Have u ever had ur family tree charted?.....

  • TannerMasseur

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    Nov 04, 2013 2:57 AM GMT
    Do u have a chart of ur family tree? How far back does it go? Anyone have any interesting anecdotes about their ancestors or come from a famous lineage that's in the history books?.....
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    Nov 04, 2013 3:39 AM GMT
    Tanner saidDo u have a chart of ur family tree? How far back does it go?[/qoute]

    Yes, and i have to check again

    [quote][cite]Tanner said[/cite]Anyone have any interesting anecdotes about their ancestors or come from a famous lineage that's in the history books?.....


    Yes i do have a famous person in my family.... or more like a distant cousin who shares a great great great grandparent with me, however i will not say the name because i share the last name as well and would like to keep my life somewhat private.

    But i can tell you its a male and he dosent know i exist lol

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    Nov 04, 2013 3:43 AM GMT
    I live in a country made by immigrants so I can only go back 3 generations. But I know all the towns in Italy where my mother and father's grandparents were born (sister visited one of these towns and said there were lots of -insert my last name- in the local graveyard), and I also have 1 great grandparent from Egypt and another from France but I dont know from which towns/cities exactly. I don't have any famous people in my family as far as I know.
  • Apparition

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    Nov 04, 2013 4:03 AM GMT
    kinda got ane EWW moment when one of the branches on grandmas side matched one of the branches on grandpas side.

    great aunts brother in law invented styrofoam...was kinda neat
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    Nov 04, 2013 4:09 AM GMT
    I've tracked my family back to about 1492 England (Jasper Riddlesdale). I am also a direct descendent of one of the Salem witches (Sarah Wildes) that was hung. That made it a lot easier on my research since there is so much is out there on that.
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    Nov 04, 2013 4:11 AM GMT
    CopperDevil said
    Tanner saidDo u have a chart of ur family tree? How far back does it go?[/qoute]

    Yes, and i have to check again

    [quote][cite]Tanner said[/cite]Anyone have any interesting anecdotes about their ancestors or come from a famous lineage that's in the history books?.....


    Yes i do have a famous person in my family.... or more like a distant cousin who shares a great great great grandparent with me, however i will not say the name because i share the last name as well and would like to keep my life somewhat private.

    But i can tell you its a male and he dosent know i exist lol



    Hmmm, u got my curiosity piqued icon_smile.gif .....
  • TannerMasseur

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    Nov 04, 2013 4:11 AM GMT
    Apparition saidkinda got ane EWW moment when one of the branches on grandmas side matched one of the branches on grandpas side.

    great aunts brother in law invented styrofoam...was kinda neat


    Cool icon_smile.gif
  • TannerMasseur

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    Nov 04, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
    strokeme220 saidI've tracked my family back to about 1492 England (Jasper Riddlesdale). I am also a direct descendent of one of the Salem witches (Sarah Wildes) that was hung. That made it a lot easier on my research since there is so much is out there on that.


    Neat icon_smile.gif
  • TannerMasseur

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    Nov 04, 2013 4:17 AM GMT
    My Mom's great uncle ran for President of The Philippines but got assassinated. And my cousin just married a niece of the Marcos family the other year.
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    Nov 04, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
    Oh shit. Thanks for reminding me I need to go over to Mom's apartment and cancel that ripoff genealogy site that charges her $300 a year.

    I can trace some branches back about five generations. (There are that many buried here on the farm.) Beyond that, it gets too fractal. Aren't we all one family at that level?

    One of my grandmother's sisters went so far as to go to the village in Scotland where her great-grandfather was born and copied a whole bunch of generations out of the notes in the big bible in the church there. If I ever had a copy of that, I lost it though. And that's just one little sliver.

    Which reminds me of a funny genealogy story. Years ago, one of my Dad's cousins was passing around a manuscript that she wrote. She thought it was very important. An oral history of the stuff that our family went through on the American frontier that she copied down from stories that her great grandma had heard, evenings, sitting around the fire. *cough* *cough* While it may very well be true that her GGma heard those stories... they were written by James Fenimore Cooper. icon_rolleyes.gif I had to be the bad guy and tell her to stop pestering the publishers.
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    Nov 04, 2013 5:04 AM GMT
    how the heck do you people track your family tree back to 1400 or 1600??!
  • TannerMasseur

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    Nov 04, 2013 5:06 AM GMT
    Aristoshark saidYes, on my father's side we've traced it back to 1648. Twin brothers in Mainz, Germany. The Thirty Years' War had just ended, and the peasants were celebrating in their usual way, by slaughtering Jews. So the twins, to save their families, each made a different decision. One picked his family up and moved east, to what is now Latvia. Most of us are descended from him. The other converted to Catholicism and remained where they were. In the 1700s, the Catholic family became wealthy landowners and overlords, while the Latvian family grew large. In the 1800s, the Catholic family were raised to the aristocracy, and the Latvian family, escaping Russian anti-Semitism, split into two parts. One part went to Philadelphia, the other to Montreal. I am descended from the Montreal side---my dad grew up there. The Catholic family in the 1930s became Nazis. They had no idea they were related to or descended from Jews.

    On my dad's mother's side, her uncle married an African-American woman (their name was Flack) and Roberta Flack is a cousin (third, I think, or second once removed).

