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Old 11-10-2013, 08:33 AM
 
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people love to claim german and irish ancestry as they are more recent, but they Ignore the large colonial British Isles stock they have. British Isles ancestry is far more common than any other ancestry in the US ( german, Irish and Italian included).
This is true. Even among those who have no known British blood (like me) have colonial stock. I have maternal ancestors who were Germans who served in the revolutionary war. I'm sure at some point i might have British ancestors, but not anything traceable. I'm sure most people are like this in the U.S., except for those who came more recently like my father, who grew up in an all Czech community in nebraska
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At least in New England, people who have colonial ancestry assume [correctly] that it's English. But there's not that much German ancestry here.

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I'm sure most people are like this in the U.S., except for those who came more recently like my father, who grew up in an all Czech community in nebraska
I would think the majority in the US have little or no colonial ancestry.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:28 AM
 
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I do a lot of arm chair genealogy for myself and other people. I did my ex's - she being an average "German Cincinnatian". She was about 3/4ths German but also had Dutch, Irish, and a lot of English too.

Americans tend to have a "Check one box" mentality on race and ethnicity. Given the tremendous rates of intermarriage among Euro ethnic groups, not just now but since colonization started, unless you're second generation American you're probably of mixed ancestry. My fiance has an ancestor in the 1600s who was half Scottish, a quarter Dutch, and a quarter Italian. Which box should she have checked? LOL I have at least 7 ancestral groups - in order of commonality: English, Scottish, (plus Scotch Irish), Welsh, German, Dutch, French, and 1/64th Cherokee - and I feel to pick just one group for my "ancestry" would be an insult to the other 6.

People who claim "American" ancestry on their census forms have long been mocked as ignorant when they were the only ones answering correctly in the first place. Of course I would prefer more factual choices like "Mixed Western European", etc.

My points is more often the British Isles ancestry dominates , if you sum up the Scotch-Irish, English, Welsh, Irish you have found that most americans have the majority of their ancestry coming from those areas combined, and not from Germany, Poland, Italy or anywhere else outside the NW corner of europe.

Most white americans are like English, Scottish, irish, German and then something else (could be italian, eastern european or french), which makes their ancestry overwhelmingly british Isles.
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Back to the thread topic, I'd have to ask family members. But I think most were from NW Germany?
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:34 AM
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My points is more often the British Isles ancestry dominates , if you sum up the Scotch-Irish, English, Welsh, Irish you have found that most americans have the majority of their ancestry coming from those areas combined, and not from Germany, Poland, Italy or anywhere else outside the NW corner of europe.

Most white americans are like English, Scottish, irish, German and then something else (could be italian, eastern european or french), which makes their ancestry overwhelmingly british Isles.
British ancestry may be a plurality, but it's probably not a majority let alone overwhelmingly. In any case this will vary strongly by region of the US.
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:23 AM
 
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Mine were from the border areas between France and Germany..what we now know as Belgium and Luxembourg, along with the surrounding areas.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:15 AM
 
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If you ever get the chance to go to Germany and this is a topic that really interests you, there is a large museum in Bremerhaven devoted to the history of Germany emigrants.

Deutsches Auswandererhaus Bremerhaven

There is also a cool historical farm in Cloppenburg that explains just how crappy life was for rural Germans. There was no romancing the past there.

Museumsdorf Cloppenburg
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:36 AM
 
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people love to claim german and irish ancestry as they are more recent, but they Ignore the large colonial British Isles stock they have. British Isles ancestry is far more common than any other ancestry in the US ( german, Irish and Italian included).
I find this hard to believe.

It's highly unlikely anywhere close to most Americans have colonial lineage. The country was tiny then, and had few nonwhites, few religious minorities, etc. Most people way back then were Protestants from England.
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:34 AM
 
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Why the need to bump all these german topics? We don't need 4-5 german style topics on the front page in general US.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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...they're bumped because people like to talk about them, and ethnicity is a part of US culture.
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