh, so a very long history, with very deep roots!
but very long ones, too. it seems like, a very extensive family branch you have, wheatles>>516961
US, Australia, 100% British… it sounds like a great combination c:
Since your mother is from the US, you are officially 100% American, too! How wonderful c: >>516966
Ye Olde Potato Famine… ohhhh
i love that you are like, half irish and half all over, Jade! It totally fits my mental image of you!>>517276
So you are Brazilian, with fourth generation Japanese roots, Sauce? i think the history checks out - my understanding is, many Japanese went to Brazil just at around the time period your great-grandfather would have!
What a fascinating story! you are also Asian! >>517302
hi flower c: Germans and slaves? Slavs, or slaves? :x
i think that is pretty interesting of a history!
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I know very little about my family beyond my grandparents, save for the fact that my great-grandfather on my mother's side used to own the land that my and all nearby streets are built on. Unfortunately however he sold it for a rediculously low price, so instead of my grandparents potentially being able to live in luxury they ended up living in poverty.
None of my grandparents were involved in WW2, because they were all still teenagers during that time. Though they did all suffer through the Hunger Winter of 1945. My grandmother on my father's side lost one of her brothers during that time.
On my mother's side, my grandfather ended up working in the navy and my grandmother became a Jehovah's witness. On my father's side, my grandfather worked in a factory where they produced doors and my grandmother was a housewife.
No real hero stories here. They were just run-of-the-mill folks.
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Our oldest clue is a group of Sephardic Jew silk merchants in Amsterdam. Historical evidence would place that just after the fall of Grenada in 1492. We must have converted not long after, but a couple branches held on to crypto-jewish paraphernalia until the 20th century.
Dad's father's origins are completely unknown besides being mostly white and probably Spanish, but he was one of the more powerful figures in the pre-Revolution sugar trade.