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      Your Roots

      So where do you have your roots from?

      As for me.

      My grandfather was born in 1919 Ejsk, Ukraine USSR. When World War 2 broke out he was called to duty. He flew a fighter plane. While fighting in the air he gets shot down and crashes, but thankfully doesnt die otherwise i woudnt exist. The Germans capature him and deport him to Germany, where he stays captured in a prison. In that prison he meets my grandmother, when war's over they both move over to Belgium, where they start a family. He didnt goed back to Ukraine cos of the communism. In '56 my mother gets born, being one of the youngest of 10 siblings, 11 in total. Somwhere in the late '80s my mother meets my father, and in '91 i get born as half Ukrainian half Belgian.

      Too bad i never met my grandfather he died in '88 at age 68 and years before that my grandmother died. I also never met my Belgian grandfather who also died somwhere in the '80s, my father said he was an amazing guy, if i did knew him i woud've liked him alot he said.

      My brother did knew my Ukrainian grandfather till he was 13 which is when he died. He said he was realy cool, he had som tattoos, like his name on his fingers. When my brother asked him why he had it he said: When i get in a fight with someone, the person im fighting with knows who he got his ass kicked from. He had true Russian behavior, he was a real man my brother told me.

      Cool thing is my grandfather was born '19 wich is the opposite of mine birthdate '91 and we both share the same Chinese horoscope, wich is goat.
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      MementoMori has hella awesome roots

      Alrighty, time to drop a bomb on you guys :

      My family lineage:

      Spoiler for SUPRISE SUPRISE!:


      ^ also, my family castle is:
      The Neushwanstein Castle





      and the Bomb:

      http://traveldk.com/berlin/member/neuschwanstein-castle
      http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb....schwander.html

      "The most famous of Germany’s castles, and one of the three commissioned by King Ludwig II, overlooks the gorgeous Hohenschwangau valley. If the architecture looks familiar, you’re right; Walt Disney used the castle as inspiration when designing the Sleeping Beauty Castle for Disney Land. Hundreds of artisans from around the globe took sixteen years to build but a third of the planned castle. It was never finished. However, its sweeping turrets and alabaster walls show that there’s little reason why Neuschwanstein is a prime tourist attraction in Germany."

      My family castle is the Disney castle/Sleeping beauty castle. No i can't reclaim it, would be awesome though. Funny thing that Walt Disney chose my family castle and my life long dream is to be a cartoonist for Disney.

      I love letting people in on this because i'm very very proud of my lineage and take pride in our family castle.

      So i've got a lost family treasure chest with important historical records pertaining to the origins of my family lineage that later in life i plan to hunt down or at least try, and i have a family castle beloved and known by the entire world. I know guys, i rock.

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      You want to know our family roots?

      Well, I'm not telling!

      (because I don't know! )

      My gran tried to look into our family history but came up against road blocks the whole time, I think she's given up. Our family history musn't be very interesting if there are no records whatsoever. It's like our very recent ancestors just popped up out of nowhere. She could get as far back as my great, great, great granddad and all she could get was a single record I think of the fact he was even alive. No idea what he did, who great great great grandma was, nothing.

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      Quote Originally Posted by MementoMori View Post
      Alrighty, time to drop a bomb on you guys :

      My family lineage:

      Spoiler for SUPRISE SUPRISE!:


      ^ also, my family castle is:
      The Neushwanstein Castle





      and the Bomb:

      http://traveldk.com/berlin/member/neuschwanstein-castle
      http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb....schwander.html

      "The most famous of Germany’s castles, and one of the three commissioned by King Ludwig II, overlooks the gorgeous Hohenschwangau valley. If the architecture looks familiar, you’re right; Walt Disney used the castle as inspiration when designing the Sleeping Beauty Castle for Disney Land. Hundreds of artisans from around the globe took sixteen years to build but a third of the planned castle. It was never finished. However, its sweeping turrets and alabaster walls show that there’s little reason why Neuschwanstein is a prime tourist attraction in Germany."

      My family castle is the Disney castle/Sleeping beauty castle. No i can't reclaim it, would be awesome though. Funny thing that Walt Disney chose my family castle and my life long dream is to be a cartoonist for Disney.

      I love letting people in on this because i'm very very proud of my lineage and take pride in our family castle.

      So i've got a lost family treasure chest with important historical records pertaining to the origins of my family lineage that later in life i plan to hunt down or at least try, and i have a family castle beloved and known by the entire world. I know guys, i rock.
      Thats unbelieveable
      Atleast if your not lieing
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      My Roots are pretty simple, but interesting to some I guess. My Grandparents and I'm sure at least 4+ generations before them lived in Sicily, specifically a province of Palermo. My Grandfathers both served in the italian army during its fascist period and after the surrender to the US, they actually were both POW's for a long time..sadly...but im the 1st generation/lineage to be born in the US of the whole family.



      That's the beach of the city most of my ancestors or long gone relatives lived.
      (and currently still have a bunch of relatives out there)




      Thats the Big city nearby
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      Italy, early 20's, grandfather and great grandfather came over from Italy. Apparently I still have family over there; my dad wants to visit sometime. That's about all I know. I know jack shit about my Irish and Dutch Irish herritage.

