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    Re: JDPNYY's Question of the day - Sunday 8/23/09

    On my Dad's side: very much Irish. My Grandmother was born in County Cork, and had the brogue to prove it.

    On my Mom's side: Bohemia. I never heard this side of the family refer to being from Czechoslovakia. Only Bohemia.

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    I was adopted:
    biological - Italian
    adoptive - Irish, German and Lithuanian
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    Re: JDPNYY's Question of the day - Sunday 8/23/09

    Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Romania, France.
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    Re: JDPNYY's Question of the day - Sunday 8/23/09

    Mom's side - Irish/German

    Dad's side - Irish/ Puerto Rican/ Spaniard

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    Re: JDPNYY's Question of the day - Sunday 8/23/09

    They were from place that are now Belarus, Poland, and somewhere near the Belarus-Lithuania border, I'm not sure which side...but back then they were all from the Russian Empire.

    Most correct, I suppose, would be to say that they were all from The Pale: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_of_Settlement You want to say that's not a country, fine, but it's where they were from. They weren't Russians - they were Jews, and they lived where Jews were allowed to live.
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    Re: JDPNYY's Question of the day - Sunday 8/23/09

    Quote Originally Posted by JL25and3
    They were from place that are now Belarus, Poland, and somewhere near the Belarus-Lithuania border, I'm not sure which side...but back then they were all from the Russian Empire.

    Most correct, I suppose, would be to say that they were all from The Pale: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_of_Settlement You want to say that's not a country, fine, but it's where they were from. They weren't Russians - they were Jews, and they lived where Jews were allowed to live.
    Your ancestors must have been very courageous people, to have survived the intense and systematic discrimination and horrific genocides that they did.

    Were your parents born in this country, Dr. John?
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    Re: JDPNYY's Question of the day - Sunday 8/23/09

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    Sunday 8/23/09 - JDPNYY's Question of the day (brought to you by guest host BonusCantos):



    What countries do your ancestors come from?
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    JDPNYY's Question of the day - Sunday 8/23/09

    My answer: Ireland

    This concludes Sunday's Question of the day


    How many people actually answered the question that was asked today? Answer - 33 (It's my opinion that no one failed to answer the question as asked today)

    ...and now for the awards, by the power vested in me by JDPNYY:

    JDPNYY's Sunday 8/23/09 Post of the Day:
    No awards today. No one has ancestors that are any better than anyone elses.


    Thanks for sharing today all. Thanks to Jennifer and Joe for filling in for me this weekend.


    JDPNYY's Sunday 8/23/09 One Liner Post of the Day:
    No posts meet this criteria today





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    Re: JDPNYY's Question of the day - Sunday 8/23/09

    Quote Originally Posted by jlw1980
    Your ancestors must have been very courageous people, to have survived the intense and systematic discrimination and horrific genocides that they did.

    Were your parents born in this country, Dr. John?
    Both my parents and one of my grandparents were born here.
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    Re: JDPNYY's Question of the day - Sunday 8/23/09

    Quote Originally Posted by jlw1980
    Interesting.

    I read that the term "Black Irish" is similar to "Black Dutch", in that nobody truly knows what it means.

    Wikipedia actually says this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Irish

    Another article states:

    http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-black-irish.htm
    Take your Wikipedia up to Sligo and Mayo and see what THEY say. I went there, and that's what people with my surname told me. Of course, Wilkipedia knows all. I'm sticking to my story and my suntan.
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    Re: JDPNYY's Question of the day - Sunday 8/23/09

    Quote Originally Posted by JDPNYY

    Thanks for sharing today all. Thanks to Jennifer and Joe for filling in for me this weekend.
    No problem.
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    Re: JDPNYY's Question of the day - Sunday 8/23/09

    Quote Originally Posted by theDurk
    Take your Wikipedia up to Sligo and Mayo and see what THEY say. I went there, and that's what people with my surname told me. Of course, Wilkipedia knows all. I'm sticking to my story and my suntan.
    Nah, I don't think Wikipedia knows all. The non-Wikipedia article I mentioned, as well as a few other sources I found when looking up both Black Irish and Black Dutch (for info on my own ancestry), supported the idea that there is a genetic link to the Basques and that the link goes back thousands of years.

    "On the Y-chromosome the Celtic populations turn out to be statistically indistinguishable from the Basques," Professor Goldstein said.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/1256894.stm

    Also, Queen Elizabeth had most of the invaders from the Armada put to death. A few, but not many, escaped to Scotland. Aside from the scientific evidence (both for a Basque link and no Spanish link), Major Martin Hume said this in a 1906 edition of The Geographic Journal (a scientific journal of the Royal Geographic Society, published since 1831):

    Anyone who goes along the coast of Ireland and along the Devonshire (SW England) coast will in one locality after another find that the inhabitants of this or that village are asserted to be descendants of the men from the Armada wrecked upon their coast; that the dark complexion of the population is owing to the fact that a number of men of the Armada settled and married in that part of the district.

    ...

    There is very small foundation for this, either with regard to Ireland or the West of England. In the end of the year 1588, Fitz William reported that, with the exception of a few score wandering Spaniards, the whole of the rest had been either killed or had escaped to Scotland. In 1596 there was a letter written ... by six men who had escaped and remained in O'Donnel's country, appealing to the King [Philip II] to let them come back to Spain. They said they alone remained of all who landed. These were six men, and this was only eight years after the Armada was defeated. Even supposing these men were wrong and there were a dozen or two more in various parts, there were never enough men to influence in the slightest degree the complexion or the ethnological peculiarities of the inhabitants of the Irish coast.


    At any rate, it's all just food for thought. Researching one's ancestry is a fascinating journey!
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