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Re: Genealogy & Family History
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2010, 01:12:33 AM »

being adopted, i have no idea where to even start looking for history.....
At the risk of stating the obvious: your adoption records.  In many states (dunno about AL
specifically) the regulations slant waaaaay toward "mother's privacy", which can make for
a real headache getting past that first hurdle, but it's generally not-impossible.

There are myriad "support groups" and online research-helpers...  Some are useful, some are
useless, and some are just scammers trying to get you to pay for "research services"...
been there; done that; i'm on a couple of search lists and i even have my own 'search angel.'  i know my birth mother's name and my original name and so on; it is a matter of finding a person, right now.  my state is louisiana, however, which is considered one of the 'difficult' ones, so my forged birth certificate is the only one i am allowed to see.  alabama actually has unsealed the records, probably ten years ago, but i wasnt adopted here.
Follow-up thought and amendment to my original answer:
All right, genetics is all interesting and wonderful, but upon consideration, aren't the people
who actually raised you, and the people who made them who they are (or were, whichever)
more relevant?

To heck with the sperm and egg donors, find out about your family.
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Re: Genealogy & Family History
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2010, 01:26:48 AM »

My grandparents on my Dad's side had our family tree done a couple of years ago. It was very interesting. It turned out that my Nan's father had 3 other wives and 7 children as well as her and her brother spread out between England, Ireland and Australia. It seems that when he got sick of one wife he would just move away and find a new one. We think he only stayed with my great grandmother because he was in his late 40's when they met and married and he got sick not too long after that.

My mum's family tree just has an awful lot of "father unknown" all over it. Makes it kind of hard to track relatives down when half the picture is missing - I can't imagine how hard it would be if you didn't have any of the picture.




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Re: Genealogy & Family History
« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2010, 03:03:10 AM »

We're Irish.  All of us.  As far back as anybody cares to look (1600's, about).  That's about all we got.
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Re: Genealogy & Family History
« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2010, 07:03:41 AM »

I'm Irish. lol obvs. But, it's quite hard to find family trees online for Irish families because I suspect no one has bothered to input data from censuses (censi??). So it's a real library job, but unfortunately the library in my town isn't very good.

I know back to great grandmothers on both sides. I've heard stories about one of my dad's gran-aunts being on the Titanic, my great grandfather being directly involved in the civil war and things like. There was also a scandal surrounding my grandfather's father where he left and fathered other children out of wedlock. In 1930s Catholic Ireland that was a huge deal.

Unfortunately I didn't get interested enough in this before my grandfathers, who know most of the stuff, passed away. So I don't really have anyone to ask.
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Re: Genealogy & Family History
« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2010, 10:37:25 AM »

being adopted, i have no idea where to even start looking for history.....
At the risk of stating the obvious: your adoption records.  In many states (dunno about AL
specifically) the regulations slant waaaaay toward "mother's privacy", which can make for
a real headache getting past that first hurdle, but it's generally not-impossible.

There are myriad "support groups" and online research-helpers...  Some are useful, some are
useless, and some are just scammers trying to get you to pay for "research services"...
been there; done that; i'm on a couple of search lists and i even have my own 'search angel.'  i know my birth mother's name and my original name and so on; it is a matter of finding a person, right now.  my state is louisiana, however, which is considered one of the 'difficult' ones, so my forged birth certificate is the only one i am allowed to see.  alabama actually has unsealed the records, probably ten years ago, but i wasnt adopted here.
Follow-up thought and amendment to my original answer:
All right, genetics is all interesting and wonderful, but upon consideration, aren't the people
who actually raised you, and the people who made them who they are (or were, whichever)
more relevant?

To heck with the sperm and egg donors, find out about your family.
i already know about their genealogy; more than i could ever hope to, from many points of view, all the way back to the old countries and further.  also the family that adopted and raised me started hacking itself to pieces when i was about age eight.  i'd kind of like to know about the teenager who was forced by her own family to go to a 'home' and give up custody, or whatever, but that's pretty much the commonplace story from the particular adoption company i came from.

don't get me wrong, i am not an anti-adoption advocate (there are many and some of them are pretty rabid) but i'm also pretty committed to getting ahold of my actual kin, if possible.  plus, i just plain don't like being told, 'no.'  especially when it pertains to records with my name on them.
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Re: Genealogy & Family History
« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2010, 11:16:19 AM »

My ancestors have moved to Turkey from Crimea 80-90 years ago. So they're Tataric. But i don't know if any other blood's ringing in my veins. Maybe some Russian but i don't think so, it seems that i'm totally Turkish.
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Re: Genealogy & Family History
« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2010, 11:42:39 PM »

Awesome stuff. A friend of my dad's (who I later learned was actually a cousin; in big families you're always finding new cousins) compiled one of those for my father's side of the family. I found it really interesting, and tried to do the same for my mother's side, but then I found out that all paper records literally stop at my great-grandmother, who apparently left a gypsy clan in Hungary to marry my great-grandfather. They lived there for a few months, but her family was angry about the union, so they moved to Belgium and lived there for a few years, had their first two children, then my great-grandfather came to Pennsylvania and made illegal moonshine to make enough money to bring the rest of the family over, and a year or two after that my grandmother was born.

Long story short, the most that I've gathered is that my ancestors were apparently homicidal gypsies, and built their life in this country on illegal alcohol and crime.

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Re: Genealogy & Family History
« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2010, 12:34:26 AM »


Long story short, the most that I've gathered is that my ancestors were apparently free spirits, unfettered by outside desires and expectations...

...and built their life in this country on free enterprise.

It's the American Dream!
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Re: Genealogy & Family History
« Reply #23 on: April 10, 2010, 03:22:38 AM »

I'm a Mexican. That's all.
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Re: Genealogy & Family History
« Reply #24 on: April 25, 2010, 03:37:46 AM »

Paternally: I found out my great grandpa was a preacher in Maine. Odd. My name "Morrill" has been in America since it came here from either England or Ireland in the 1600's.(depends on the branch)

I;m also related to this civil war general: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gouverneur_K._Warren

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