posted on Feb, 9 2014 @ 10:25 AM
reply to post by LightofLiberty
I think it is always fascinating to learn where we come from. Those twists and turns in family lineages can be surprising.
My father's, father's line traces back to Norway. We can trace the family lineage to before the Viking era, and during the Viking era they rose to
prominence. These weren't just Scandinavian people living in the Viking age, these were Vikings for real, (there is still a town with our family
name). My ancestors were raiding for wealth and extremely violent; which is kind of funny, because my grandfather was a very soft-spoken, kind
hearted, calm man.
My fathers parents were also extremely racist, especially my grandmother. Her ancestors were from the Antebellum South, and she claimed an "Uncle"
that fought for the Confederates as a General. Eventually, I looked into things (strangely, prompted by my grandmother herself), and when I traced it
back, her grandfather was listed in the census as "mulatto". This man did not exist in terms of paper work before the civil war, but he claimed
family on the census form that goes back to his grandparents in the U.S.; so by his report my grandmothers ancestors have been in this country the
My mother is only 3rd generation in this country on both sides, Czech and Welsh. The Czech ancestors were from the "cottager" class and left the
country because of some sort of dispute with the Catholic Church there, and the Welsh side claims ancestry from nobility, but I haven't looked into
If you trace our Welsh line back far enough, they come from France, but I just don't know enough to help you with your questions. I like reading
about people's ancestor stories though, especially where the family lore deviates from the truth, and I couldn't help but share.
9-2-2014 by redhorse because: (no reason given)