Monday, March 17, 2014

The Cool Things I Found Out About My Family Tree

Like many people, most of what I originally knew about my ancestors was limited to just a few generations. But now I have been able to go pretty far back, and coincidentally the oldest ancestor I know of so far is the one of the same last name. I don't know much about him but he (and another ancestor) was apparently from Ireland in the 18th century. I learned long ago that my surname originated in Scotland and Ireland but this is the first time I knew for sure.
Since he was the ancestor to many people, someone studying his history believed his wife was Native American. His spouse wasn't named so that makes a bit of sense. While my mom had told me that is was likely we had some Native American ancestry on my maternal side (though I'm not sure), this is the first time I heard of the possibility on my paternal side. I've seen a few ancestry/history places offer a genetics test where it can tell you what regions of the world your ancestors were from. Now that I know this, I'm tempted to know for sure, as genes don't lie.

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  1. My grand-dad is doing the ancestor research in my family and it's so interesting to know about your forefathers, isn't it?

    Have a great week,
    -Kati

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  2. I stopped examining my family tree when I came across a family member who stole a large nugget from a gold mine. I suspect my family tree is actually a weed.

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    1. I'm confused. Why stop just because of one person?

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  3. Let us know if you do the gene test! You may even have some neanderthal man! A friend did this and found that out!

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  4. I have done a lot of research on the genealogy of my family. I found it most interesting. In fact, I am involved in an inheritance situation now that dates back to the 1900s.

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  5. I just know I'm a bunch of European such and such. I don't really know lol. Should figure that out probably.

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  6. It is quite fascinating to learn about family history!

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  7. WOW...this is so cool, Adam.
    Learning a little family history is really interesting. I have a cousin that loves doing this and he has supplied me with a lot of my family history.
    Happiest St. Paddy's Day to you and yours.
    xo bj

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  8. So nice to read your heritage Adam:)

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  9. It is great to know about our family origines. Kisses:)

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  10. I've heard about those tests. If you do get it done, it would be interesting to hear your results!

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  11. I would like to make some resarch on my family. My grandfather on my father's side was Italian and my great grandfather was Egyptian ! But I did not take anything from this side !

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  12. I had that gene test done. For women it only tells about your maternal side but for men it can give info about both sides. I discovered that 20% of my genes are Asian. That was a surprise since both sides of my family immigrated from Southern Italy. I was expecting some African ancestry, but no....Asian!

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