Genealogy: Are you related to a monkey hairdresser? 10 replies

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Serio VIP Member

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#1 3 years ago

I'm an amateur genealogist. I spend time perusing old ship manifests, census records, birth and death certificates, and finding out links between dead to the living. It's fun. You wouldn't believe some of the gossip that 19th century priests wrote in their records about their congregations.

But I digress. We all come from somewhere. Some of us other people, a minority of us spring from rocks underground. There's something to learn from studying your heritage, and discovering your ancestry. Namely, whether you're a peasant, pauper, patrician or patron of descent.

I happen to know a few of you have interesting stories to share, so I'll preemptively start by sharing my grandmother's line.

By happenstance, I'm more or less a hundred percent Danish with a few North Germanic genes. My grandfather's family came from the Schleswig-Holstein region and is mixed Danish and German blood. My grandmother's line is completely Danish going back several generations.

Indeed, if you go up my grandmother's line, the closest you'll find a German ancestor is around 1723, with the birth of a Gottfried in Lünen, in what was then Prussia. His son-in-law, my great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, was a sergeant in the Danish Royal Life Guard(y'know, the people charged with protecting the royals, sort of like a Secret Service).

There are plenty more stories in my heritage, but I'd rather hear others stories. Those without some, but an interest in the subject, may find information below:

About Genealogy: Trace Your Family Tree & Find Online Records

Now, tell me your secrets.




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Holy fuck that's awesome. Since you're amateur, how do you get a hold of that stuff? I'd really love to know, since there's probably some similar way to get fun documents here too since Sweden and Denmark are pretty much alike when it comes to documenting and such... I hope at least.

I used to be really into genealogy untill I discovered everyone in my family that could give a decent account of our past generations was either senile or dead, so my knowledge goes just back to maybe late 1800's.

Nevertheless, might be fun to share: From my mother's side, since I have no contact with my daddy's side of the family because reasons. I know that my grandpa (mom's dad, who married his second cousin btw) was, supposedly, son to a creole (grand-grandmother; half Spanish, half native Chilean, Mapuche most likely) born in Madrid if I'm not mistaken, in 1913. I presume her parents must've lived somewhere from the mid 1800's to the 1930's or 40's. Probably also migrated back to Chile before or during (or due to) the Spanish civil war. Before that I have no idea though. I know that it was in 1811 when Chile became an independent nation, so before that, probably the time of my great-grandmothers grandpa's, it must've been purely Spaniards, most likely from the north part. The native part from the family is pretty much unreachable, since in earlier days, native population was looked down upon and many people, even today, try to deny their native heritage as much as possible.


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#3 3 years ago

Einherjar Silberio;5745034Holy fuck that's awesome. Since you're amateur, how do you get a hold of that stuff? I'd really love to know, since there's probably some similar way to get fun documents here too since Sweden and Denmark are pretty much alike when it comes to documenting and such... I hope at least.

I used to be really into genealogy untill I discovered everyone in my family that could give a decent account of our past generations was either senile or dead, so my knowledge goes just back to maybe late 1800's.[/QUOTE]

In Denmark, there's an organization called Dansk Demografisk Database. They're a subsidiary of the State Archives, and publish census records, church records, etc. all of them are digitised. Those that aren't have been scanned by the State Archives and are available, for free, through their "Arkivalier Online" system.

Besides that, there's a few paid websites as well as free ones. A good start might be FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/) as they keep a ton of free, online records. Also, check out Cyndis' List:

Cyndi's List - Sweden / Sverige - Census

[QUOTE=Einherjar Silberio;5745034]Nevertheless, might be fun to share: From my mother's side, since I have no contact with my daddy's side of the family because reasons. I know that my grandpa (mom's dad, who married his second cousin btw) was, supposedly, son to a creole (grand-grandmother; half Spanish, half native Chilean, Mapuche most likely) born in Madrid if I'm not mistaken, in 1913. I presume her parents must've lived somewhere from the mid 1800's to the 1930's or 40's. Probably also migrated back to Chile before or during (or due to) the Spanish civil war. Before that I have no idea though. I know that it was in 1811 when Chile became an independent nation, so before that, probably the time of my great-grandmothers grandpa's, it must've been purely Spaniards, most likely from the north part. The native part from the family is pretty much unreachable, since in earlier days, native population was looked down upon and many people, even today, try to deny their native heritage as much as possible.

