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Old 03-14-2014, 07:04 PM
 
Location: East coast
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On the one hand I'd expect it to be common in places where people are more likely to have literate ancestors with long continuity (not destroyed records by uprooting or war) and have a longer history of being able to trace ancestry (so easier in say Europe). On the other hand, New World countries can have people interested in ancestry too.

In some places in Africa or Asia, tracing ancestry is difficult if there hasn't be historical record or historical records were destroyed, but on the flip side, ancestry can be seen as more important in some of these places than in the west.
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Old 03-15-2014, 03:22 AM
 
Location: the dairyland
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In my experience Europeans don't really care about their ancestry unless you're talking about the few noble people left. No one really cares where you're from or who your ancestors were. New World countries, at least the USA, which is what I'm familiar with, care a lot about their ancestry and usually know that they're 1/256th Cherokee and 1/64th Italian.
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Old 03-15-2014, 04:22 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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Most of the people I know have some sort of Czech ancestry, including myself. That doesn't make me Czech, nor do I consider myself partly Czech. Just an oddity of former times. It's not really a thing that's discussed a lot.
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Old 03-15-2014, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Brisbane
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From the opinions expressed in this forum it certainly appears that people from the USA trace their ancestry far more than Australians do.
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Brazil, South Africa, Philippines...
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Iceland?
They seem to keep a massive genealogy record.

"Íslendingabók claims to be the only genealogy database in the world that covers a whole nation. More than 95 percent of all Icelanders born since 1703, when the first national census was taken, are registered into the database and half of all Icelanders who have lived on the island from the settlement in 874 and until 1703."


The Iceland family tree | Iceland Review
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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It's pretty much unique to the USA (and Canada and Australia). Most people lare from resettled European ancestry, and only Europe maintained any kinds of records. In other countries, people have either been in the same place forever, or wandered from points unknown.
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:51 AM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Countries in Americas, I guess.
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Oslo, NO
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I think is a hobby mostly for retired people here in Norway. For instance, my family name dates back at least 300 years. Some anchestors emigrated to the US in the 19th century, so my family name (it is not a dull sen-name, like Olsen) is represented over there.
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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From the opinions expressed in this forum it certainly appears that people from the USA trace their ancestry far more than Australians do.
Maybe because most Australia's have a more homogeneous ancestry, like either mostly British, or Italian or something, so there is less interest in finding all the pieces of their genetic 'puzzle'?

I think Americans do so because they want something more to identify with, a culture that goes back longer than America. Which is a surprise since Americans seem so American regardless of ancestry.
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