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I'm distantly related to the guy who patched up the guy who shot Lincoln.

...It's a bit of a dubious honor, to be sure...

My great-grandfather, who is 98 now, and still doing fine, was a pilot for the Soviet Air Force during WWII. He was a Lieutenant Colonel, who had his own squadron of fighters and bombers. He was going to be a Colonel, and probably higher, but the Air Force stopped promoting him because he married my great-grandmother, the navigator on his plane, specifically, because she was Jewish. He was even shot down a few times, and was completely fine.

I haven't seen him in years, but I will be visiting Ukraine, where he lives, this summer.

Mr Goostoff:
Well, I'm a Dutch/English Canadian. There are a couple interesting pieces of trivia about my heritage.
My dad's dad and my mom's mom both immigrated from the Netherlands, and from looking at records and pictures, it seems very likely that they were on the same boat. How's that for crazy?
Also, my dad's mom's dad was a war orphan. Unfortunately, he was never really keen to talk about himself, so we don't know much about him. All we do know is that he was found in the streets, too young to know his own name, so they named him after the street they found him on - Cornwall.

EDIT: Also, while it isn't my heritage, I do have a friend whose lineage traces back to the man that assassinated William the Silent.

DESCENDANT OF BALTHASAR GERARDS, OUR SWORDS WILL NOT REST!

So anyway.

my mother comes from A line of mayans that we know nothing special about. My dad has no interesting people in his bloodline, so that's that.
I am my own man!

My French ancestors helped settled Montreal.
My great-grandparents, who were Slovakian, emigrated to America in the early 1900's, and it turned out they had lived within a couple blocks of each other back in the home country.
I don't have any information on my other ancestors (English, Irish).
*Shrug*

I'm related to (and share a name with) a Bonanza King (basically, he got rich through mines), and he worked in communications. He also has mountains in Antarctica named after him.
And he has a son (Clarence Hungerford[1] MacKay), whose daughter married Irving Berlin (then he disinherited her).
Then there's THIS William Mackay, who painted shit Teddy Roosevelt did and helped created dazzle camouflage.

Then there's these JOHN MacKays.
Lot of them.

I found that out by Googling my name.

[1] Probably the best name ever

Hmmm uh, I don't know much about my family tree. My great great grandpa was a sniper in WW2 and got killed my motor fire apprently, so that's pretty cool I guess. (not the getting blown up part but being a sniper lol)

Based on what I vaguely remember my mother telling me about what she'd dug up:

- I'm veeeeeeeeery distantly related via a marriage link to Hilary Rodham Clinton (via the Rodhams in the English Midlands a couple of centuries back).
- Someone I am more directly related to by blood was a governess for the Carnots (i.e. Carnot cycle, Sadi Carnot the French president)

Eamar:
As far back as we can trace the family name (several hundred years), my family have been completely unremarkable and never moved outside the south west of England, or even more than a few towns from where the line originated. That's just my direct ancestors though, plenty of random siblings of blood relatives moved further afield, and I don't know anything about my mother's ancestry.

killerguythefox:
share a interesting fact or history of your families bloodline,

My example, According to some research through church papers and people registers. My fathers side of the family goes back to a certain viking king named Harald bluetooth the king of denmark,Some of you may know him he was the first viking to become christian and he converted denmark to christianity, The current royal family more or less comes from this bloodline,
Since these papers can't be unaccurate i'm inclined to believe it.
Kinda funny when your heritage says your a royal *blueblood* as the term says. Besides that it means i'm a viking by blood,

Please feel free to share a piece of history of your heritage

I hate to break it to you, but if you go back that far we're probably all descended from him.

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

It's pretty awesome that you managed to actually trace it though :)

Yeah the chances are highly possible but again isnt it like many are related by merging families and what not? not by DNA,
From what i have gotten to know i'm related by blood he did get married like 3 times.
So there are most likely alot of people related to Harald bluetooth, Still doesn't change the fact i sit in a quite straight line and not a very odd and changing one, Imagine my ancestry comes from one of his wifes who was a civil person at the time and not royal, She continued the bloodline with her children and her childrens children again in a average i suppose you would have atleast over 100 people related to him maybe more but still compared to the whole country you are still in a rare bloodline statiscly,
Still its awesome to be able to call yourself a viking and a royal *blueblood* eh? :P

killerguythefox:

Eamar:
As far back as we can trace the family name (several hundred years), my family have been completely unremarkable and never moved outside the south west of England, or even more than a few towns from where the line originated. That's just my direct ancestors though, plenty of random siblings of blood relatives moved further afield, and I don't know anything about my mother's ancestry.

killerguythefox:
share a interesting fact or history of your families bloodline,

My example, According to some research through church papers and people registers. My fathers side of the family goes back to a certain viking king named Harald bluetooth the king of denmark,Some of you may know him he was the first viking to become christian and he converted denmark to christianity, The current royal family more or less comes from this bloodline,
Since these papers can't be unaccurate i'm inclined to believe it.
Kinda funny when your heritage says your a royal *blueblood* as the term says. Besides that it means i'm a viking by blood,

Please feel free to share a piece of history of your heritage

I hate to break it to you, but if you go back that far we're probably all descended from him.

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

It's pretty awesome that you managed to actually trace it though :)

Yeah the chances are highly possible but again isnt it like many are related by merging families and what not? not by DNA,

Think about that statement for a moment... same thing. Mathematically, we have to all be descended from him, and our DNA didn't spontaneously generate itself. Others may not be able to trace the name through a line of males, but the DNA still got passed on.

