posted on Apr, 12 2012 @ 07:54 AM
On my dad's side we can go as far back as when my great great great grandparents came to America from Sweden to Elise Island and then they worked
their way down to Virginia, but we cannot go any further back than that because of a possible last name change upon arriving here.
On my mom's side it's a little easier, my great grandparents came over from Ireland and went straight to Virginia, then on to West Virginia. My
grandmother married another Irish immigrant, but my mom and siblings branched out from there. No one can find any paper work, and of course neither
are still alive. On my mom's side of the family no one bothered to talk to them about their past. I am told that they were not the most friendliest
and warm grandparents.
My husband's history is very interesting to me. His great grandparents and both of their kids (his grandfather) went straight to Pennsylvania from
Syria. His grandfather married an American woman and had two kids. His dad then married his mom whose grandparents where from Germany. I have been
trying to get him into getting to know his Syrian roots and understanding the culture and things like that. It's amazing how even though the genes
have been "watered down" a bit he still has very dark eyes, skin and hair color.
When you really think about it America really is one giant melting pot and after so long it gets very hard to tell where anyone came from. It
surprises me so much that racism is still such a big problem when there is such a mixture going on.