That's actually funny in a way. My great-grandfather was a member of the Danish Resistance against Nazi Germany during World War II, and I decided to investigate his life a bit. In order to that, I traced his siblings(he had a whole bunch of 'em) and found out there's some distant connection through marriages to someone who fought in the Spanish Civil War as well.

I also found out I have family in the US, specifically Connecticut. Two my great-grandfather's brothers immigrated in the early 20th century. One of them had a son who is in his 80s now, and I have corresponded through old postal mail. The other had a family there too, but I didn't manage to trace any living relatives there.

Oh, and my great-great-grandfather received Dannebrogsmændene's Hæderskors, which was a nice surprise to stumble upon. That was more than a hundred years ago.




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#4 3 years ago

I don't have much information, but I do know my grandmother's tree can be traced back to as early as the 1100s. My cousin is the one who told me about it, I haven't looked at all of the documentations but I've been meaning to for a year to now. =p




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#5 3 years ago

I never put much effort into genealogy, but on the father's side I once found a website with which I could trace the family back to the 14th century. I thought it was interesting to see how the first names were handed down through the generations.




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#6 3 years ago

Ain't got nearly anything as impressive as Serio or Silby, but I know that mother's side are pure Greeks and father's side are Greek refugees who migrated to Egypt. I know father's family had been in Egypt for at least a couple of generations before him. Anyhow. People. I suspect a relative of my grandmother's (father's mother) was Miss Egypt in the mid 1950s. My father even seemed to recall his mother saying that she had a cousin who was very beautiful. Even the surname matches. But no idea if it's actually so, even though all clues make it seem possible. TL;DR, not much to go on, but Egyptian/Greek heritage in any case. Then there's this whole Australian thing, which is not genetic but still had an effect on my family.




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#7 3 years ago

Nothing interesting, just ordinary non-learned folks. Some were Orthodox Christians and lived in the area that was annexed by the Soviet Union after WWII. Besides, if you didn't speak Swedish around here you wouldn't have got any interesting duties until the late 19th Century.

I suppose it's a curiosity that my surname is rare (less than 10 people in the world) and that there was a late communist politician with the name, but he's unrelated as different people picked or modified theirs to the same surname.




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#8 3 years ago

I don't really know anything about my mom's side except we were Irish.

My dad's cousin's wife however did a lengthy genealogy on his family. We were farmers for centuries. We started in Switzerland, then the whole Protestant Reformation happened, family converted, but not to Calvinism, so they got violently driven out. Then they got violently driven out of France for not being Catholic.

They voluntarily left the Netherlands (because they thought the Dutch heathens, and Amsterdam a modern-day Sodom) and ended up in Prussia.

One of the many Russo-Turkish Wars happened, the Russians took western portions of Ukraine and Catherine the Great invited my family (and others of their faith) to colonize the land in return for religious protections. They were apparently fairly renowned farmers.

That is where they stayed, on their colonies, until Alexander II was assassinated and Alexander III set upon Russifying the minority populations. My family got the hell out and went to the US. That is where our story ends, although some were talked into staying and were persecuted terribly during the Soviet era.

I have family in Germany now that I've never met. They likely fled west with the retreating German army in World War II and were resettled. Unfortunately for them, in East Germany.


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#9 3 years ago

AFAIK:

My father's side is largely Italian and a little bit Welsh, while my mother's side is English and Dutch. It turns out we have a direct bloodline to the Mayflower pilgrims. Particularly a guy who almost drowned during the voyage :p

But anyway...my grandfather sold paint for a living and my grandmother was often a very mean Bible-thumper. They did a lot of damage to us. I personally have a great deal of anger towards her for filling my head with a lot of crazy ideas and a whole lot of fear.

*sigh*...sometimes (always) I wish you could choose for yourself whether or not you want to be born...

In short: I hate everyone. Except for the ones I don't hate, you're all cool <3


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#10 3 years ago

Adrian, since Xmas is coming in about two months, watch "It's a Wonderful Life". I'm not sure about the never been born thing, but I do wish I could switch realities or travel back in time while retaining my memories so I could watch my life unravel in different versions.




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