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View Poll Results: How far back in your ancestry to you need to go, to find an ancestor who was not born in the country
Self 14 12.61%
Older sibling 3 2.70%
Parent 19 17.12%
Grandparent 15 13.51%
Great Grandparent 20 18.02%
Further t han that 40 36.04%
Voters: 111. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-12-2013, 07:58 PM
Location: Where the heart is...
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I and my siblings are seventh generation American born. Ancestors sailed from England to Maryland and Virginia, over two hundred years ago.
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:03 PM
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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My maternal grandfather was born in Denmark.

My maternal grandmother was born in Rangoon, Burma to Scottish parents.

Their daughter (my mother) was born in Malaysia, met my father in Australia during WWII, and came to this country as a war bride.

My grandparents settled here after the war; my grandfather had been a Japanese POW.
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:50 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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Originally Posted by theunbrainwashed View Post
My goodness, you all are so young

How about you, OP?
My mother was born two years after her parents immigrated, and before they could speak English. She had a brother born in the old country, so I checked Grandparents,, even though I have an uncle who immigrated.
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:55 PM
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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I know on my fathers side it would be my great grandparents that came over from Lebanon, on his fathers side. For my dad's mom, I don't know. However her last name is one of the French names I can find on local maps going back to the 1700's here in Essex county, so her side could have been in Canada since the French Canadians settled for all I know.

On my mother's side, I again don't know. Her mom was English, and her dad Scottish. Apparently on the Scott side of things, we used to be royalty of some sort.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:25 AM
Location: Sweden
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I havenĀ“t really checked, but at least 200 years.
Probably more.
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Old 09-13-2013, 03:06 AM
Location: Europe
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My great-grandparents came to live here, but not all of them.

For the people who are 2nd 3rd or further generation, do you consider yourseld half- something? or not any more because the foreign ancestors are quite far?

I ask because I have some friends that say "I am Dutch" and then they explain that one person 3 generations before was Dutch, or people saying "My parents are German" and in fact, their parents have german ancestors, but it was many many years before and they just have that info.
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Old 09-13-2013, 03:10 AM
Location: Bremerhaven, NW Germany
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My great grandfather from my fathers side was Dutch, i also have a dutch surname.
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Old 09-13-2013, 03:42 AM
Location: EU
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2 or 3 different ancestors from Switzerland immigrating around 1650. Their journey was less than 200 kms, but they must have travelled for several weeks.
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Old 09-13-2013, 03:51 AM
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On my mother side, officially people from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe are not immigrants in France, they came a long time ago in the 1920's.
They are also immigrants from Belgium and Germany, they came in the early 1900's.
On my father side, there are immigrants from Italy, Switzerland. They came in France in the 1800's.

All these overseas and foreign ancestries are very old, culturally I can't claim to be anything else than Mainland French.
They are no people born overseas or in Foreign country in my familly.
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:00 AM
Location: On the Chesapeake
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1740's on mother's side.
1850's on fathers'.
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