Originally posted by hdutton
We traced our family back to the Norse in 615 AD. The family came here in 1653. This is why I don't identify myself as an immigrant. We were here
before the US was established.
edit on 18-6-2012 by hdutton because: (no reason given)
in counting number or great-grandparents..
2 to the Nth = number of great-grandparents...where N is the generation
2 (n=2 generations) = 2x2 = you had 4 grandparents.
I also have a line of my family traced back to pre-founding of the USA, specifically 1664.
10 Generations back.
2 (to the 10th) = 1024 great grandparents 10 generations back.
My point...while I have no doubt one
of you ancestors was here before the founding of the United states....I think it is highly likely that you
descended from an "immigrant"
1776 likely represents 6 generations back...64 great grandparents...five generations back...32 great grandparents....4 generations back 16 great
grandparents....all of them non-immigrants?
It's possible that you are referring to your paternal surname, handed down father to son, but sometimes from mother to son if the mother came from
royalty or prominence.
either way that surname does not account for the bloodlines of the mothers.
I would bet every penny that you are in fact descended from immigrants.
Just thought I would point that out.
* I'd also like to add that recent DNA studies and samplings show that about 30% of self identified "whites" in the USA have black ancestors and
DNA between 3-7 generations...7 generations being around 1750...give or take a few decades.
Keep in mind that if a mixed race child was born in the USA in the 18th and 19th century...and they appeared "fair skinned" enough to pass as
white...in a world where "whites" spent long days in the sun without sunblock...then those children where entered into "white schools" raised by
the white parent etc.
I myself discovered in my genealogical research that my G-G-G-Grandmother was black and lived until her death with her white husband, my
g-g-g-grandfather...though she was listed as a slave in the census until post civil war when she took the family name in her late 70's before she
died. AND they were living in the south! There were always rumors amongst the oldest of my great grand-parents generation that there was "black"
blood in our heritage, but no one knew ...no pictures...no family acknowledgment, or stories...they didn't talk about it...it was just a mystery as
to who that "mother/wife" was on my family tree until I finally found the census and burial records in the archives.