Where Did You Come From?
So, while I'm applying for my Portuguese citizenship I'm finding out a bunch of cool shit about my family. I figure it'd be cool to find out some cool family history/geography for everyone.
I'll go first, you can also omit any information you choose or add anything you think is cool. I'm not here to pry.
I've omitted names and exact birth places due to my grandfather being a criminal and still being alive, I have a feeling that letting this kind of information slip could actually lead to putting my family in danger. ._.
So let's go back a bit.
On one side we have my father, P. da Silva. He was born in Australia. His parents, F. da Silva, and M. da Graca Silva were from Portugal. I don't know where they were born, cause tbh I don't know much about this side of my family.
My great grandfather was wanted by the Portuguese secret police for speaking out against the church, I wonder where I got my disdain for religion from. But basically, he fled the country. His son, who hadn't been born at the time, was given his mother's maiden name da Silva. We have a true family name, but because of that whole speaking out against the church thing, we were all given the name da Silva. Except for my uncle Flamino, he got the true name to prevent that from dying out.
Ironically, it's the da Silva name that's going to die out with me as I haven't taken it. Unless I give one of my kids the da Silva name, something to think about I suppose.
Then on the other side, we have my mother, J. Daly. She was born in Venezuela. Her father, J. Daly, was born in Chile. Her mother, M. Daly, was born in Holland.
J. Daly is a con-artist. Like, 100% legit, he is a con-man. He even hired a criminal kingpin as his head of security. I don't know exactly what kind of enemies he had or has, but I assume he stole a lot of expensive things. Years back I met him when he came to Australia, he stayed with us for a while, opened his container full of paintings, books, and furniture like crystal decanters, and sculptures; he divided all of the stuff in the container between his ex-wife and three daughters and then left. I haven't seen or heard of him since.
My grandmother was an entertainer in World War II, she was sent out to where the soldiers were stationed and sang/danced. I think she was a con-artist as well, she's been married and divorced multiple times, each time coming out with more assets and money than before.
So that's the family history that I know of in a nutshell, share yours if you feel so inclined, I think it's interesting.
what did your grandfather do
He's a criminal, I don't know much about him.
o cool the mathews name dies w/ me if i dont have kids
My dad's side of the family was sent to the American colonies as British criminals. My Aunt wants to be a princess, so she keeps wasting money to find proof that we were part of a noble family that happened to share the same last name, but I think the criminals thing is much more interesting.
My mom's maternal great grandparents immigrated from Norway and only the husband learned English. When we traveled to Norway, we founded my grandmother's maiden name in every viking cemetery.
I don't really know much about my family except that we've been in North America for a little while. Supposedly most of my ancestors immigrated from either Britain or Russia sometime between 1830 and 1906.
My dad's family I know virtually nothing about because apparently our wealthier English ancestors didn't like my grandmother marrying into a poor Scottish family and so they shunned us, and then my dad ran away from home when he was 16 so there's a lot of bad blood and awkwardness.
As far as I can tell, my mother's family is basically an amalgam of Prussian Mennonites and Brits who moved around Europe a lot. Once they came to Canada they were pretty much all homesteaders, and then factory-men.
Both my paternal grandparents and my maternal great-grandparents (who surprisingly still retain their native tongue of Plautdietsch that will die with them :() reside in the same general area as their families originally settled. I've also heard a rumour that some of my family were British loyalists who left the states after the whole independence thing. Not very exciting, but annoyingly complicated.
So yeah, I'm pretty Canadian.
This is always interesting whith people from the ex-colonies. I'm just plain Dutch. I had a great-grandmother that was Italian (never knew her) and that's about it.
My mother's last name sounds very French while my Dad's last name could come from Germany, but there's no indication either of that does trace back to either France or Germany. So Dutch it is.
I'm envious of how concise your heritage is. Maybe a little mystery around the edges but you have history right where you are! It's very cool.
Recent ancestry is all from KENTUCKY
Farther back ancestry is all from VIRGINIA and NEW YORK
Even farther back is from ENGLAND/GERMANY/FRANCE
too many frickin ancestors to know for sure though.
All I know is my family is a mess.
My dad's side we know next to nothing about really because my dad's mom came from Mexico with my grandfather and my dad was born here. She passed away and it wasn't until years later that my gramps admitted in an angry drunken rage that my dad wasn't even his son. And apparently my two aunts knew the entire time but never bothered to say anything. That caused a lot of resentment and my dad phased my aunts out a lot after that. One of my cousins came to live with us when I was 18 and she ended up spilling the beans that my dad's real dad was a Samoan college football player named Jake that met my grandmother in Mexico while he was on spring break and took off when she told him she was preggers.
I actually want to start having my family's DNA tested to confirm all of this. If you ever saw my oldest sister you would automatically think "Samoan" so it holds some merit I think.
My moms side of the family is just whacked. We have very old school Mexican relatives on my grandfathers side that are so fucking racist towards other Mexicans it's sad. They are very self righteous and all in Southern California and partly why my grandfather moved my mom and uncle up north away from them. The other part is because my grandfather and his brother were known as the guys to call when you needed people and things taken care of. So after taking care of something he never elaborated on he had the front windshield replaced and whole car repainted then packed up their house and moved my mom uncle and grandmother up north away from the family and whatever he did in one whole day.
I don't remember my gramps because he passed away when I was 1 but he was very well liked trusted and feared. He also lied about knowing how to weld so he could get a pretty we'll paying job and learned as he went along on how to properly do his job.
My grandmas side is full of bible thumpers and addicts. Her side is the side with the Native American blood (supposedly we have a cousin on the board of elders in the Cherokee tribe but idk cuz I've never met her) and they take this shit seriously. We are descendants of the juaneno band Mission Indians of the mission San Juan Capistrano in Southern California. We were denied federal recognition like 60 yrs ago because some one on the board of Indian affairs dropped the ball on our case and we got left out of the roster or some shit. Then we applied again and we're denied in 2010 I believe but we appealed that and now our case is suspended while the BOIA restructures itself and it's policies which should be a good thing. We also found evidence of other tribes either bribing or lobbying against our recognition because we are the Indians of the Orange County region and if we are allowed to build a casino in the region (where no other casinos exist) we would be taking profits from these other casinos because you have to leave Orange County to get to any casino. We are state recognized though but federal recognition would be awesome.
Also we are supposedly German but I can't find any evidence of this and it's all based on my great grandfathers surname but I can't find shit on it being German but it's possible it's welsh. Idk. Shits weird.