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What is your cultural background?
June 27, 2005
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rev,

Such an accurate observation, we all have alcoholism in our family histories. Different nationalities, different races, different religions, but same behaviors...it is no accident that we've all met here at this site. We are all struggling to break the dysfunctional patterns handed down from the past in order to turn things around for ours and the next generation.

You posed the very interesting question, what do you think our ancestors would say if they saw us today? I know my grandmothers would both say that I'm too skinny and that I shouldn't be working outside the home. One of my grandfathers would be pretty angry because I am no longer affiliated with the Catholic church, and the other grandfather would be upset because I don't drink. But they'd all be happy that I make my own homemade pizza šŸ™‚

How about you? What do you think your ancestors would say?

June 27, 2005
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I LOVWED reading these posts, but I do have to admit, I have ot read them again as I inherited some add like issues.
My native american tribe I was told that my family belongs t ois simply called acaidian in the part of maine that my mom is from, but no one can seem to elaborate or add any clarity to that for me now..i will be researching this further at some point though.
I also know tat a great majority of the men i n my family made moonshine and smuggled all kinds of things across the river to and from canada.
My grandfather smuggled a cow over from canada, and The image of what that must have looked like always cracked me up in hysterics...Now HOw exactly do you smuggle a cow???
drukin mainards!!!! LOLOL
ok..Im going ot reread this wonderful thread again.....
Much love,
AW

June 27, 2005
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C-mom--

Again, thank you for this thread. These kinds of topics help us anonymous comrades feel a bit more connected. Funny thing, though, I don't need to feel connected to feel love and care for all of you.--2b

June 27, 2005
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I have to admit that the first time I joined an online community I really had a hard time with the fact that even in this anonymous world, people still bring up issues of race and background. This site is wonderful, because we all have so much in common, despite the diversity of our backgrounds.

June 28, 2005
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AW
The Acadians are actually from my neck of the woods...French ancestry (not Native though).

Canada's history is pretty much British vs French, and when the Brits were gaining control, they forced the Acadians out of the region because they were afraid the would side with France- mostly deported to New England region, which makes sense that they're in your bloodline! (many ended up settling in New Orleans- very rich Acadian culture there as well)

Eventually they were allowed to return, but lost their lands. Many never came back. It's a touchy subject...but english/french relations generally are in Canada. We don't seem to have the same race troubles as the US--not to say we don't have them -- but our "big" issues seem to come down to English vs French šŸ™‚ Always something, isn't there?

There are festivals throughout the summer in Eastern Canada celebrating the Acadian heritage.

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June 28, 2005
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Coda,

I don't believe Miles Standish was a captain of the Mayflower, however he did come here on the Mayflower.

A very long time ago my Grandmother showed me a set of books that she had, passed down from generation to generation called The Mowry Books. In these books listed all of my ancestors on her side of the family, who they married, who their children were, what property they owned, their last will and testament(s), etc. , dating back to England and Miles Standish.

Of course when I first saw these books, I was kind of young and not at all interested in history. I wish that I had the opportuntity now to look at them again, however my gramma has since died and the books are now with my mother's sister. We don't have a good relationship and when I asked her several years ago if I could see the books again, she gave me a lot of run around and never came up with them.

It's really too bad, because there is a lot of history there, especially concerning the founding of my home state, and I would love to be able to read them again.

Lolli

June 28, 2005
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hey, good morning...forgot to add one thing to my post above, I am related to Robert E. Lee and George Washington.

Have a blessed day.

June 28, 2005
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omw, I am related to george washington as well! (also to Johhny cash, and very closely--second cousin once removed or something, I've seen the proof even. Pretty cool.). Not sure how to georgie though, but looks like it's a small codepenent world...maybe we can pitch it to disney?:)

June 28, 2005
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Ha-ha, this is great! We'll probably find out that we are all cousins and we all had the same great-great-great-great monster-alcoholic grandfather or something!!!