    My grandmother's maiden name was Amsterdam, and the comic Morey Amsterdam (from the "Dick van Dyke Show") was a cousin. Their great- great- great- (x about six) grandfather was the chief rabbi of Amsterdam (hence the surname) in Rembrandt's day. Rembrandt painted his portrait, which is now in the Jewish Museum in Amsterdam.


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  • TannerMasseur

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    Nov 04, 2013 5:07 AM GMT
    David3000 saidhow the heck do you people track your family tree back to 1400 or 1600??!


    It's possible, long's records were kept that u can trace back icon_smile.gif .....
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    Nov 04, 2013 5:08 AM GMT
    Tanner said
    David3000 saidhow the heck do you people track your family tree back to 1400 or 1600??!


    It's possible, long's records were kept that u can trace back icon_smile.gif .....


    and where do you look for them?
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    Nov 04, 2013 5:12 AM GMT
    David3000 said
    Tanner said
    David3000 saidhow the heck do you people track your family tree back to 1400 or 1600??!


    It's possible, long's records were kept that u can trace back icon_smile.gif .....


    and where do you look for them?


    If you can trace an ancestor back to a village in europe... The churches kept records. All written down in the back pages of the bible. Nobody traveled. Everyone was severely inbred. Records go back as far as the time the church was built.
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    Nov 04, 2013 5:12 AM GMT
    David3000 said
    Tanner said
    David3000 saidhow the heck do you people track your family tree back to 1400 or 1600??!


    It's possible, long's records were kept that u can trace back icon_smile.gif .....


    where do you look for them?


    Google Genealogy.com or YourFamilyTree.com or Ancestry.com or MyHeritage.com to start icon_smile.gif .....
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    Nov 04, 2013 5:19 AM GMT
    ok thanks
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    Nov 04, 2013 5:19 AM GMT
    Those sites are scams, stealing money from old people. icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 04, 2013 5:53 AM GMT
    Riddlesdale, Jasper (~1490 - >1552) - male
    b. ABT 1490 in Boxford, Suffolk, England
    d. AFT 29 AUG 1552 in Boxford, Suffolk, England
    father: Riddlesdale, ?

    His activities are traced in Boxford Churchwardens' Accounts 1530-1561 (Peter Northeast, ed., Suffolk Records Society, 23[1982]) and are summarized on page 90 of that work. Jasper Riddlesdale, husbandman, was a churchwarden of Boxford in 1542-3 and 1547-8 (p.90). During the period 1540 to 1550, he was paid various sums for loads of straw, clay, gravel, and for carriage of lead to the church -- 2d. in 1547 (p.51). These must have been for repair of church property, the lead certainly for the church roof. In 1541 he helped to organize a church ale [a money-making social gathering involving the provision of food, drink, and entertainment] (p.35). In 1548 he bought a blue linen cloth from the church for 2s. (p.52). He also received rent money from the church for the church house -- one penny in 1544 (p.44). He rented a "town howse" at Hagmer from the church, at one time owing 12s. rent (p.54). According to his will, he had sisters Agnes, Christine Egle and Margery Scott.


    This is as far back as I could get. And to answer David3000's question, since I had an historical ancestor (Salem witch), much was already researched for me, making it a lot easier. But, I did have to trace back to her. I went to Boston, where my grandmother was from and started researching records at the court house and the geneaological society.
  • Webster666

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    Nov 04, 2013 7:27 AM GMT
    If you want to do your own research, go to rootsweb.com
    Then, click on WorldConnect Project
    It has tons of information, but it mostly covers only people of European decent. And, it only lists dead people.

    I have traced some of my ancestors back to the 1500's, but some family lines, I can't get past my great grandfather. It all depends on whether living members of your family have entered the information that they know into the web site.

    In my family there was nobody famous nor notorious. A handful of men in each of the American wars. Lots of farmers. Most of us came from England or Ireland or Germany.

    My family name comes from England. We landed in New York State in 1673.
  • TannerMasseur

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    Nov 04, 2013 7:44 AM GMT
    It's interesting reading member's posts who've done research on their family tree icon_smile.gif .....
  • Apparition

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    Nov 04, 2013 8:34 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidThose sites are scams, stealing money from old people. icon_sad.gif


    yet another mormon issue...lol.
  • TannerMasseur

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    Nov 04, 2013 10:18 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidIf you want to do your own research, go to rootsweb.com
    Then, click on WorldConnect Project
    It has tons of information, but it mostly covers only people of European decent. And, it only lists dead people.

    I have traced some of my ancestors back to the 1500's, but some family lines, I can't get past my great grandfather. It all depends on whether living members of your family have entered the information that they know into the web site.

    In my family there was nobody famous nor notorious. A handful of men in each of the American wars. Lots of farmers. Most of us came from England or Ireland or Germany.

    My family name comes from England. We landed in New York State in 1673.


    Rootsweb.com
  • KepaArg

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    Nov 04, 2013 10:56 AM GMT
    Not to my entire family, but I did go to Sapporo to get a copy of my family koseki.

    I also have records of my grandfathers side in France.

    From my dads side only Argentina and family stories.
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    Nov 04, 2013 11:25 AM GMT
    These stories are fascinating! I could read them all day. I only know as far back as my great grandparent's generation, all of whom came from Europe around 100 years ago, either Ukraine (jews) or Italy. Beyond that, God Only Knows. A friend of mine is supposed to be descended from John Adams.