Ancestory -- 08/02/02

Friday Five

1. What is your lineage? Where are your ancestors from?

They came from all over Western Europe. My ancestors on my father's side came from England, Ireland, Scotland and Holland. My mother's side is mostly French and Dutch. Some of the French side, according to some family gossip, may include French-Canadian and possible Native American. Both sides apparently had been in America for generations. A few years ago a cousin on my mother's side confirmed eligibility for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution.
2. Of those countries, which would you most like to visit?

England -- just because I enjoy visiting there (especially London, as I noted in a recent Friday Five about travel)... and because I have friends there I've not seen in two or three years.

3. Which would you least like to visit? Why?

That's tough... I mean, I don't have any ancestors from Lower Cameldungistan or any place like that, someplace where nobody in his right mind would want to visit. I've been to England and France and Canada, but I've never been to Holland or Ireland or Scotland. Actually, I would like to visit all three...

4. Do you do anything during the year to celebrate or recognize your heritage?

I celebrate the Fourth of July. I honor Memorial Day. I participate in my community. I vote.

I'm not English. I'm not a Scot, nor am I Irish, nor French, nor Dutch. I'm a citizen of the United States of America... I'm an American and damned proud of that (no matter which collection of crooks and fools happens to be holding office).
5. Who were the first ancestors to move to your present country (parents, grandparents, etc)?

I do not know when any first ancestors arrived here; as far back as I could trace, they were here. There were no family stories about any first arrivals.

On my father's side... My father was born in 1906. His father's father had been a captain on Hudson River boats and had been living in New York City when he went to sea as a cabin boy on clipper ships... on another branch on my father's side, a list in a family bible went back to the late 1700's in the U.S.

On my mother's side... Again, I don't know of any great-great whomever who was of an imigrant generation. As I mentioned, a cousin traced ancestory back to the American Revolution (and, actually, beyond... back to France in the 1600's, but I don't know when that branch moved to America.

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