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    I thought of this from reading the "American Right" thread.

    Let's discuss your family history. When your family began its life in the United States, and how you're here today.

    This may exclude the non-Americans, which is why I made the thread "NEW WORLD". Canadians count too.

    This is my background:

    My surname can be found in Poland and Germany today. But my family's tree roots in the USA grow as far back as before the Civil War. Therefore my Dad's side came to this country around 1830. We're as American as it gets.

    My Mom's side is a different story. Both of her parents were born in Poland in the 1920s. Her older brother was born in Germany in the 1940s during WW2. My Mom was the first born here in this country, where she spoke Polish as a child in the home, until she went to school in 1st grade, and came home refusing to speak Polish. LOL. My grandmother said that she would say stuff to her in Polish, and my mom answered in English. My grandmother picked up English right away too from that, and speaks it pretty well. My Dad told me when my parents were dating, he'd go over to my Mom's house and my grandmother would say stuff in Polish and my mom would get up and do whatever without responding. Today, my Mom can understand a little bit, but speaking, forget it.

    We do some little Polish tradition, like what we eat on Easter (Polish sausage, Ham, etc) and we eat beef on Christmas Eve and whatnot. But that's pretty much as far as it goes.

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    Dad's side came from Slovakia long time ago, Mom's side came from England in the 1800's. Still eat some mean cabbage. Stew, cabbage rolls etc.. man I love cabbage. From what I have heard, everyone who moved here had to learn the language right away. I was born here so I consider myself "American". I can't do a long one like you did right now, but I will check back in a bit. Hope this one grows [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
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    My ancestors came here in the 18th century. Some of them fought in the Revolution.
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    I'm just a typical, non-PC, European white male!

    I can go as far back as my great-grandmother coming from Poland; my mom says I have more Polish in me than any other nationality.

    My mom's side is German & Polish, and my dad's is Scottish & Swedish.

    And Polish jokes don't offend me! Unfortunately mom never taught me to swear in Polish [img]graemlins/irked.gif[/img]
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    I know more about my mother's side. They came over right around the start of WWII from Germany and moved across the US, first into West Virginia before settling in Ohio. I'm told they spoke German around the oldest of their kids (they had seven total), but no one knows any German anymore, and most of the "German culture" has been swallowed up by traditional US culture.

    All I know about my father's side is the ones from Germany came over in the late 19th century and went out of their way to shed their accents and become "American." Not sure when the Irish and English ancestors of mine came over.
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    Hmmm, my father's side is better documented, although I don't know a lot of it, but I haven't the foggiest about my mother's side.

    My great grandfather came over from Germany, so I assume his wife did too. I'm not sure if my grandfather was born here or there, but he was in the US for most if not all of his life. He served in WWII, but not overseas. I think he was a guard at a stateside POW camp. His wife's maiden name was Bell, so possibly Scottish?. I do know the Bell's were here prior to the depression, don't know much further back than that. There is a family farm near Ottumwa(spelling?), Iowa that remains in the family, and is kept in the family specifically to provide refuge if there is another depression or something. Pretty cool, actually. There are family reunions at the farm (there is a cemetary there where my father's parents have a stone, and my parents will be buried there), but I haven't made it out to one yet. If I had, maybe I'd have a clue.

    My mother's father's last name was Ellaby, which sounds like some type of English/Great Britain type of name, but I've never really heard too much about that.

    So, despite a very German last name, my roots are probably more from Great Britain area than anything else, but still American through and through. Apparently, though, I still have family in Germany, but we've never pursued it. Could do a European Vacation thing, and just go into any old house I suppose...

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    accoding to what i have been told:

    my father's family which consisted of the Van Wycks and the Wycoffs came over on this boat from the Netherlands and were involved in the purchase of some island for about $24. The Dutch West India Company payed em nicely to farm the land. About 5 minutes from me is Wycoff avenue, named after my ancestors. I feel so special. The avenue is where their largest farm was. Shows how far the family has moved over 300 plus years. lol The Van Wycks and the Wycoffs intermingled with some, at the time, wealthy and powerful german family. From this they gained some more land. ya know how it goes. I remember being told that the Van Wyck expressway is also after my family, but I can't find the info for sure here in the shoebox where my dad keeps everything. [img]redface.gif[/img]

    My mom's side of the family hails from what was then Austria-Hungry. Left after WWI. My grandmother was born here shortly after. The area is Morivan (i [I]think[I] I spelt that right). Believe it is now in Slovakia or the Czech Republic. One of the two. Ask my grandmother, we are austrian. Her husband was from the same area. That's about it on that side.

    I tend to take after my father's side of the family
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    The only part I know for sure is that my paternal grandfather came over from England when he was like 3. Allegedly we used to be piano manufacturers and quite well off, but someone absconded with the money and the family split up - some to Australia, some to America. Also according to what I was told, my paternal great-grandmother looked at the map and thought "Springvale, Maine" sounded like a nice place. Hope she found it to be so!
    My paternal grandmother was of French-Canadian ancestry, died when I was young - don't remember her or her family. Reportedly, after she married my grandfather she would not allow her family to speak French around him or the boys since they did not speak French!
    Don't know much about my maternal ancestry other than they are of Anglican stock. Allegedly, we are somehow distantly related to Sam Houston - that'd be pretty cool to get a confirmation on that, but I don't see it happening!

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    Wow, I know so little about my family! I should really ask the 'rents.

    My dad's side is 100% German. I THINK it was my great-grandparents who came over and started the farm in Iowa, and my grandparents were the first generation born here. My mom and dad farm the same land today.

    My mom's side is some Scottish, some German, and lots of other nationalities thrown in the mix. I think we traced it back to someone who came over on the Mayflower.

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    Well I know alot of stuff about my family. But Im mostly English and some German and some other European stuff. I think we came over some time between The Revolutionary war and the Civil war (closer to Revolutionary). But my great great great(and so forth) grandfather was William Pitt http://www.clpgh.org/exhibit/neighbo...oint_n104.html *cough*Pittsburgh*cough* . It feels cool to know a city is named after my family. He also was against taxing the americans, "This country has no right to tax the colonists. There is an idea in some minds that the colonies are represented in this House. I would fain know by whom an American is represented here?". I'm glad my grandmother got into geneology cause some of the shit is really cool.

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    My short story:

    My father was born in a town outside of Naples, Italy. My mother was born in New Britain, CT. Her great-grandparents were from Poland who came to the US. There is also a small % of Irish in my blood.
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    my mom is italian and her parents were born in connecticut in the early 1900's...her dad in 1913. my great grandparents came over on the boat [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]

    my dad's parents were form pennslyvania. his dad is irish and his mother polish. my dad's gransparents were born in ireland and poland as my mom's in italy

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    Well, I know that three of my four grandparents were Irish, and one was Italian. So I am 75% Irish and 25% Italian. But, I am 100% Canadian!

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