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BrownBear
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Posted 13 October 2013 - 09:12 PM

I made this topic so we can discuss something which greatly interests me, our ancestry.

So where does your family originate? Any interesting ancestors? I'd love to hear your input.

 

My ancestry is quite varied. I'm Irish on my mum's side, I had ancestors who fought in the Independence War of the 1920s and going back a general who fought in the Crimean War.

My dad's side is a bit more varied. My dad was born in Turkey and his family has always centered around Turkey, but his ancestors are spread all over. As far as I know, I have Arab (Maybe Syrian), Turkish, Greek (Thessaloníki), Albanian and Central Asian (Maybe Kazakh) ancestry. My granddad was a kind of mafia figure, he ran several casinos and nightclubs in Izmir until they were shut down during a military coup and he turned to Islam. Another relative was killed by an Australian sniper while collecting water at the battle of Gallipoli during World War 1.

 

So what's your background?

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 09:14 PM

My background?

 

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But on a serious note, I don't even know. All I know is that I've got ancestors from England, and that's about it.

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 09:23 PM Edited by Trinette, 13 October 2013 - 09:27 PM.

I know that my mother is French and so are both her parents and her parents parents etc...none of them were extremely significant people that left marks on history as far as I know.

 

But I honestly don't know my other half. I never bothered asking my father and the discussion of our backgrounds is something that was never brought up in this family. I'm thinking my father's side is all Italian or Maltese because of his darker complexion but I really couldn't tell. :ph34r: :ph34r:


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 10:03 PM

Campbell's all up in this thread! I know there is (or rather, was, at least) a bunch of us on here.

 

One of the old Scottish Highland clans. Has a big castle at Inverary; it was featured on Downton Abbey on their last Christmas Special, though they claimed it was somewhere else the cheeky bastards. My dad got remarried in Inverary (the village) then we all went up to the castle where we had the wedding photos taken in the parts of the castle not open to the public because of our heritage.

 

There's a famous story of the Glencoe Massacre that Clan Campbell committed in the 1690s. There had been a feud with a certain band of MacDonalds for a few years, but they were ordered by some higher power to cut it out for a bit while some other matter (I want to say it was something about Jacobites). So during their joint operation, the Campbells offered their hospitality to some of those MacDonalds, they stayed for a week, partied, planned and all sorts of friendly stuff. Then one night the Campbells slit the throats of the MacDonald's in their sleep.

 

...yeah.

 

Just to make sure it's clear, it's all in the name. I'm about as close to the clan as anyone with the surname Campbell. I'm not exactly gonna be inheriting a castle any time soon.

 

That said, I did get the crest tattooed on my leg earlier this year.

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 11:30 PM

Scottish, Irish, German, and I think I remember my mom saying some English, but I'm born American and so is the family for at least three generations back on either side, most of them are/were settled in Ohio and New York, and that area in general.

 

My last name comes from some clan whose documents and (old) castle were destroyed in a fire. They were apparently quite the ruthless bunch of border reivers though.


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 01:15 AM

German, Austrian, Polish, Latvian & Belarussian. But my distant ancestors probably moved around so much around Europe that i have no idea what i really am. I'm kind of interested in taking a DNA test 


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 01:30 AM Edited by D- Ice, 14 October 2013 - 05:13 AM.

Brownbear, damn, haven't spoken to you in ages! How's everything going bro?

 

As for my ancestory, it is various Arab tribes, the ones my father and mother get their surnames from are both 'Qahtanite'.

Since my tribe (same as father's in our culture, like surnames) is quite large and influencial, and the branch I'm descended from had the luck of living in one of least stable countries in one of the least stable regions in the world, they were involved quite a bit in the political turmoil.

They had an interesting and very varied relationship with the Ottomans, but they became enemies for the last time after Ottoman Sultan Abdulmejid I (Abdulmecid I) ordered the assassination of a very powerful (and elderly) Shiekh, by literally being stabbed in the back.

They then supported the Hashemite Rulers, and some high-ranking tribesman and politician was assassinated by the new Arab Socialist rulers of Iraq. He was trying to escape to the Jordanian border in his car, which was destroyed by a fighter aircraft.

