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Old 09-30-2010, 11:35 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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I recently read a book written by current Virginia senator Jim Webb in which, among other things, he asserts that Scottish Americans - especially of Ulster decent - have contributed more to America than any other immigrant group and yet are nearly invisible. He includes both the cultural traits they brought as well as actual contributions in war or technology.

Despite making up between 20 to 35% of the Caucasian American population only 3% of Americans list "Scottish" as their main ancestry. As a genealogy hobbyist I am surprised how often people are surprised when I tell them their last name is Scottish.

Do you think Scottish Americans are the "invisible immigrants"? Also, why do so many Scottish Americans refuse to embrace their ancestor's heritage?
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I think the problem is that a lot of Americans don't diferrentiate between the terms "Scottish," "English," and "British." I've heard people use those terms interchangeably all my life. I've had several friends whose families were of Scottish heritage and most all of them embraced their heritage or at least were aware of it. I don't think the Scottish are forgotten, I think they're often just misidentified as English or British by people who are not familiar with the distinctions between the cultures.
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:00 PM
 
Location: moving again
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I believe most Scottish Americans live in the south, but because they have been in the US for so long, they sort have dropped any meaning behind being Scottish and put it all behind being American. Maybe im wrong though!

Im mostly scottish though!
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Chicago metro
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I think the problem is that a lot of Americans don't diferrentiate between the terms "Scottish," "English," and "British." I've heard people use those terms interchangeably all my life. I've had several friends whose families were of Scottish heritage and most all of them embraced their heritage or at least were aware of it. I don't think the Scottish are forgotten, I think they're often just misidentified as English or British by people who are not familiar with the distinctions between the cultures.
Scottish are British. Scotland is in Great Britain.
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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My father was always ashamed to admit he was Scottish, I'm not sure why. He would tell people he was English. Some research of our last name proved to me that I am Scottish and I am proud of it.
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:55 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I can't forget the Scots because a pipe and drum band practices near me.
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Scottish are British. Scotland is in Great Britain.
Yes, that is correct. Although I would be careful saying that to certain Scottish people who don't like being called "British." It's a touchy subject with some.
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Old 09-30-2010, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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I wouldn't be surprised if upon researching my genealogy I found out I had significant Scottish or Scots-Irish ancestry seeing as how much of my family's history is rooted in the South (my last name might be?). I think most Scottish or Scots-Irish have been in America for so long that they can't even trace their history back to Europe, so they don't care about being anything else but American.
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Old 09-30-2010, 04:57 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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I doubt most ppl in the internet age are unable to trace any of their family lines back to Europe. My ancestors arrived btw 1620 and 1800 and Ive traced dozens of lines without breaking a sweat. I really dont know why ppl wouldnt want to know where their ancestors came from
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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They're forgotten, like the English, because they are 6 generations old or older!
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