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    Senior Member Aether's Avatar
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    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.
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    ハリセン クラプ Ace Pitcher Hayashida's Avatar
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    what did your grandfather do

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    He's a criminal, I don't know much about him.
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    o cool the mathews name dies w/ me if i dont have kids

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evil_Cake View Post
    too many frickin ancestors to know for sure though.
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