Tell us one bit of interesting family history

  • sbwlguy

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    Jun 06, 2012 10:45 PM GMT
    My grandfather was a German jew who flew from Berlin to Cape Town during the Holocaust. The other brother flew to Los Angeles. The third brother wasn't so lucky. He died in a gaschamber at Auschwitz.
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    Jun 06, 2012 10:47 PM GMT
    Is this a ploy to uncover more about me through psychological observation? If not, I'm sure someone will... ooh, this could be fun. I'll just say the things I want you to know!
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    Jun 06, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
    On my father's side of the family, my first recorded ancestor was a "General" in the early Tang Dynasty in China.
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    Jun 06, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
    In America my family has a long establish history, with State parks named after us, a town in Texas and one in Mississippi too, roads streets and Avenues named after us too. We even had a Democratic Governoricon_redface.gif

    Now that just one side of the family tree in America.
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    Jun 07, 2012 12:22 AM GMT
    There's the good side and the bad side haha.

    On my Dad's side, my family hopped off the boat from Poland to escape Soviet expansion in the early 20th century. My grandfather was an ambassador/translator for President Kennedy and my great uncle was Chaplain of the House of Representatives for the Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II administrations.

    On my Mom's side, the most interesting thing was that while my great, great grandfather was on his death bed we were rummaging through his stuff (Yeah, I knew him... in Mississippi everyone had babies at like 16 so the generations are more compact)... and what we discovered was a big old Wizard outfit. Turned out he was a Cyclops or Demilich (or whatever Dungeons & Dragons name they give themselves) in the KKK.

    His funeral was sparsely attended.
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    Jun 07, 2012 12:24 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidOn my father's side of the family, my first recorded ancestor was a "General" in the early Tang Dynasty in China.

    That's so great.
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    Jun 07, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    My Great Great Great (I don't know how many Greats) Grandfather was the the Mayor of NYC during the Civil War. The first Republican Mayor of NYC.

    Let the RJ Politicos Have a field day with THAT one.

    He was also instrumental in the election of Abraham Lincoln as President.

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    Jun 07, 2012 12:28 AM GMT
    Nothing interest to report on my family tree.
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    Jun 07, 2012 12:28 AM GMT
    My grandfather on my moms side won a FDNY Medal Of Honor in 1956. I think he was stationed in Harlem.

    Ciro Perrone (capo of the Genovese family) was my great uncle lol. He died at age 90 a few months back. I don't keep in touch with that side of the family, and I'm sure there's more I don't know about that particular subject.
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    Jun 07, 2012 12:32 AM GMT
    hmmm well my Dad's side of the family is all Icelandic and so apparently one of my ancestors was quite the world explorer... there is a statue of him in a town just outside of Reykjavík

    that's not that interesting though actually... I think the *most* interesting is that on my Mom's side (she's British) one of my relatives was a traitor who flew for the Japanese Air Force in WWII icon_confused.gif He was shot down and killed. I forget his name but I do recall hearing this tidbit of news and my Mom and her siblings were kind of shocked and appalled. He isn't talked about - ever.
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    Jun 07, 2012 12:32 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidNothing interest to report on my family tree.


    LIES!!!!!

    Spill it Bitch!!!!

    Yer like an episode of Dynasty -- Big Hair...Big Jewels....LOTS of cruelty....and a secret that NOBODY sees coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Jun 07, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    One of my grandfathers participated in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
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    Jun 07, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    Cash said
    Ariodante saidNothing interest to report on my family tree.


    LIES!!!!!

    Spill it Bitch!!!!

    Yer like an episode of Dynasty -- Big Hair...Big Jewels....LOTS of cruelty....and a secret that NOBODY sees coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    Watch it Crystal. I told you there's nothing, to report. And if you don't want a repeat of last year's Newport Beach summer party incident I'd stop asking questions. Now let's you and I go and drink lunch.
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    Jun 07, 2012 12:36 AM GMT
    Two weeks after my great-grandparents married, my great grandmother's father married my great-grandfather's sister. [Confusing? Imagine that right after Prince William and Kate Middleton got married, Prince Charles had married Pippa Middleton. Just like that, 'cept in the Ozarks, with less jewelry.]

    And then my great-grandfather's sister (who was now also his step-mother-in-law) admitted that her new husband was the father of her 8-year-old son. When that son died without a will 75 years later, it took 5 years to sort out the kinship degrees of his relatives to distribute his estate.
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    Jun 07, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    My mothers ancestors were Aztecs and my fathers ancestors were Spaniards...can you guess what happened? The results are a green eyed mix of Conquistador and Aztec warrior!
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    Jun 07, 2012 12:40 AM GMT
    my mom's side of the family can be traced back to the 1700s in Italy. Back then our surname was "Carlini"
  • Just_Tim

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    Jun 07, 2012 12:44 AM GMT
    My last name suggests I'm Italian, but it's actually a Philippine name that is ACTUALLY an adopted name that got passed down to me from my great grandfather...
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    Jun 07, 2012 12:48 AM GMT
    Mom's mom is Russian, his father is German them both fled to south America. My grandpa's uncle was a SS member (nothing to be proud of).
    Dad's dad is from Italy his last name is Ferrari. And his mom is from Spain and they both fled to south America. And I was born in Texas! Ain't that something.
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    Jun 07, 2012 12:48 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    Cash said
    Ariodante saidNothing interest to report on my family tree.


    LIES!!!!!

    Spill it Bitch!!!!

    Yer like an episode of Dynasty -- Big Hair...Big Jewels....LOTS of cruelty....and a secret that NOBODY sees coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    Watch it Crystal. I told you there's nothing, to report. And if you don't want a repeat of last year's Newport Beach summer party incident I'd stop asking questions. Now let's you and I go and drink lunch.


    As long as we go and drink lunch...fine.

    BUT -- I have an EXTRA set of shoulder pads on...and I just slung some sorta dead animal over one shoulder while smoking a color cooridanated Sobranie cigarette (no one on here has any IDEA what I am talking about right now) and am GLARING at you from beneath a very carefully dipped hat brim.

    You shall RUE the day you castigated a Carrington-Colby!!!!!
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    Jun 07, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    I'm Armenian... icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 07, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    My great-grandfather was not "processed" at Ellis Island, where he snuck past immigration officials and evaded police. He later moved to Wisconsin and began farming. Friggen illegals!!!
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    Jun 07, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidMy great-grandfather was not "processed" at Ellis Island, where he snuck past immigration officials and evaded police. He later moved to Wisconsin and began farming. Friggen illegals!!!


    Damn Wisconsin wet-backs comin' over here takin' MY job!!!!

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  • Splendidus_1

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    Jun 07, 2012 1:07 AM GMT
    My great great great great great grandmother had a baby - my great great great great grandmother. Or maybe it was my great great great great grandfather... icon_eek.gif

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    I should be studying for finals *sigh*
  • Timbales

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    Jun 07, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    My grandmother and grandfather were married and had two girls, my mom and my aunt, before he died in the service. A few years later, my grandmother married his brother, and they had four sons. So my mom's brothers are technically her half-brothers and half-cousins.

  • Musicman91

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    Jun 07, 2012 1:16 AM GMT
    I'm related to Grover Cleveland, Ulysses S. Grant and Judy Garland.