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Old 07-14-2010, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Cortland, Ohio
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Well i'm protestant, white, german, english, irish, scotch, and welsh. I live in the so called "midwest" in ne ohio very close to the pa border. My dad's side is all german, my last name is a very common last name in Germany, but there are many jewish people with that same name, so i'm guessing way back i could be jewish. Then mom is german plus the others. Her ancestors are mostly from Pa and one of the german names in her family is Shaneyfelt, which was changed from the German Schoenfeld (sp?). From what i've read online there is a chance that name is jewish/german too.
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Schönfeld sounds very Jewish.
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Cortland, Ohio
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^i found this site a while ago and it's quite interesting what this lady discovered. The Shaneyfelt's or the correct way to spell it would be Schoenfeld
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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This is the Ancestry map from the last census, it may change a lot once they are finished with the current census. But it gives an interesting picture. Since this is a US Government production, it is copyright free.

http://www.visualizingeconomics.com/wp-content/uploads/usancestry-2000.jpg (broken link)
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:24 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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English includes alot of 'Americans', as well as the fact many others are at least part English.
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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This is the Ancestry map from the last census, it may change a lot once they are finished with the current census. But it gives an interesting picture. Since this is a US Government production, it is copyright free.
That is fascinating the way German veritably dominates the Northern landscape. You see traces of it all over the place around here, and especially up in Wisconsin -- ya hey der, don'cha know.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:02 AM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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Interesting how several counties in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and pretty much nowhere else, are plurality Finnish.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:08 AM
 
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This is the Ancestry map from the last census, it may change a lot once they are finished with the current census. But it gives an interesting picture. Since this is a US Government production, it is copyright free.
I have to wonder since those who list American as ancestry tend to be either English or Scotch-Irish, what would the map look like if they were added together? I figure the line of counties between German/English+American+Scotch-Irish would drift North. Areas in Missouri and Texas would be much smaller in German ares. In Missouri confined along the rivers in a line from Jefferson City-St.Louis-Cape Girardeau and some adjacent counties. While in Texas it gets confined to the Hill Country. This Northern Line is a good indicator of approximating the South/Midwest border. (Also take dominant religion and combine the two)
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Old 07-15-2010, 11:44 AM
 
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Tangier Island in Virginia.......


YouTube - The odd accent of Tangier VA (from AMERICAN TONGUES)
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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I know that German is the dominant ancestry, but why are the top ten most common surnames in the US from the British Isles?
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