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  •  Also Irish (3+ / 0-)

    After doing my geneology I found that almost all my ancestors were refugees of some sort.

    Many fled Ireland during The Famine, or after a late 17th Century rebellion failed.
    One fled Germany after the 1848 Revolution failed.
    One fled Russia after being drafted into the army.
    Some were puritans who were fleeing for religious reasons.

     But then a few other came from Sweden, Scotland, and France for reasons I don't know.

      The most interesting discovery I found was that my mother's branch of my family met up with my father's branch during a battle in the Civil War - on opposite sides.

    ¡Cállate o despertarás la izquierda! - protest sign in Spain

    by gjohnsit on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 05:56:18 AM PST

    •  Interesting (0+ / 0-)

      There was much in human history to make people flee.

      I've discovered a number of people (some Irish, some Yankee) who served in the Civil War. All north so far. To my knowledge I've not had any ancestors who ever lived west or south of central New Jersey. I've tried to follow some of the Yankee branches on the family tree down and found many moved west from New England. But only one couple on a huge family tree moved South, and they moved after the Civil War. Maybe carpetbaggers?

      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 08:11:52 AM PST

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