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Do You Know Where You Came From?

Updated on October 11, 2017

No! Not There!

When I ask the question "Do you know where you came from?," what is the first thing that you think of? Of course, health class and "The Talk", right? Wrong! What I mean when I ask that is, do you know your heritage? I know from growing up going to public schools, you always have one or two classes where you have to write about what your name means or your family tree. My question is, how well do you really know your family?

Looks Complicated...

So maybe you don't have to go that far into your family's history to answer this question. There are plenty of ways to find out where your family comes from and a little bit more about your heritage. After all, who doesn't want to spit in a container for someone?!

How Do I Find Out My Heritage?

Like I said, there are plenty of ways to find all of this information out,

  • Ancestry.com
  • 23 and me
  • Google (of course)
  • Parents and Grandparents
  • Family photos and/or documents

What Do I Ask My Family?

Depending on what specific information you are trying to find out, it is rather simple to ask the questions you really want to know. Try just asking "Hey, where is our family from originally?" to you parent or grandparent. If you have great grandparents tat are still alive, ask them. Go as far back as you want!

Where Is Your Family From?

I always asked these questions to my mom. I knew that her mother was Japanese and I always wanted to know where my name came from. My full name is Carissa Kumiko Bradley. Sterling is my maiden name. Interesting middle name, right? I always wanted to know what it meant and why it was MY name. So I asked my mom and found out about her mom. When I researched it, I found out that my first name means Beloved or Grace. My middle name means Companion child or drawing together. My first thought? Hmm, I was born to be a golden retriever! Just Kidding! Makes sense though, doesn't it?

What Else?

As you can see from the photo above, many of us are made up of so many different wonderful cultures that we could not possibly all be the same. Learning about you ancestry and heritage is fascinating and can definitely surprise you. It all starts with one simple question "Where do we come from?"

How Much Do You Know?

After finding out that I am part Japanese, I wanted to know what else I am made up of. I found out that I am also part Native American as well. I found that out on my dad's side of the family. I am not sure what tribe anymore as I found out years ago. However, I have definitely used my knowledge of my family to my advantage and began researching the Japanese culture, language, and even traditions. The more questions you ask, the more you find out about yourself and the more you can learn about different parts of the world. I, personally, love learning about who I am and what my family is made of.

Do You Know Where Your Family Is From?

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What Do I Do With This New Information?

ANYTHING YOU WANT!!!!! You can take the information you learn and find out about the cultures, languages, traditions, influential people, fashions, etc. You can do whatever you want with the information you find out. Go visit the countries if you want to! It opens so many door when you go back. You don't have to just stick with the basics of "Okay, I'm Irish, that's cool, I will drink more on St. Patrick's Day". Open your mind and broaden your horizons.

© 2017 Carissa Kumiko Bradley

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      Carissa Kumiko Bradley 6 months ago from Copperas Cove

      That is awesome! I love finding out about it through family because they share their own stories too

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      nina64 6 months ago from chicago, Illinois

      What a fascinating hub and also a great question. Back in 2014, I had the honor of tracing back my family history. I tell you it was some journey. I was able to at least go back to my great grandmother on my mother's side of the family. I have yet to do the same for my father's side. I'm sure I will find out some more family history tidbits that I had no knowledge of.

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