 

As for my family, my great great gandfather divorced his wife, leaving her, his two sons, his fancy house and lands, and left to another town to start over from scratch. He started out as a peasant, and worked his way up to own massive amounts of land in the area (he married the Shiekh's daughter, so his wife had lots of land).

I think another ancestor on my paternal grandmother's side (3-6 generations back, I think) carried out, or ordered an assassination of some guy. Him and a friend or servant took him hunting, then shot him while he was sleeping at camp.


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 04:21 AM

I don't quite know for sure. Apparently I have ancestry from almost every European country on my fathers side. On my mothers side I apparently have some English,French, and Native American ancestry. I am not 100% on either claims. I am also supposedly related to Bonnie Parker ( famed outlaw ) in some way, and again I have no way to verify the legitimacy of that statement either.


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 05:59 AM Edited by VF94, 14 October 2013 - 06:41 AM.

I So Brink: You might be sorta related to Bruce Campbell.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 11:50 AM Edited by Grand Theft Savage, 14 October 2013 - 12:03 PM.

I'm Jamaican... I personally think being Caribbean is as Black as it gets regarding the outside of Africa...

I have very few British people up my line of origin. So, I'm a Sand-Jamaican in theory.


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 04:30 PM

Norwegian mother and English father, that's all I know


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 04:50 PM

I'm Ukrainian.  My family made their way to the states during crazy 1940's WWII time.


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 08:50 PM

Russian, Irish, a little Jamaican, Canadian and a little Italian. 


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 10:05 PM

English on my dad's side, with a surname that apparently can be traced to the Vikings. Polish and German on my mum's side.


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 10:10 PM

ancestry is overrated.

who cares where your family is from? it was an accident anyway. you didn't choose your parents or where you would be born. your family is your family by happenstance just like the rest of your background.

 

you shouldn't take pride in where you're from.

you should take pride in where you're going.

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 10:25 PM

For the first few folks posting in this thread about their Scottish heritage: I wouldn't be so quick to make this anything to be proud of; this place is a sh*te-hole.

 

Nah, just kidding. It's a pish-hole.

 

Seriously though, it's a smackhead ridden cesspit.

 

Nothing international here, but I have ancestry stemming back to Newcastle and Liverpool. Great huh? I always blame that sh*t whenever my great-grandchildren are getting on my nerves.


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 10:39 PM

ancestry is overrated.

who cares where your family is from? it was an accident anyway. you didn't choose your parents or where you would be born. your family is your family by happenstance just like the rest of your background.

 

you shouldn't take pride in where you're from.

you should take pride in where you're going.

I'm not proud of my place of birth or ancestry, I just find stuff like that interesting.


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 10:48 PM

i have family Way back from both  Poland and the Balkans. i always did feel a bit Eastern European. 


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 12:52 AM

There's an few incredible stories in here, I think you'll find interesting!

 

http://www.radiolab....ist-or-does-it/

 

I'm pretty english, though a huge Scotch streak runs in the family, and a healthy dose of Danish (Nielsen!) and my grandmother swears to God I'm a decendant of Pocahontas. Go figure. I'm been meaning to get a DNA test like they speak about in that podcast for a while... who knows!??!!?


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:56 AM Edited by Shyabang Shyabang, 17 October 2013 - 01:58 AM.

There's a famous story of the Glencoe Massacre that Clan Campbell committed in the 1690s. There had been a feud with a certain band of MacDonalds for a few years, but they were ordered by some higher power to cut it out for a bit while some other matter (I want to say it was something about Jacobites). So during their joint operation, the Campbells offered their hospitality to some of those MacDonalds, they stayed for a week, partied, planned and all sorts of friendly stuff. Then one night the Campbells slit the throats of the MacDonald's in their sleep.

 

 

I think another ancestor on my paternal grandmother's side (3-6 generations back, I think) carried out, or ordered an assassination of some guy. Him and a friend or servant took him hunting, then shot him while he was sleeping at camp.

