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Old 12-09-2011, 10:41   #1
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I'm a journalist doing a feature on getting started in genealogy. Have you or anyone you know ever visited a place your ancestors came from? Bonus points if you sailed there or have any other boating angle to the story. Post here or contact me at my URL. Let me know too if you want to be anonymous or not.
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my grandmother and i finished out our tree to william the conqueror and his crewmen. my cousin got us back 9000 yrs with dna testing.....found things we didnt think of...i spent hours on hours in the edinbrugh registry house in 1971 finding our old ones.
have many mayflower families direct line back. and more--
we visited many places in england , scotland and wales and denmark where many of our old ones were born in this search
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An uncle of mine spent his retirement after 30 years in the Coast Guard compiling a genealogy for our family that went back to to 13th Century. When questioned about it he observed that the family tree variously consisted of thieves and/or politicians. When asked how he made the distinction he held that it merely seemed a matter of whether they were working for, or against, the government at the given time.

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My family came to Iceland from Trondelag region of Norway around CE900. I have been to that region before but it was when I was around 10. It would be lovely to sail there someday.
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Personally.... I could not give a toss...
How I got here matters not... I see, I feel, I breathe..... I am...
Can't be ass'd with this "My x15 woz a prince/ss crap.....
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Seems like every time family history is brought up everyone is related to someone famous or sat on George Washingtons lap..except me ..know one in my family is noteworthy... except me(of course) and I belive that my fathers side of the family(mom is indeginous)came over on the Mayflower, I think they were janitors on the Mayflower, if Im not mistaken..My brother went to England and Ireland once to meet some ancesters and came back and said that they must have made a mistake as the "Family"wasnt as nice as the rest of us..being part Indian I meet my cousians all the time ,wherever I go most people tell me they are part indian and that their grand mother was a "Indian Princess",I think most on my mothers side was cowards as all the "Brave" ones were killed by the likes of Custard,Andrew Jackson,Danial Boone,etc.DVC
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go back far enough and we are all related .....
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Looked at family history, one side was diplomats and the other side were gangsters. Visited Ireland and Prague. Both sides settled in the USA. No mayflower travelers. Just Ellis island pass throughs.
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boaty, again, you are soooo right....LOL
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Looked at family history, one side was diplomats and the other side were gangsters. Visited Ireland and Prague. Both sides settled in the USA. No mayflower travelers. Just Ellis island pass throughs.
Aren't diplomats and gangsters the same thing?
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My family name is cognate with an Irish tribe of mercenaries and ne'er do wells first mentioned around 300 AD as hired by the Romans to fight rebellious Britons.

The family crest looks like a crime scene. Lots of daggers. On my mother's side are a bunch of disinherited MacDonalds, who tended to be in the front line of any ongoing fight, especially with people named Campbell or who happened to be English.

My own dad was bombed out of London in WWII as a teen and became a merchant seaman for 12 years. He was lucky not to fall victim to a U-Boat. I suppose that makes me a "hereditary sailor", although he never sailed after I was born, and the rest of the family were cops, soldiers and ironworkers.

We've calmed down considerably since the old days, although I personally still freelance.
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Looked at family history, one side was diplomats and the other side were gangsters. Visited Ireland and Prague. Both sides settled in the USA. No mayflower travelers. Just Ellis island pass throughs.
Prague what a wonderful place...
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I'm a journalist doing a feature on getting started in genealogy. Have you or anyone you know ever visited a place your ancestors came from? Bonus points if you sailed there or have any other boating angle to the story. Post here or contact me at my URL. Let me know too if you want to be anonymous or not.
My oldest ancestor in the US came from Scotland about 1840. He left his wife (Helen, married at Gretna Green) and 4 children (Did not Abandon them) for the gold fields of California. To get there he sailed around the Horne, got shiprecked on the coast of Chili. Was rescued and made it to Ca. He had a gold strike on the American River, dug a mine, sent gold back to his family. He was bushwacked and killed, the mine was lost to history. He is buried some place in Sonora, Ca.
His name was Benjamin Fitzpatrick Bruce, you can piece his story together if you dig hard enough on google.
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