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    May 13, 2014 4:08 PM GMT
    Its awesome seeing my great grandfathers picture yesterday. What was also awesome was seeing my other great grand mom who was a white woman. I love being mixed. She was so beautiful.
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    May 13, 2014 4:17 PM GMT
    I've been fortunate enough to have an RJ member do my ancestry. I know he went way back to the 1500's. So awesome!
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    May 13, 2014 4:26 PM GMT
    Once I have the money, I'd like to trace back my ancestry to see what it is, and how much I am white and Semitic.
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    May 13, 2014 5:17 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI've been fortunate enough to have an RJ member do my ancestry. I know he went way back to the 1500's. So awesome!


    Are u serious
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    May 13, 2014 5:48 PM GMT
    Check out ancestory.com - Good resource for someone interested in genealogy.
    My mother is a genealogist and has traced our family line back to the early 1300's. Apparently relatives on my mothers side, still own the original castle over in Ireland. Its quite interesting to see what and who you are related to.
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    May 13, 2014 5:56 PM GMT
    typo *ancestry.com
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    May 13, 2014 6:44 PM GMT
    Another good place for information and help is the Mormons. If you live in a city, one or more of the Mormon churches probably has a family history center. They don't try and convert you or proselytize although you may need to watch a 5 minute video the first time (easily ignored unless you're spiritually adrift).
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    May 13, 2014 6:47 PM GMT
    We've traced my father's family as far back as 1648, but no farther.
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    May 13, 2014 6:52 PM GMT
    crazyrunnerguy saidCheck out ancestory.com - Good resource for someone interested in genealogy.
    My mother is a genealogist and has traced our family line back to the early 1300's. Apparently relatives on my mothers side, still own the original castle over in Ireland. Its quite interesting to see what and who you are related to.



    I tried that website. They want you to pay for it. And i don't the the money for it.

    I know someone said that we are related to James earl Jones but I have no idea if that's true. On my fathers side one of our ancestors was engaged to John Wanamaker. Because she was a passer. Passer is someone light enough to pass for white.

    Also its harder for people with black ancestral roots to trace far because their names were changed.
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    May 13, 2014 7:02 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidAnother good place for information and help is the Mormons. If you live in a city, one or more of the Mormon churches probably has a family history center. They don't try and convert you or proselytize although you may need to watch a 5 minute video the first time (easily ignored unless you're spiritually adrift).


    My mother is LDS (Mormon) and she is always helpful to non-members. She is helping several Swedish Lutheran churches local in our community back home with some genealogy work now.

    I'm sorry about ancestry.com having to pay for it. It is a great resource. You could try familysearch.org. This is the website most LDS/Mormons use. It is quite helpful as well.
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    May 13, 2014 7:03 PM GMT
    azariah1982 saidAlso its harder for people with black ancestral roots to trace far because their names were changed.

    And there's a brick wall at the point where they were brought over as slaves.

    It's weird to think about that when those of us of European descent can go way back using records in Europe.
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    May 13, 2014 7:16 PM GMT
    crazyrunnerguy saidCheck out ancestory.com - Good resource for someone interested in genealogy.
    My mother is a genealogist and has traced our family line back to the early 1300's. Apparently relatives on my mothers side, still own the original castle over in Ireland. Its quite interesting to see what and who you are related to.

    This is a good resource if you're serious about doing the research because you're paying for the access. I've traced some of mine back to the 1600s with help of family, libraries at the Mormon temple, and the US Census data. It's so exciting finding someone that fits into a family and connecting it back to your own. Fun hobby!!
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    May 13, 2014 9:07 PM GMT
    Im also interested in my Caucasian side of family. I know that would go back further.

    Her name was Catherine Moore her husband name is Benjamin Moore. To me he looks mixed with Indian.

    I wish I knew my moms dad because he died when I was a toddler.
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    May 13, 2014 10:00 PM GMT
    my tree goes back to about 2000 years. what is mostly surprising is that this is an accumulation of only 47 ancestors. you'd think it is in the hundreds.

    a good few families here can trace back this far.
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    May 13, 2014 10:17 PM GMT
    azariah1982 said
    crazyrunnerguy saidCheck out ancestory.com - Good resource for someone interested in genealogy.
    My mother is a genealogist and has traced our family line back to the early 1300's. Apparently relatives on my mothers side, still own the original castle over in Ireland. Its quite interesting to see what and who you are related to.



