Family History

I’ve got this project in my ASL class. We have to look up all this information about (as the title implies) the history of our family. Now, I’m not talking about immediate family – mom, dad, sister, brother. I’m talking about parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. However far back you need to go to discover when the most recent person came to America.

I started working on the project the day we were told to start looking into things – which was Monday of last week. I knew a good bit of the information. Like my parents birthdates, and when they got married, and my grandparents birthdates, and a couple other little things. But when it came to where my ancestors had come from, I didn’t really have much of any knowledge.

I mean, I knew I was Scotch-Irish and Native American (Cherokee I think), but I didn’t have any idea that I was Canadian. And if you trace one of the lines far enough back, I’m also Scandinavian. It’s crazy to think that that’s just on one side of my family. I still have to find out about the other side. 

I’m not sure how I’m going to compile all of this into a video for class. I mean, I can write it all out on paper, but that’s not why we’re looking into all of this. We have to know how to sign dates and years, and countries, and be able to explain why our families came to America.

My great-grandfather on my mom’s dad’s side who came from Canada is said to have been a wanderer, and he ended up joining the calvary and then later on the Navy.

The ancestors on my mom’s mom’s side who were Scotch-Irish came because of the Irish potato famine – I still need to look up the years for that. And there’s also Native American on that side as well (see third paragraph for tribe).

Someone on my dad’s mom’s side came over from England, I think it was, as an indentured servant in like 1676.

My dad’s dad’s side came from England, northern Ireland, and Scotland but I don’t have a reason yet. I’m waiting for my great-uncle to email me back and hoping he’s got that answer for me.

Ancestors on my dad’s mom’s side came from Scotland around the mid 1600’s. And again I don’t have a reason for their coming to America, but I’m hoping that a book I have in a little binder will tell me something about that.

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