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Old 01-20-2013, 10:35 PM
 
Location: south central
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So there are a lot of things about cities and the United States general that I find incredibly interesting, and one of them is the movement of people into, out of, and across the nation. In particular, not just how things came to be where they are but how people came to live where they do. My interest go from the grandest scales of mass immigration into the US or mass internal migration, to wondering who has lived in this same apartment building over the many years since it has been built.

Some parts of the US are more transient than others. Some places have existed for nearly 400 years, some for a few decades. So I have an idea for a project someday but I thought it would be fun to have an informal version here on the CD threads, and it is this: I simply want to know, to put it tongue-in-cheek, Where have you been? Where are you going? Or maybe you should be replaced with we. I almost want this thread to be like a very unscientific survey and these are the questions/form I'd be interested in having everyone answer:

Where did your grandfather grow-up?
Where did your grandmother grow-up?
Where did your other grandfather grow-up?
Where did your other grandmother grow-up?

Where did your father grow-up?
Where did your mother grow-up?

Your hometown?

Where do you live right now?

Now, this is meant to be informal and fun, so there aren't many rules. Biology doesn't mean anything here, so if you do an adopted family, that's informative! If you don't know where some people are from, that's part of the story as well. And the definition where they grew-up, there hometown, is up to you. You decide what you think it is. If you want to do where they were born or where they were primarily raised, it's up to you. I'll personally doing where people where primarily raised, especially because now a days a lot of people were born in the cities they might never even have actually lived in, formally. If they were an army brat or moved a lot, that's great to know to!

Like I said, I'm curious where we've been and how we've moved over the years, inhabiting new places, leaving old ones, circling back, running away, immigrating in, etc.

If you want to add anything after you've done the formal questions, feel free! Investigating the why is more complex so this I think is a good place to start.

The only thing I ask of you is that you be specific and not general. If they're from Bloomfield, Michigan, don't write Detroit. If they're from Maywood, CA don't write Los Angeles, etc. Otherwise, I hope everyone will find this interesting to read and participate in. I'll start off:

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GF: Weymouth, Massachusetts
GM: Boston, Massachusetts (Dorchester)
GF: Somerville, Massachusetts
GM: Somerville, Massachusetts

F: Weymouth, Massachusetts
M: Somerville, Massachusetts

My hometown: Randolph, Massachusetts

Where I live now: Los Angeles, California

Thank you to everyone who adds to this!

-BitofEndearment
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:04 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Where did your grandfather grow-up? Lynn, Massachusetts
Where did your grandmother grow-up? Lynn, Massachusetts
Where did your other grandfather grow-up? Lynn, Massachusetts
Where did your other grandmother grow-up? Lynn, Massachusetts

Where did your father grow-up? Lynn, Massachusetts
Where did your mother grow-up? Lynn, Massachusetts

Your hometown? Salem, Massachusetts

Where I live now: Albuquerque, New Mexico (guess I bucked the trend)
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:42 PM
 
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Where did your grandfather grow-up? Meadville, PA
Where did your grandmother grow-up? Pomeroy, OH
Where did your other grandfather grow-up? Bangor, PA
Where did your other grandmother grow-up? Brooklyn, NY (It probably became officially part of New York while she was growing up)

Where did your father grow-up? Cochranton, PA
Where did your mother grow-up? Bethlehem, PA

Your hometown? Beavercreek, OH

Where do you live right now? Beavercreek, OH
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:37 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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GF: Culiacan, Sinaola
GM: Mazaltan, Sinaola
GF: No clue
GM: No clue

F: Los Angeles, California
M: Los Angeles, California

My hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota

Where I live now: St Paul, Minnesota
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:18 AM
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Where did your grandfather grow-up? Chicago, IL
Where did your grandmother grow-up? Chicago, IL
Where did your other grandfather grow-up? Chicago, IL
Where did your other grandmother grow-up? Chicago, IL

Where did your father grow-up? Chicago, IL
Where did your mother grow-up? Chicago, IL

My hometown: Tampa, FL

Where I live now: Tampa, FL but moving to Los Angeles, CA next month.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill FL
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GF: Manchester, NH
GM: Concord, NH
GF: Lynn, Mass
GM: Plattsburgh, NY
F: Pelham: NH
M: Pelham: NH
Me: Pelham till 13, Tampa Fl area ever since, possibly moving back to NH
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:07 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Where did your grandfather grow-up? Finland
Where did your grandmother grow-up? Finland
Where did your other grandfather grow-up? don't know
Where did your other grandmother grow-up? northern New Hampshire, I think

Where did your father grow-up? Connecticut, then Boston
Where did your mother grow-up? Brunswick, Maine

Your hometown? Washington, DC

Where do you live right now? San Francisco

I think it would be interesting to carry it forward to the next generation(s) as applicable -- in other words, if you have adult children (which I don't), where did they grow up and where do they live now?
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:29 AM
 
Location: south central
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Where did your grandfather grow-up? Finland
Where did your grandmother grow-up? Finland
Where did your other grandfather grow-up? don't know
Where did your other grandmother grow-up? northern New Hampshire, I think

Where did your father grow-up? Connecticut, then Boston
Where did your mother grow-up? Brunswick, Maine

Your hometown? Washington, DC

Where do you live right now? San Francisco

I think it would be interesting to carry it forward to the next generation(s) as applicable -- in other words, if you have adult children (which I don't), where did they grow up and where do they live now?
I agree. I don't have children so I completely forgot about that. So if anyone else posts and would like to do that as well, go ahead!
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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GF1: Findlay, OH
GM1: Meadville, PA
GF2: Pittsburgh, PA
GM2: Llandrillo, Wales

F: Pittsburgh, PA
M: Nutley, NJ

HT: Plainfield, NJ
LN: Aloha, OR
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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Where did your grandfather grow-up? A small town in Tennessee
Where did your grandmother grow-up? A small town in Texas
Where did your other grandfather grow-up? Erfurt, Germany
Where did your other grandmother grow-up? Wilton, CT

Where did your father grow-up? Alameda, CA
Where did your mother grow-up? Orange, TX

Your hometown? Beaverton, OR

Where do you live right now? La Habra, CA
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