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Thread: Which one of your ancestral lines do you have the most connection to?

  1. #11
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    Most definitely my y-line! The Isaac's all have a strong, distinct look (pale blue eyes, heavy brow ridge, angular features) and temperament (tendency to fight and argue). Add to that, that we are recent imports (originally from the hollers of eastern Kentucky) to the area that I now live and the inclusion/association factor goes up. Also my beliefs are more in line with my fathers family especially regarding religion. Most are full-blown atheists, but I identify more with agnosticism/humanism beliefs. As I've said elsewhere, these religious/philosophical views and the fact that I am very much my fathers son, have led to a pretty big distance towards my mothers family. They are very religious and passive and rarely have anything positive to say about us.
     
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    I feel most connected to my Griffith lineage, my maternal grandfather's Y lineage, mostly because I identify with his dad (my great grandfather.) Also, I was very close to my grandfather. My great grandfather was orphaned and suffered from many long term difficulties from that experience. I made it my goal to piece together his genealogy which I have done thanks to some lucky, close DNA matches and fortuitous paperwork finds. I can relate to my great grandfather because my parents were never married and my dad is not part of my life. I never knew him, or his family, and although I am undeniably closely related to them, I feel nothing towards them. My interest in them may be similar to reading a historical novel, mildly interesting but not my history. I've dutifully added all of their information to my family tree but I have to admit that I don't feel connected to it and it doesn't have the same impact as when I discover information about my mother's side. I've put together binders for my different family lines and my mom's are packed full of historical documents, pictures, and other memorabilia whereas my dad's binders are very sparse, indeed. I suspect my kids feel even more negative towards my father since they notice that they don't have a grandfather from my side which at first perplexed them and now seems to engender disdain towards him. It makes me wonder if this is why some ancestors seem to have oodles of information about them out there while others are barely documented and seem to disappear from the public record? If you want to be remembered by history, I guess it pays to make a good impression on your descendants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJL View Post
    All of them! A cousin of mine is in the process of testing her mtDNA (same as my father's mother's mother's father's mtDNA). I'm just as excited to learn about that line as any other line.

    I do have a slight preference for "oddball" lineages, though: there's more of a story to them.

    I couldn't agree more with your outlook. I feel exactly the same way...especially about the "oddball" lineages. I have a secondary line of identification with my wife's family (which is far more interesting historically than mine...Conquistadors, Native Americans, Aztec royalty, early Kentucky settlers). Then I have a tertiary line of identification with my African-American son-in-law's lineages as well as my Native American daughter-in-law's because they are the parents of my descendants, my grandchildren. Last week I was in southern Montana thinking I was in "enemy territory" because I was in the land of the Crow tribe, a traditional enemy of my daughter-in-law's Arapaho family. Don't worry...I didn't count coup or steal anybody's horses.

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    I was much closer to my mother's family, since my parents divorced when I was fairly young. The mtdna appears to be Irish, though it passed through Scots-Irish, German and English surnames before reaching me. My father's family was also fractured by the early deaths of his mother, maternal grandfather, and paternal grandmother. My parents both left me with good genealogical information back to the American Colonies, and even Paignton, England in 1588, in one case.
    My paternal line is the most mysterious, with the fewest and most distant matches, and trying to determine how R1b-DF99 arrived in Northern Ireland.

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    I identify with my Germanic roots. I have no allusions about the fact that I am an American, I know this, and unlike some Americans, I don't pretend to hold allegiances to any of the nations which my ancestors came from. I know that some people in Europe get agitated when some of my countrymen do this. However I speak English, a west Germanic language, and I would say that my "religious" beliefs are more inclined towards Germanic paganism, albeit with a more realistic bent. I don't believe that humans were born from the sweat of a giant for instance. I believe that the old gods were human and that these great leaders became revered by men after they died. Eventually whole mythos about them were created. I pray to my ancestors almost nightly and I believe that many of us could trace lineage to at least one so called "god." I have no idea what happens after death so I live my life the best I can now and I try to make good fortune where I can. My ancestry comes from so many Germanic countries that I could hardly hyphenate myself as an American, IE German-American, Danish-American. I am an American of Germanic descent who is descended from, and adheres to a Northern/Western Germanic culture. Normally I just call myself an Anglo-American. I speak English so if I was to be called anything other than an American, I would say that I am an Anglo-American. The Anglish, Saxons, and Jutes all unified in England under one banner, and I am descended from them, and the ones they left behind in Europe. It would be simpler if I lived in a European country but I do not. My identity is Anglish/English AND American. My surname is also English so that makes things even easier.
    Last edited by Crom; 07-21-2015 at 06:55 PM.
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    I identify mostly with my male line which is English right back to 1089, my surname is Norman, but I am unable to trace it to Normandy through any records. Having said that my surname is recorded (in our Lady's Church. Dives-Sur-Mer) on the Battle Abbey Roll as one of the Companions of William the Conqueror, but I can't link him to me as there is no record of his descendants.
    I have a couple of Great Grandmothers who were Irish one from the Republic of Ireland the other from northern Ireland, a few years ago we were in a pub in the Republic of Ireland and I got chatting to a bloke about family history, I mentioned that one of my Great Grandmothers was Irish, he said what's her name, I said Bodkin, he said no she was not Irish, so I said yes she was, she was from near Galway, he replied no Bodkin is no an Irish name it's Norman and they have only been here for 700 years.

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    I don't really identify with any one lineage as I see myself as mixed mutt / Biracial guy but I do wonder about my paternal grandmother's F3b1 mtdna line that probably runs to Madagascar and before that either SE Asia or India.

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    Its interesting to see how many people struggle to find info on their Y-lines. I myself can only go back to my paternal 3rd great grandfather in England. As no one else on my Tomlinson side of the family had researched that area I was kind of a pioneer in that regard Its ironic how far we can go back on other lines but not our own male line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtoml4 View Post
    Its interesting to see how many people struggle to find info on their Y-lines. I myself can only go back to my paternal 3rd great grandfather in England. As no one else on my Tomlinson side of the family had researched that area I was kind of a pioneer in that regard Its ironic how far we can go back on other lines but not our own male line.
    For me finding my immigrant y-dna ancestor is the Holy Grail of my genealogical quest. I know a lot more now than when I started, and y-dna testing has been absolutely indispensable. I do not regret a single dime of the money I have spent on dna testing. It's one of the smartest things I have ever done.
     


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    Though I feel connected to all my ancestral lines the ones I feel the most connected to are my own paternal line, my maternal grandfather's line and my paternal grandmother's paternal line (in that order). I'm a Jewish man first and foremost, nothing's going to change that, I take great pride in my Jewish heritage, I find ancient Jewish history amazing and I also find comfort in the fact that I can read extremely ancient Hebrew inscriptions (I view it as a form of continuinity in a world which really lacks continuity). The fact that we come from a long line of Jewish priests (Kohanim, who are supposedly descended from Moses' brother Aaron, an elite of sorts within the Jewish community) just strengthens this feeling of belonging.
    Nevertheless, I'm still half-British, there's no denying it - believe it or not I suffered because of it as a child - and my mother made a role model out of her father, incidentally many claim I look like him so I'm naturally inclined to identify with this part of the family. His Y-DNA lineage is nothing short of fascinating, and I'm planning to discover how it arrived in the Isles.
    And then there's my paternal grandmother's paternal line, they were Crimean Jews and their story is quite sad, there are no relatives left since they all died during the Holocaust so I can only make an educated guess as to which Y-DNA lineage they carried, unfortunately so.
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