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Old 01-19-2012, 01:07 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I consider English pretty much Germans anyways so it doesn't matter lol
Then its obvious you've never been to either place.
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Old 01-19-2012, 01:45 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Seeing as how most Americans have a combination of heritages and a lot of Americans don't know much about their genealogy, it's safe to assume the census reports aren't exactly accurate. I'm sure that's been covered already in this 15 page topic but I don't have time to read it all.

Genetically, my strongest ancestry is Italian, then probably German. And if I hadn't done my genealogy, I wouldn't have known that there are definitely British branches in my tree. That doesn't mean I attempt to minimize my English or British ancestries - seeing as how I currently LIVE in England, that would be a bit silly.
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:28 AM
 
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Then its obvious you've never been to either place.
This, the english are more ancient british when it comes to physical appearance(as in pre-celtic/pre- germanic anyways)
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Randolph, MA
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This is a great thread. The OP is on to something.
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Old 06-26-2016, 06:07 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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British (especially English) ancestry is definitely minimized and underreported in the census. Many seem to go with German, when they could just as easily identify with some British Isles ancestry.

Just saw this ancestry.com commercial.

I bet this guy's story is not unique at all. Really, it should be hardly surprising at all to uncover a lot of British Isles ancestry among white Americans whose families have been in the US over 150 years or so. The German ancestors, I guess, just seem more exotic, or something, and stick out.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J5n8kzpbCs
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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At some point we are going to start saying we have American ancestry.

I'm Scottish, Swedish and Italian... Actually not entirely sure on the Scottish part, it could be British. There is a city in Australia with my last name which only solidifies it's from that part of Europe. When people ask my ancestry, I generally say European. I have a large mixture of different European ethnicities (those three being the biggest ones) and I'm not one of the pretentious douche lords who will say, "3% Dutch, 25% Italian, 15% Swedish, 50% Scottish/British, and 2% Milk". And as far as I know, I only have European in me.

I would love to get my genealogy done but it seems expensive at the moment. Maybe in the future.
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Old 06-28-2016, 02:01 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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If I was of British decent I wouldn't talk about it. England is pretty much the worst place in Europe.
WTF! Why is England the worst place in Europe exactly?
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Old 06-28-2016, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Florida
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British (especially English) ancestry is definitely minimized and underreported in the census. Many seem to go with German, when they could just as easily identify with some British Isles ancestry.

Just saw this ancestry.com commercial.

I bet this guy's story is not unique at all. Really, it should be hardly surprising at all to uncover a lot of British Isles ancestry among white Americans whose families have been in the US over 150 years or so. The German ancestors, I guess, just seem more exotic, or something, and stick out.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J5n8kzpbCs
That guys last name, Merker, is German. I bet he didn't look hard enough or far back enough.
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:19 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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That guys last name, Merker, is German. I bet he didn't look hard enough or far back enough.
Not saying he has no German in him; it's just less than he thought. Surname can indicate German, while much of the rest of the family is something else.
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Not saying he has no German in him; it's just less than he thought. Surname can indicate German, while much of the rest of the family is something else.
That's all Americans though. I doubt many white Americans are majority any ethnicity. It's common and easy for people to just state the ancestry of their last name, though that is usually just a small piece of their story.
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