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  •  We Are All Made of Stars (2+ / 0-)
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    fenway49, mrkvica

    I think these stories are the rule rather than the exception. Since one's number of ancestors -- well, theoretically -- grows by a power of 2 every generation, the further back you go, the more diversity among antecedents.

    The exception is when you are a family like the Windsor's. Queen Elizabeth's grandmother was Prince Phillip's mother's sister. In such extreme cases, your number of ancestors might actually decrease as you go back in recent time. Eek.

    But for most of us, I think, diversity is the rule.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 04:58:19 AM PST

    •  It's true (1+ / 0-)
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      Tracing this back a few generations I'm looking at hundreds of ancestors, and that's just from one great-grandfather, which is 1/8 of my total ancestry. Unfortunately I've not been able to go back as far on the other branches. Ireland, like so many places, was populated by all sorts of people if you go back far enough. We had one family come from the north of County Derry and they tell me the name originally was Norse. Other "Irish" in my family were originally Welsh. Who knows?

      The "Boston Irish" immigrant was a socially constructed culture that developed as people formed a community in their new home. In my family people from wildly different parts of Ireland, who likely never would have met had they stayed there, lived next door to each other in the USA and married each other.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 08:15:46 AM PST

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