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Old 07-04-2007, 10:06 AM
Location: Midessa, Texas Home Yangzhou, Jiangsu temporarily
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Originally Posted by Brian-K View Post
Yh I just looked it up, and the top three are German Irish English in that order. excuse my ignorance..lol

im mostly English, btw.
That makes me a typical American mutt then. My ancestors where English, Irish , and ethnic Germans from what was then Czechoslovakia.

Family trees are fascinating. According to my aunt, the English part of our family is related to Pocahontas by marriage. I am very skeptical but she says that she has documented proof. Who knows? But we do have good documentation of my Father's side of the family back to the 1240's in England.
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Old 07-04-2007, 10:35 AM
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Where are the Norwegians! That I know for sure - German, Welsh, Norwegian. Only my father's father has been researched. His family (German) went back to 1700s in PA but we got stuck there, suppose to have come in through Maryland. I can't imagine they were all Germans but I haven't looked. My maternal grandfather's parents seem to go back pretty far in Virginia. I think they were English and there is a family rumor that there is possibly African. I'd love to someday continue researching family history--it was a fun project. I grew up in the midwest and east--never knew I had relatives out here until I moved here four years ago and found out I have a great-grandma who left her husband and my grandfather in Virginia in the early 1800s and moved here, remarried and is buried not far from me.
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Old 07-04-2007, 10:58 AM
Location: Bronx, NY
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I believe I read in Samuel Huntington's book on Immigration (I forget the name) that if immigration had ended after the Revolutionary War then this country would still have 150 million people in it (compared to the 300 million people of today). So while all of the immigrants in the 19th century & more recently have had a big impact, a lot of the original people are still here, its just that everyone's all mixed up these days and not that many people are 100% any ethnicity anymore.
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Old 07-04-2007, 11:19 AM
Location: Phoenix metro
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Scottish and Norwegian make up the bulk of my ancestry. I also have a smidge of German and Irish in me.
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Old 07-05-2007, 06:13 AM
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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English,Italian,French,Welsh,Irish,Scottish,Danish and Dutch
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Old 07-05-2007, 12:24 PM
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50% Irish and 50% Italian as far back as the 1700's on both sides.
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:00 PM
Location: Arkansas
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Where are all the Indians (Native American)? I know there has to be more than just a few out there.
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:17 PM
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I'm 100% pure English.

Husband is: French Canadian/Native American/German/Irish
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:29 PM
Location: The Big D
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I traced my ancestory (fathers and mothers on all sides) along w/ my husbands. WOW!!! Every single family was in the "New World" no later than the late 1600's. Amazing to me how thru all of the generations, marriages, etc that somehow our ancestors managed to marry someone else that had roots so deep in this countries founding. One of my ancestors was on the Mayflower. One of his (my husbands) helped found Jamestown and he had one that was appointed to the Continetal Congress. We both had families that fought in the Revolutionary War. What is rather interesting is how they all settled into areas from Virginia, Maryland, Rhode Island, New York (one of my ancestors helped found Long Island), Pa, etc yet with each war they fought in they were given land grants and moved farther south. First into North Carolina then into South Carolina. From SC they went in a few different directions between Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi w/ only one family on my side going to the Midwest before heading to Texas. From those states they either stayed put or ventured to Texas w/ a few in California and Florida. Some were recruited by the Mormons out of Alabama and ended up in Utah. Thru my research I found that his fathers family and my maternal grandfathers family were both in neighboring counties in South Carolina at the same time. It is just amazing history to find and see how your family played a part in the founding of this country.

As for where they came from: Germany, Ireland & England for the most part.

I laughed when my daughter came home from school and repeated what a teacher told them, "most of your ancestors came to this country thru Ellis Island". Not in our family they did not. ALL of our relatives were in this country a good 200 years BEFORE Ellis Island was even opened.
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Old 07-07-2007, 11:22 AM
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I'm half Norwegian, half German, and a smidgen of Greek. Supposedly my forbears emigrated thru Liverpool to the midwest, Minn. and N.D.
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