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How important is your family history or lineage to you?

Rideauxb 7 May 25

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In my teens and twenties I was zealous in tracking down my genealogical roots. I think I was looking for a sense of place that I'd never felt growing up. I can see where it may benefit me for medical reasons, but otherwise it's just interesting. My family are the people I've chosen to be in my life, and I'm who I make myself to be.

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Outside of curiosity, it means nothing. I got excited when I found out that our family line goes back to one of the first convicts sent to Australia from England.

@Faithless1 I know. I remember when it was considered to be an embarrassment which is why I had a bit of a giggle when I found out many years later how it had become a badge of honor to have a convict in the family. Oh how the time's change.

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I have no lineage. I was adopted and never cared anything about my birth parents. Between having a tie to the past and leaving one's footprints in the sands of time -- it seems people more time not in the present.

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Eh, I don’t care. Especially with no descendents remaining. I’m just the broken off remnants of a decayed limb. I know the last couple of generations and heard stories of maybe the two previous to them. Then I skip many generations before I get to the first blue eyed mutant. But yeah, I don’t care.

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I got involved in my family lineage for two reasons. Being a great grandson of people who died in the holocaust, I want a ed to find if any of them survived. And my father left when I was young child, I never knew about his family and where they were from.

Before I started doing the research, I would have told you I was from Russian, German, and Irish immigrants that arrived here in the states around the turn of the century. On my mother family, I was correct, but on my father's side. I found myself traveling back through the history of this country and beyond.

The most interesting thing I found, that I am the descendant of Mary Boleyn.

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always enjoy that stuff. both sides of my families' history is known for many many generations. there's some interesting stories and interesting characters back in there. how much that shapes me I do not know.

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No importance at all and I have no family left above me - but I do have a name that only four other people in england have, which makes me smile.

What is it, what is it?!?!

@smoyle now if I told you that you'd know everything about me wouldnt you but a clue is in French it means a political bribe

@jacpod your name is Wine Jar?!

@smoyle- and a wine jar could be?

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Not really important to me.

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I was adopted as a baby and have not made any move to find my birth parents. I promised my mom I wouldn't so I intend to honor that promise as long as she lives.

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Outside of the people l actually knew or know, not important.

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Fam history/lineage is very important to me. I'm part of a diaspora, and we know a lot about our roots and origins. The last 3 generations in my family all identify similarly in regards to faith and atheism though, so I think that makes it easy for me to embrace my history/lineage/roots. We are culturally still keeping up the traditions of our people though. Just not religiously.

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Not important at all, but I'm interested in history, my own included.

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I have done some family research on Ansestry.com and while it was interesting and impressive, it had no affect on my life.

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Important? No. Interesting yes.

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It’s important to know where you come from. Funny story, since I was a child I was told that my grandpa was Italian. So I always said I was black and Italian. I took one of those 23andMe test. Turns out I am 0% Italian. Really shatters what you think you knew about yourself.

You may still have Italian heritage - the reliability of these DNA testing firms has been called into question recently!

23andMe blames human error for DNA mix-up [zdnet.com]
Some Genetic Tests Apparently Can’t Tell If You’re Dog Or Human [futurism.com]

@Jnei lol really? I didn’t know that. Only reason I assume it’s correct is because my grandpa took one without any of us knowing it and his didn’t come back with any Italian either (found his out after I took my test). It said he was actually Irish. So now I’m Black and Irish ☘️ lol

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Not important in the slightest.

Quite interesting, but not important.

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Zero... I had NO say in where I came from, I prefer to know where I'm going...

Hutch Level 7 May 26, 2018
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My aunt (father's sister) was an ancestry buff; she always was "discovering" something about the old family in France. She was very excited to find out that two members of her family (mother side) -who were the 1st. Atheists in the family and had separated from the others for that reason- had arrived in Argentina few years before her great-grandparents...also from France....she even found we had a farrrrrrrrr removed relative who was the companion of a rich upper class French lady (1700s?).
Gee, I guess all of these justify my nick ...LOL

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Not important to me at all. Could be very interesting though. I'd love to discover I had Norse ancestry so I could justify some cool Viking tattoos!

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Genealogically it has no allure for me. Genetically it had some importance but I've settled that with testing.

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Completely unimportant.

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I would like to know where my family came from. My father got as far back as 1750 and then the trail went cold. I often think of DNA testing to get a general idea but I'm suspicious that they might be telling people any old story because they can't check it themselves.

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Perhaps,doing research about a mutation in the family,say everyone had brown eyes and blue eyes appear, who,and when.

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I would say that it is important to me because my family of origin is extremely disfunctional and it has helped me to see into the past and understand all my ancestors have been through that have brought me to this place and time. I’m an intermediate genealogist and I love discovering new interesting stories about my ancestors and I’ve done research for others as well which has also been fun and interesting.

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