Uhm... I dunno much really, I only know that I'm related to George W. Bush on my fathers side, so not much to cheer for :P

Both sides of my family have been in the United States since before there was a United States. What's more is that I can prove this too.

Dad's side of the family came to the United States on the Fortune, which arrived right after the Mayflower, according to some of the research I've done.

Mom's side of the family has Yaqui Indian in it. That bloodline has been here for milennia and were practicing Catholics less than 50 years after Colombus arrived here and some 250 years before there was talk of separation from England.

I can see some of my Scottish and Danish in my beard when I grow it out! xD
im no geneticist so idk exactly what color that typically brings, but yeah.

I'd have to ask my Mom about details. She's big into that stuff!

My grandfather helped engineer spaceships, he had top secret airforce clearance, and he was a refugee from communist Hungary after the revolution didn't end well. Pretty awesome story overall.

I think I am related to someone more badass than anyone here can compete with.

I am related to the greatest man to ever live.

I am related to COLONEL FUCKING SANDERS! The creator of the most delicious form of chicken on Earth! And chicken is the most delicious food on Earth! I couldn't be prouder of my heritage *sniff* I'm just so happy!

Super Basics. I haven't a clue about any history farther back than this.

Mom's side:
Abuelita/Abuelo - Yaqui/Mexican ancestry. Natives of California. Planted Sugar-cane fields, harvested figs. Very poor.

Dad's Side:
Oma/Opa- Oma (Born in Frankfurt, Germany) Opa (born in the U.S - of Irish Descent) Both met while my Opa was stationed overseas. Married. Had fraternal twin boys in the States. Army brats. Moved all over the country. Opa was an engineer in Vietnam. Built bridges. Dangerous stuff. Eventually settled in Nevada. Lower-middle class to middle-class.

Parents:
Both of my parents ended up working at the same Hospital in California. My dad is a Physical Therapist, my Mother is a R.N. (Registered Nurse). They met. Dated. Did stuff. Married. Moved to another part of California, with my Mother's three kids. My half-siblings.

Bing, bang, boom - here I am.

Great grand father fought in the Finish war, got shot in he arm. Fought later in WW2. That's the interesting bit really.

My great great Grandma was a Rockefeller. Unfortunately, She was disowned after she decided to marry a "commonfolk" man so she never got any piece of the Rockefeller fortune.

My grandfather was considered a national security risk when our family tried to leave the Soviet Union/Russia. We were denied a good 4-5 years after the fall of the Soviet Union before finally being allowed to move to America.

All I know is my grandpa was some top scientist, but I have no idea what he worked on or what he did and my grandma won't talk about it either. Though when I did go to visit my family there about two years ago, my grandma told me to never speak my last name because people remembered the name and would harm me. Freaked me out a bit.

Somewhere down the line on my mother's side I'm related to Abraham Lincoln's wife

On my dad's side- I guess my Great Great Great Grandpa had shit ton of money and some businesses in Ireland or something. Then my great great grandpa was in line to inherit all of it, but fell in love with a peasant girl and married her. Because of that, Great Great Great wrote him out of the will (coming soon to a theater near you) and the son that got the business drove it into the ground. After that, Great Grandpa immigrated to New York and somehow earned a bunch of money back, but then lost it in the stock market crash

So, I should have been rich twice and it's in my blood to do stupid things for girls

I have a bit of a fun fact. My grandfather's last name from my mothers was Schwabe. To be clear, we all live in Belgium. So, when Nazi Germany invaded Belgium, they saw my grandfather's name and thought that he was German. As a punishment they put him on the Eastern Front: He fought in Stalingrad and the likes,but on the Nazi side, which my grandfather didn't like (because he wasn't a Nazi ofcourse). He deserted and managed to find his way back to Belgium and found that the Belgian "resistance" had captured his mother, because he had "betrayed" Belgium. He tried to explain and eventually he asked for him to be taken prisoner and to release his mother, which they did and was released when the war was over. He died of an heart attack in the 60's.

He was also a barber.

I have family that fought on both sides of world wars in my family. Two of my ancestors were fighter pilots in the battle of Britain, they just happened to be on opposite sides!

At some point through my family tree (probably 17th-18th C.) the tree splits as some members move to what is now the USA.. this line within a few generations brings about General Robert E. Lee, therefore making him some kind of great uncle of mine (several times removed)..

The Lee line that I'm in also links back to knights and dukes.

True Story, really.

The only thing that I can remotely think of is that my great grandmother was one of the Rosie Riveters. For those of you who doesn't know what that is, it means she worked in factory back in the days of World War II, probably making war supplies, while all the menfolk were off fighting.

We actually have a huge toolbox around somewhere that belonged to her during her working days. She was always very proud that she had gotten to do it. It makes me sad that I didn't get to ask her about it before she passed away.

My great grandfather and his father (from my mother's side) used to own a confectionery store which was rather large-ish and somewhat important back then. It was taken away from them during the socialism.

My great grandfather (from my father's side) used to own a lot of land and was fairly rich and respected. He even bought some of the first tractors in the country. The land and the machines were taken away from him during the socialism. And he was thrown in prison because he owned them. His family managed to get him released by pulling some strings.

It sure sucked to be in Eastern Europe back in the day. Well, more than now, anyway.

Well I have Scottish, Scottish, Scottish and English. I'm also seventh generation Australian, my family came over here on the first free fleet from Scotland. On my mums mums side we're related to King Edward apparently. On my dads dads side we're related to Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots. Also, did I mention there's quite a bit of Scottish ancestry going on in my family?

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