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DrCarpenter November 11th, 2019 4:16am

Were all of your great-grandparents born in the US (or the territory of modern-day US)?

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catpillow Florida West Coast
11/11/19 7:31 pm

Just on my mother's side. My dads side were Danish.

desolatia Oregon
11/11/19 7:15 pm

Paternal great grandparents—one set from Mexico, and one set from Germany.

11/11/19 7:03 pm

No, came from Germany in the 1890’s.

ladyniner81 extremists are a cancer
11/11/19 3:49 pm

Mom's side, Ireland
Dad's side, Poland and Prussia

ladyniner81 extremists are a cancer
11/11/19 3:54 pm

Correction. My dad's side;
Grandfather: Poland and Prussia
Grandmother: she traced her family all the way back to the Revolutionary War.

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
11/11/19 9:47 am

Adopted-yes. Biological-none of them.

FitzDarcy Tre46on
11/11/19 5:07 am

Yes we've been here since 1800..LONG before Ellis Island

phalnx Ohio
11/11/19 4:47 am

I'm pretty sure the majority of them weren't. Anyone asks me for reparations, I'll tell 'em we had nothing to do with it...we were too busy killing Turks.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
11/11/19 3:06 am

No. They were born throughout central, eastern, and Southern Europe

VivaLaFalange Vive il Duce
11/11/19 12:11 am

Dad’s side, yes. Mom’s was Czechloslovakian and German

tdaddy Kentucky
11/10/19 11:45 pm

Mom’s side all USA. Dad’s parents and everyone on his side were Sicilian.

ShakaBrah California
11/10/19 10:19 pm

Two came from the Philippines and I think the other two came from Japan.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
11/10/19 10:09 pm

Nope. I’m first generation American. Whole family was filled with immigrants, mostly from Germany and Italy.

susanr Colorado
11/10/19 9:58 pm

I think so, so I voted yes, but I’m not absolutely positive. I know all my grandparents were born here. The earliest was my dad’s dad, whose birthday it is today, in fact. He was born on 11/10/1876. But there are a couple of the great-grandparents that I’m not positive about, and there’s no one left to ask except my brother (who doesn’t know) and our cousins on my dad’s side.


DrCarpenter Ann Arbor
11/10/19 10:03 pm

Have you ever used It’s quite helpful for finding some basic information, such as dates of death and birth, full names, marriages and children, and locations of births and deaths.

I’m currently doing a two-week free trial and I’ve managed to trace nearly all of my lines back to 200 years ago within a half day’s work.

susanr Colorado
11/10/19 10:33 pm

Not really - I think I used it very briefly when it was pretty new, for a similar trial period, but I didn’t do much with it.

That’s a very good idea, though; thanks for reminding me of it! I don’t have time to do a good job of it right now, but I’ll make it a project for later.

A couple of my aunts on my dad’s side put together a “family history” thing, but I don’t remember how far it goes back. And my dad researched at least one side of his family to qualify for Sons of the American Revolution. We had an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War, and he traced that one back to his origin in England. I have the material my dad submitted around here somewhere.


FitzDarcy Tre46on
11/11/19 5:18 am

Yes Dr. What most fail to realize that started early 80's and people used it as a family tree maker and they use all that info over 30 years later for people now to build their Geneology. When I used it back then there was absolutely NO information on any relative of mine, I spent a lot of time researching other websites to compile my tree. Cyndi's List was by far the most helpful with massive lists of known and proven links to other countries birth & death certificates, ship information, details on how and why surnames changed when emigrating to America or even before. Back then it was a huge undertaking.thousands of hours of work when now all you do on Ancestry is click a couple buttons. Many people have the very hard work of others to thank for their now newfound family information.

DrCarpenter Ann Arbor
11/11/19 5:44 am

Fitz - I’m well aware of how ancestry works and why there are so much information on there now. My great uncle has an extremely developed family tree that he’s been working on for decades and can be thanked for the knowledge that I have now and was able access from his tree.
That said, there’s nothing wrong with accessing that information. Perhaps I’m reading too much into your comment, but it seems you’re a little upset that it’s so easy to do now, when you had to work for it once upon a time. I don’t understand that. The whole point of it is that it’s shared history.


imanag My heaven on Earth
11/10/19 9:48 pm

All of my great-grandparents were born in the U.S., but three were not. Two were born in Switzerland and one in Norway.

11/10/19 9:44 pm

No, just one, a from a German farming family in Western Pennsylvania. The others came from Sicily, Umbria, and Poland.

JulesVerne Live long, and prosper
11/11/19 10:58 am

We might be cousins then! Some of my ancestors were German and Swiss who settled in Pennsylvania

11/11/19 11:01 am

Do you know where in PA they lived??? Mine are from the northeast, in the Erie area!

JulesVerne Live long, and prosper
11/11/19 12:31 pm

Nope, I don’t. My bunch left PA after a while and settled in Missouri, so I don’t know much about them before that

HBNY this space for rent
11/10/19 9:42 pm

No. One in Brazil to Italian parents. One in Naples Italy. Two in New Brunswick, Canada. Two in New York City. One in Germany. One in another part of Italy.