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Why are people so concerned about their heritage/ancestry?


I am not asking this question to be mean. I am just curious. Personally, I know that my ancestors came from Germany. I am satisfied with knowing that. I don't need to know specifics of 100 or 200 years ago. That part of my ancestry doesn't effect my present life as it doesn't effect anyone's lives unless they let it. Some people have a tendency to blame what is happening to them now on what happened 100 or 200 years ago. I am just curious why.

 

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    Tessa Schlesinger (TessSchlesinger) 9 months ago

    GREG When people don't understand what is happening to them, they look around for an answer, be it God or ancestors. People need to need explain their circumstances.


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    Alan Robert Lancaster (alancaster149) 9 months ago

    On some islands around the UK families were inter-bred. The Outer Hebrides were a case in point, with small communities cleared in the early 20th Century for health reasons. Diet and accommodation also had a lot to do with the problems they faced.


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    Greg Schweizer (gregas) 9 months ago

    I agree and understand. I just don't understand why some people seem to think that somehow what happened to their ancestors effects their lives. I think that's more of my question.

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    Helen Stuart (helenstuart) 9 months ago

    I agree 100% And I think there is a reason we are pulled into the stories of our ancestors. Historically, People stayed very close to ancestral homes

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    Alan Robert Lancaster (alancaster149) 9 months ago

    The way we are is shaped by what has happened to us in our own lifetimes, decisions we make are a product of that environment. People two hundred or more years ago would not have understood our circumstances, nor the other way round.


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    Sherry Hewins 9 months ago

    Most people who say this mean the black people. That whole slavery thing. Why they are not over it.


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    Greg Schweizer (gregas) 9 months ago

    I guess I asked my question wrong. I was thinking about the way past effecting lives. People hold it against for being Jewish. People complain if someone flies the rebel flag. Slavery is the blame for the situation of the blacks today. The question


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    Alan Robert Lancaster (alancaster149) 9 months ago

    Name origins usually give a clue as to where someone or their forebears came from. Even within a 'small plot of land' such as England there's diversity that links to Scandinavia, NW Europe and Anglicised versions of Gallic or Gaelic names.

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    Tessa Schlesinger (TessSchlesinger) 9 months ago

    The monetary situation of your parents affects you, yes. However, the DNA ancestry and which country they came from does not affect you. Nobody in Aussie or South Africa or other colonial countries cares where they came from.


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    Alan Robert Lancaster (alancaster149) 9 months ago

    On the other hand your family lost out in the Highland Clearances, but won in the long run by emigrating to the US and Canada... having been blighted by clan chiefs who preferred sheep to crofters. Things weren't much better south of the border.

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    Alan Robert Lancaster (alancaster149) 9 months ago

    Met a great aunt by accident when looking in a graveyard (West Rounton nr Northallerton) for my great grandmother. By her request there was no stone. I got to know my great aunt and her husband well. Visited a few times, once with the wife and kids

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    Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago

    Louisiana, I hope that you find your ancestors someday. It is very rewarding to learn about them and what they were, do you have cousins in Africa? I wish you luck in finding them. Blessings


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    MizBejabbers 9 months ago

    In the U.S. so many names were Angelicized for convenience of spelling upon entering the U.S. I have a line of Penrods that I thought were English but were German Jews, Ben Racht, or something like that. Research gives us true origins.


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    MizBejabbers 9 months ago

    Thank you, Paula. One thing I'd like to add is that if my mother had known that she had Jewish blood, she would have known that she had celiac disease instead of fighting wheat all her life. I have it, too. Ancestry research could save one's life.


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    Tessa Schlesinger (TessSchlesinger) 9 months ago

    So why is it that in other new world countries who were also occupied by immigrants, we don't care less about who our ancestors were? And we have a very strong sense of identity.


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    Helen Stuart (helenstuart) 9 months ago

    What in the World? I actually learned something amazing from this answer. It even had links! Are these answers in order of Best answers or just most repetitive? Do Hubbers actually read?

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    Greg Schweizer (gregas) 9 months ago

    What my ancestors did, accomplished or failed at, has nothing to do with my life. I am the only one that controls what happens with my life. Except for the ladies that actually found med problems from the past, most are for self interest.

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    Virginia Allain 9 months ago

    That's why the DNA test is opening up new avenues for people interested in their heritage. We no longer are dependent on old records like marriage licenses and can find some old secrets.


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    Alan Robert Lancaster (alancaster149) 9 months ago

    There's a lot of interest in heritage in the UK and Commonwealth countries since - as I've indicated above - the advent of the programme 'Who Do You Think You Are?' There's also an historical link between us here in the UK and Scandinavia/NW Europe


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    Greg Schweizer (gregas) 9 months ago

    That is probably true of more people than would like to admit it.


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    Greg Schweizer (gregas) 9 months ago

    Allisha, finally, I am getting answers from people that actually understand my question. Thank you, Greg.


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    Eric Dierker (Ericdierker) 9 months ago

    I got my results and I was amazed. It left out the fact that I am American. But I know that is in my ancestry. And it put in UK. Which I know has ancestry from Gaul, Roman and Nordic. So it left out the distant and left out the closest. ????

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    Greg Schweizer (gregas) 9 months ago

    Don't be sorry. I know my ancestry back to my grandparents. Knowing what happened before that isn't going to effect my life now. Some people tend to think that what happened 100/200 years ago effects there lives today.

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    Greg Schweizer (gregas) 9 months ago

    I agree with you too. It's there so why not. But it shouldn't effect the way we live today.


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    Greg Schweizer (gregas) 8 months ago

    TY. I have read since I asked this question that they now think that, like you said, the DNA may very well carry memory, maybe even skipping 1, 2 or even several generations. They say that might explain child geniuses or gifted talents in children.

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    Greg Schweizer (gregas) 9 months ago

    Gyps, actually, answers to the questions you asked have nothing to do with your life today if you look back at 100 to 200 years ago. You yourself controls the answers to tose estions.

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    Helen Stuart (helenstuart) 9 months ago

    If you are talking about child protective services and foster care, etc, I mean FOSTER CARE, not day care, and YOU care about your kids, (yeah, kids are taken for the WRONG reasons, You cannot just claim your kids. They are State Property. PROPERTY

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    C E Clark (Au fait) 9 months ago

    I think there is a longing for many people to know where they came from in part for the reasons you list. Little children start asking that question, and that question sometimes expands as people mature.


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