Those were scary times. One wouldn't know who friend or potential killer is. It's not like nowadays in those same areas when the backstabbing is just done through gossip at a classroom or a workplace.


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:22 PM

Both of my parents have spanish blood.

But, AFAIK, my mom has Italian's as well.


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 06:26 PM Edited by FirstLadyofGTA, 18 October 2013 - 06:28 PM.

I made this topic so we can discuss something which greatly interests me, our ancestry.

So where does your family originate? Any interesting ancestors? I'd love to hear your input.

 

My ancestry is quite varied. I'm Irish on my mum's side, I had ancestors who fought in the Independence War of the 1920s and going back a general who fought in the Crimean War.

My dad's side is a bit more varied. My dad was born in Turkey and his family has always centered around Turkey, but his ancestors are spread all over. As far as I know, I have Arab (Maybe Syrian), Turkish, Greek (Thessaloníki), Albanian and Central Asian (Maybe Kazakh) ancestry. My granddad was a kind of mafia figure, he ran several casinos and nightclubs in Izmir until they were shut down during a military coup and he turned to Islam. Another relative was killed by an Australian sniper while collecting water at the battle of Gallipoli during World War 1.

 

So what's your background?

I love ancestry too, I find it very interesting especially when massive historical events place questions marks over large parts of your existence and you manage to fill in those gaps miraculously. 

 

Interesting ancestors...

well so far I've found 4 civil wars veterans in my family, one a direct ancestor (my g.g.g. grandfather) and I am distantly related by marriage to Ann Boleyn (Queen Elizabeth I's mother) which I found quite amusing since I find the Tudor period of history very interesting like many people do.  I am a history major and absolutely love anything historical even television dramas (like The Tudors or The Borgias) so it is natural that I would find my family history of interest also.  Not going to go down the list as I'm pretty much a mongrel like many but the thing I found most interesting was finding out about my Native American ancestors and seeing the photos and discovering the documents (many people claim to be Native American but usually have no proof because it seems to be a fad to claim it especially in America).  They were Algonquin speaking.  They left the reservation and assimilated into the white/black communities of western Massachusetts, and I mean assimilated as in married blacks and whites too  :)   Once you did this you were no longer written down on the census records as 'Indian' (it was a land grabbing tactic from the whites).  So it has been difficult to pin down their tribe but most likely from their movements they were Stockbridge Mohican and or possibly Iroquois Mohawk (but I'd go with the former for too many reasons to explain here).

 

BTW. In GTA V they parody the obsession or fad (thanks to the many TV shows and websites) of genealogy.  It's a site on the internet called 'my dead family' or something like that and they allow you to 'fake search' but the result pages (of your search) that come up are quite funny and added with a good dose of R* humor. 


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 08:35 PM

I'm a 4th generation American, but I have Scottish, Irish, Italian, German, and Russian/Polish(?). My family has ties to Clan Stewart (if I was identifying by surname) and I think the House of Stewart (that's what I'm told, but I'm not sure). Other than that, my ancestry is pretty dull.

 

 

 

 

? - One of my ancestors was born in what is now modern day Poland, but at the time it was under Russian control. Would it be Russian or Polish?


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Posted 19 October 2013 - 04:27 PM

My ancestors were Ilocano Hacienderos and Italian Immigrants.


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Posted 19 October 2013 - 05:37 PM

My dad explored Ancestry.com a few years ago, and actually found out really interesting stuff. I am the direct descendant of Charlemagne, Scottish Royalty, Knights, and voyagers of the Mayflower. I am the distant cousin of George Washington and, even more distant, Obama. One of my ancestors died in a Revolutionary War battle, and he wasn't even in the battle. He was on the sideline watching. One of my ancestors were originally a Redcoat, however the British burned down his shipyard so he joined the Continental Army.  My ancestors founded a town in West Virginia, called Salem, in the 19th century (my family name is even in the description of the History of Salem on Wikipedia). We went from the high life of royalty in the Middle Ages and before, all to hicks and whores in the 19th century. I am of English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, French, Polish, German, and somewhat Italian descent.





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