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      I'm a mut- a Heinz 57

      My people come from all over. It's said my father was of Scandinavian blood mostly. My mother side has Irish and Italian, if I remember correctly.
      I take after my father.

      Awesome story, DarkComrade and Mori.
      Beautiful pictures! Not everyone can say they have a castle

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      Mine go all the way back to pre-renaissance. The Burkes (A.K.A. Bourke, O'burke, O'bourke) are Irish and claimed to be direct descendants of Charlemagne My great great grandparents moved here from Ireland back in the 1800's and settled in Boston MA. My grandparents then moved to Utica NY in 1968 and then my dad moved to where we live now once he met my mom. As for her side of the family, IDK anything about them
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      Quote Originally Posted by DarkComrade View Post
      Thats unbelieveable
      Atleast if your not lieing
      Nope, would never lie about my heritage, would be too disrespectful to my family name.

      (my secret ambition in life is to get super rich and buy the family castle back.... would be so so wonderful)

      Quote Originally Posted by Zhaylin View Post
      Beautiful pictures! Not everyone can say they have a castle
      Heinz-57 is my favorite sauce lol

      but yeah, i was dumbfounded for a month (and still remain so a little every day) when i found out that my family had a castle, and such a beautiful and famous one at that.

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      Quote Originally Posted by MementoMori View Post
      (my secret ambition in life is to get super rich and buy the family castle back.... would be so so wonderful)
      You would have to be pretty rich for that... That, or pool your money with some other family members.

      My mom's side came from Ireland. My dad's side came over on the Mayflower. Fun fact: Two distant uncles of mine almost blew up a ship (not sure whether or not it was the Mayflower itself). They were the first people to be executed in the new world.

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      yeah, i would have to become another Bill Gates or close to it. but hey who knows

      "MementoMori, the lucid machine"

      "There's nothing better than knowing what it's like to fly like superman. Being fully aware of the air whipping by you, controlling every movement of every single atom in your body with a single thought. It's real freedom, and there's not a word good enough to describe it, so I'll just call it dreamy for now."

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      I don't know exactly, but most of my family lineage can be traced clear back to the boat.

      Mom's dad's side (Jelley) is nearly entirely Irish. Mom's mom is entirely German (Elsner). Mom's side traces their entire genealogies back a generation into Ireland and Germany
      Dad's side is where it gets confusing. Dad's mom (Muth) is mostly Germanic, as far as I can tell. Dad's Dad's side (Romine) is very funky. Allegedly, the name "Romine" is a bastardization of the Irish "Romaine." A story goes that a James Romaine lived in Virginia during the Civil war and had to dodge recruitment, so he fled to West Virginia and changed his name.

      Whether that's true, I don't know. Somewhere, some Scandinavian, Scottish, and English blood come in.
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      There are a few interesting stories. On my father's side, following the origin of my last name, it should be Whitstine. My grandfather's grandfather changed his name, fled Germany post WWI, and married an Irish/Cherokee woman. I believe the Irish woman was also Cherokee and know that a person entered the geneology as the product of a triple murder fugitive who had ran to the territories to escape the law and ended up married to a native.

      On my mother's side, there is alot more Cherokee. And also a decent amount of Celt. She was from West Virginia, however, and her family moved less. So her side is less eclectic.

      In the end, I am more Celtic than anything else. (That is approximentally half. Perhaps a little less.) Next probably comes Western Band Cherokee, (maybe 10 percent is all.) Then Hebrew and French probably tie. Anything else in my genes isn't large enough to worth mentioning.
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      mems, your castle... i laughed. that's pretty cool =)

      i don't really have roots, i guess - or i just haven't gotten past how i never really knew my grandfathers (only one survived until i was little), my living grandmother didn't keep many records, and my parents can't fill in the details. the only ethnicity i can identify with to any degree worth mentioning is Lithuanian.
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      I'm just a proud frisian
      last year my mother researched our family tree(my frandfather, here father, had already done a big pat)

      my fathers family comes from the border between friesland and groningen, two dutch provinces, but both once were part of great-friesland(almost the whole netherlands were btw, and a part of belgium, germany and denmark, the english also partly desecend from frisian ancestors and I just recently read the franks also desecnded from frisians, altiugh they later became the biggest enemies because the franks became christians and the frisians stayed fully heathen/pagan untill the 800's

      my mother mothers family comes from the south of the netherlands and partly belgian, but has a frisian branch in it too

      but I just consider myself 100% frisian, and a treat of the frisians is wanting (personal) freedom and independance, wich is totally what I have too:p (I read recently in that document where I read about the franks also that the actual reason the frisians were conquered were that they preferred personal freedom over the freedom of the tribe, contrary to our modern meaning of freedom, so I feel even more frisian now:p the frosians even defeated the roman army, and the romans were afraid of them at one point, only the franks eventually conquered the frisian empire, but the frisians fought back for a long time, also a big voctory in our history, wich is still celebrated, is when holland tried to conquer friesland and send an elite ar,y with the best holland, belgium end some german states could ofer, and they were defeated by frisian farmers, and Willem III of holland was killed, from this same time comes the story of our folk hero, grutte pier, a big guy from 2-3 metres with a sword of 2 metres)

      the frisians originally come from denmark and the south of the scandinavian countries above it

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