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What is your familial country of origin?

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  1. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Graybeard Patron  

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    Two of my grandparents came from Sicily, one from Abruzzia, one from Calabria. That means they were all part of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Southern Italian all the way.
     
  2. George Patton

    George Patton Canadian Refugee

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    After a tedious search, I finally found an alleged* photograph of the Russo family's annual reunion:

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    *Alleged because the photographer disappeared before the photos could be verified. He was last seen at the docks near 86th street. A fish wrapped in newspaper was later found in the individual's camera bag. The crime remains unsolved.
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Patron  

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    ...try the canollis.
     
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    Leave the gun, take the cannoli.
     
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    "Oh Paulie, won't see him no more."
     
  6. Frau Okie

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    Mostly German heritage, a good bit of Irish as well. One great-grandfather on dad's side was a full blood Cherokee. Can't begin to tell how many people in Germany have asked me if I have Native American blood based off of my looks, haha.
     
  7. Smiley 2.0

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    I'm mostly German. In fact my great grandfather left Germany because he hated what Hitler was doing to Germany. I just recently was told that my grandfather. If my great grandfather had not left Germany I might be speaking German today.
     
  8. TheDastardlyCollector

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    My parents are from Mexico, their grandparents are from Ireland and Spain.
     
  9. WW2HistoryGal

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    On my Dad's side...
    My grandfather's parents came to the US in 1908 from a small village in the Piedmont region of northern Italy called Volpiano. My grandmother's parents were Germans from Russia. They answered Catherine the Great's call to come to Russia and they settled in the Volga Region around 1765. They came to the US in the early 1900s.

    On my Mom's side...
    Less clear on immigration stuff, but my grandfather's parents were Polish; my grandmother's parents were Scots-Irish.
     
  10. Dave55

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    Dad's side is Irish and German and Mom's side is Polish and Ukrainian.
     
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    I only found this 1990 movie last week. Hilarious.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099615/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaG4C2Z4pqg
     
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    That was a great flick!
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    I've never even heard of it. Worth the cost of a rental if I can find it?
     
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    Definitely. Great cast too.
     
  15. Terry D

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    Like most Americans, some of a lot of things.

    1. English, probably from East Anglia (puritans)
    2. Scotch, Scotch Irish, and Irish, from Angus to Donegal to Pennsylvania
    3. A dash of Welsh (through Pennsylvania again)
    4. German (Wurttemberg to Maryland)
    5. Czech (Bohemia to Maryland)
    6. Jewish (Bohemia to Maryland)
     
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    The family would enjoy it too. Make a lot of popcorn. I'm bumping it up on my Netflix account now.
     
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    I was born in Croatia and I have an interesting family history.

    There was a family named "Bogojević" that went from Montenegro to Bosnia in 17th century because of the Ottomans.
    In the beginning of the 19th century, a guy named "Marko Bogojević" killed an ottoman because he wanted to rape his wife. Then he run 2-3 villages away and renamed himself to "Marko Marković". That's how my surname "Marković" was born. So basically my roots are at Montenegro and who knows what happend before that.

    I have some family in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia.

    Becuase I'm all mixed up I say that I'm Yugoslavian or South Slavic.

    P.S.

    Jugoslavija:
    Jug (south) -o (connecting word) -slavija (Slavic land)
     
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    England and Ireland, most (7) having been given a free, one way, 7 year, holiday in sunny Van Diemens Land (Tasmania).

    All did a lot better out here, one extremely so, than they could ever hope for back in the old country.

    John
     
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    Good to hear John...My first relative arrived in 1818...so just 3 (2) years until our bicentennial!
     
  20. Ben Dover

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    Maternal Grandmother
    Williams
    Welsh father, London mother (Chelsea Girl)

    Maternal Grandfather
    Randle (old Norwegian name been Anglicised from Viking Britain)
    Stratford-Upon-Avon his grandparents lived for generations, he was from Sutton Coldfield (the Midlands)
    He was tall, blonde curls and blue eyed and is where I get my curly hair from from, and people joked how he looked like he should be German in WWII because he had that look that Hitler liked... but my Grandfather was in the RAF and his family came from Stratford-Upon-Avon, y'know, after they were Vikings and changed their name at some point from Randwolf.

    Paternal Grandmother
    Lawrence - Cousin of Aunty Gertie a.k.a Gertrude Lawrence 1898-1952, who, used to come to my father's house for tea with Noel Coward of all people during WWII Britain because she was close to my father's mother.

    Paternal Grandfather
    Burrows -Who's great uncles were Robert Burrows 1782-1863 and his brother, Sir John Cordy Burrows 1813–1876 who were rooted in Ipswich.

    As far as I can tell, they're both, my paternal grandparents; Anglo-Saxon from London...

    So that's 8th Welsh (12.50%), 1/4 (25%) Anglicised Norwegian and the rest (62.75%) is Anglo Saxon... (give or take)
    Was time when I thought I was part Danish too because, I thought Gertrude Lawrence 'with a nickname like Aunty Gerty' was my grandmother's sister, not cousin, and Gertrude Lawrence was half English and half Danish... but it then was later told to me that
    'She was half English and half Danish, and we are the English side'..
    Was a time too when I thought I was part French Huguenot on my Grandmother's Chelsea Girl mother's side dating back from a generation or two before her! - turns out in the end that she wasn't and I'm not.

    I also have a trace of Scottish in me, and I don't want to say it's inbred, but both my mother and my father have that in them and it's of the same family name on either side of me; Viccars.
    But it's like 1% Scottish. Not a lot, but not 0%.
    That's why I said give or take with my percentages of me figures. so let's say... 62.65% Anglo Saxon and 0.10% Scottish + 12.50% Welsh and 25% Anglicised Viking.

    Or in other words...
    I am the result of somebody from this place meeting another somebody from that place someplace and making somebody who went on to meet what happened
    when another person somewhere met another person somewhere else, around there, enabling them to have me, in this place, here - right by this thumbtack. See it?
    Looks neat huh.
     

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