Coda-mom, you asked what I thought my anscestors would say...well, I'd say because they would have mostly been strict Irish catholics, that they would dissapprove of my lifestyle, living out of wedlock, working full-time, not having any children at the ancient age of 31! They'd probably be higly ashamed because I am an "old maid" by their standards Tee-hee!!
But, I would say that the old spanish witch would like me and give me the nod on a few spells and potions!!
And my Grandmother on my Dads side would probably ask me what type of car I drive!!!!

Now...famous people that I'm related to...lets see...Colin Farrell's mother is I believe a distant cousin of my mother!!!!

June 28, 2005
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Hey, I'm German from northern bavaria, and I live in Austria. My grandmothers both were daughters of local families, one a farmers daughter, the other daugther of a urban family who were poor, but just got by. One of my grandfathers came into town on his way back from the Fremdenlegion, looking for work in a factory, the other came as a seasonal agricultural worker, both from further east, east germany one, the other from poland. My dad managed to become an engineer, because he was bright enough to get a grant, and because his parents struggled to make ends meet and make it possible for him to get an education.

June 28, 2005
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AW,

I can't get the image out of my mind of a man trying to smuggle a cow over the border...HOW do you even fit the cow into a canoe and send it down the river? LOL...I always wondered about these Mainahs. They have rock-hard determination (stubborn?) to get things done, no matter what.

June 28, 2005
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wow,yall have the most interesting backgrounds. i live in south georgia.i know people who still make moonshine.ha ha. my grandparents are all irish. can trace back to first one to come here and fight in war. was awarded a farm for fighting.(war of independence).all my grandparents live to be in their nineties. alchohol runs rampant among the men on both sides. for some reason the women don't take that role.my mom remembers when electricity came to this area. she was 16. i can't imagine a life without electricity.

June 28, 2005
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oh yea, i am babtist. the catholic church isn't that strong here. but thereis a babtist church on every corner in town. i read my husbands family tree and found out my family and his have been intermarrying for about 200 years now. talk about the sick being attracted to the sick.

July 3, 2005
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Interesting thread. My mother was German from her mother's side and Irish from her father's side of the family. My father was English, Irish and possibly Scot from what I understand. I was raised by my mother's first cousin so she and her husband adopted me and they were German. They were born here in the U.S. and still spoke German at times, but I didn't learn the language then so I'm learning a few words now. I would also like to learn Gaelic. German seems to come easily to me though having heard it at home. I think Gaelic will be more of a challenge, but it is nice that there are sites where you can learn languages free. I took Latin and Spanish in school because those were the 2 languages offerred at the time. I haven't tried to look them up on the web yet.

February 21, 2006
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what is yours?

February 22, 2006
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I am an American...with a mix of Irish, English and French.

February 22, 2006
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I am also an American but not born in this country. I am Europeon. I was born in Europe and so were both of my parents.

February 22, 2006
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I am a South African - The Rainbow nation -

Born here

February 22, 2006
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American... my ancestors slept with everybody apparently.

February 22, 2006
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I am american - but I call myself a heinz 57 MUTT -

my great grandma was hungarian, my grandfather was irish, my great grandmother and grandfather were german - but when I traced my roots back - my surname that I have is based in England - with some scottish and french roots - and I am related (thru the root system) to william the conquerer and king henry - and other nobility....I think my grandma said there was some cherokee indian in us somewhere.

If anything, I have alot of german and hungarian traits! (stubborn, thick headed gypsy!)

February 22, 2006
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ginger-lol:) everybody?

February 22, 2006
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Yeah... Lithuanian, Austrian, Polish, Blackfoot Indian, French, English...

So pretty much, I'm a lousy cook who likes her wine a little bit too much and cannot live without her carbs.

At least I gave up smoking.

February 22, 2006
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Hey, ginger, are you my alter ego?!

English, Irish, French, Ukrainian ... also hate cooking ... also love my red wines ... also need loads of carbs ... also recently gave up smoking!!!!! Snap!

BB - gazelle.

February 22, 2006
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Oi, ipw & guppy --- ?? Fair's fair!
What sort of 'European', Kathy? It's a big, mixed-bag continent ...

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