    I tried that website. They want you to pay for it. And i don't the the money for it.

    I know someone said that we are related to James earl Jones but I have no idea if that's true. On my fathers side one of our ancestors was engaged to John Wanamaker. Because she was a passer. Passer is someone light enough to pass for white.

    Also its harder for people with black ancestral roots to trace far because their names were changed.


    This is true. Especially for those who remained when knowledge of ancestry was word of mouth. Past my great grandparents, I'm at a lost and only one is alive today. Wish I could know my legacy but maybe its a sign that a new one is to start.
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    May 13, 2014 10:30 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI've been fortunate enough to have an RJ member do my ancestry. I know he went way back to the 1500's. So awesome!



    who was it?
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    May 14, 2014 3:20 AM GMT
    Yeah who was it
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    May 14, 2014 4:50 AM GMT
    Sweetooth saidOnce I have the money, I'd like to trace back my ancestry to see what it is, and how much I am white and Semitic.


    It's easy to do, for free.
    Rootsweb.com is a GREAT resource.
    When you get there, click on WorldConnect, then enter your grandparent's or great grandparent's name, and go from there.

    BTW, most of the info seems to be from people with European ancestry.
    And, only the names of dead people will come up.

    And, it's FREE.
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    May 14, 2014 5:04 AM GMT
    Not only do you not need money and can do it yourself, you could end up doing a better job by doing it yourself. Unscrupulous genealogists can cook up a family tree quite easily. It was a thriving business at one point. It was especially lucrative if they threw in some European lord or aristocrat. ("I think you might have an earl in your background; for an additional $NNN I can track that down.")

    When you do it yourself you'll find out that it's not simply a matter of connecting the dots; there are lots of fuzzy areas and areas where mistakes can easily be made. For example, you could have two brothers, Jack Johnson and Jim Johnson, they live in different states. They each have sons and they both name their son after their father, the sons' grandfather, so the sons' names are both Ezra Clarence Johnson. They don't know that they've both given their sons the same name because it's before telephone and telegraph and rarely write to each other. Years later when they're adults the two Ezras move to the same area; at this point things get messy trying to figure out which Ezra the records are talking about. Or, it could be a father names his son the same name as his. Or, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington were popular first and middle names, so you could have brothers our cousins with those names that have the same last name.
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    May 14, 2014 5:10 AM GMT
    crazyrunnerguy saidYou could try familysearch.org. This is the website most LDS/Mormons use. It is quite helpful as well.

    Yes, the Mormons have a lot of stuff. Probably most of the stuff that's been digitized and computerized was done by them, all volunteers. And the stuff that's not in the computer they'll probably have on microfilm or microfiche. Just go there and ask.
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    May 14, 2014 5:13 AM GMT
    I was able to trace back to 1492. I am a direct descendent of one of the Salem witches, which made my research a lot easier because so much has been written about that.
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    May 14, 2014 5:14 AM GMT
    owl_bundy saidwhat if your family is from one of those countries that aren't that advanced where the records might not be readily available or you don't have any living relatives that could put the pieces to figure out the family tree? icon_sad.gif have a more likely chance to trace my mother's roots but my father.... hell.... i don't even know IF my father's name is really his name. icon_neutral.gif hell.. dude tells so much stories and makes up so much shit that for all i know.. he might not even be jamaican and he could be from africa, america or somewhere else, living a lie especially after what my uncle's ex wife said about his ass. icon_lol.gif she may have said those things out of spite due to the drama that was going on BUT the nature of the guy he is... wouldn't dismiss it.

    Again, the Mormon family history center is probably your best bet. They have lots of stuff for helping you find your ancestors in other countries. There could be church records for baptisms and other stuff.
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    May 14, 2014 5:27 AM GMT
    owl_bundy saidthey got mormons in jamaica though? icon_lol.gif really???

    The Mormons went there and copied the records. They're fanatics about genealogy.
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    Sep 03, 2014 12:43 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI've been fortunate enough to have an RJ member do my ancestry. I know he went way back to the 1500's. So awesome!


    Who was he
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    Sep 03, 2014 2:28 AM GMT
    Been doing this for many years. Got my family back to the 1600's.

    Amazing how much fucking went on. We only have a couple of kids these days. These folk had up to 13 kids, just to ... well have fun ... but to survive.

    Many women died in childbirth. Multiple marriages were common.

    Just a different world. They wouldn't even think of the word "gay"

    Tommy