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Your family history by Ellerd on 21 January 2008 2:54pm
There's a TV show currently screening in Australia called "Who Do You Think You Are?" British audiences will be familiar with it, since it's originally a BBC production. In case you haven't heard of it, the series features celebrities tracing their family history. I know it sounds really dull, but the episode I watched the other day was surprisingly entertaining.

Out of interest, how much of your family tree are you aware of?

One of my relatives is a budding genealogist. She managed to trace my father's father's family line all the way back to late 18th century Scotland. My great-great-great-great grandfather upended his family and moved to Canada in the 1840s; two of his sons, including my great-great-great grandfather, emigrated to Australia a few years later. The rest of my ancestry is still a bit of a mystery, hopefully I'll be able to solve it one day.
Re: Your family history by Spursfan on 21 January 2008 3:09pm
Yes I am a big fan of the show and have one of the books connected to the programme.

I have a great interest in geneolgy and have traced one branch of the family back to 1330.

So far, all have been in England though there are supposed to be both Scottish and Irish links somewhere.

All good fun!!!

[My aunt (then aged 20) emigrated to Canada in 1920, and my sister emigrated to NZ with her family in 1974.]


Re: Your family history by Wheelrim on 21 January 2008 5:18pm
I have not a clue, but mostly, have not the patience to do this stuff, wheras my cousin has gone back to eleven hundred and something with ours, originally it would seem we are linked to France (Damn!) and then in the 1700`s we were kicked out of Scotland (Hurrah!) by the Sherrif for Horse Rustling, it IS interesting I know, it was good though to go to the George and Dragon Public House in Tarring, Sussex, and drink where my great great great grandfather used to be landlord.
Re: Your family history by johnnythemonkey on 21 January 2008 5:27pm
Everyone seems to have Scottish ancestry. I'm glad all the riff-raff moved away, otherwise it would be rather crowded here. ;)
Re: Your family history by Spursfan on 21 January 2008 5:28pm
No no no - the riff raff STAYED.
Re: Your family history by elina on 21 January 2008 6:29pm
I have heard about this series but, unfortunately, it probably won't be in Finnish tv (although YLE has lots of good BBC programs, so you'll never know).

Well I don't have Scottish background (I would be very surprised if I did). There's been some research on my father's side, but it only goes to 19th century, and Finland in 19th century wasn't that interesting. No idea about my mother's side, and I think that is a good thing. It's even difficult to know about who is whose child and who is whoever's father. Some Swedish background from my father's side, possibly Russian from mother's but I'm not sure.
Re: Your family history by tucsonmike on 21 January 2008 6:47pm
It is something I am planning to look into. Getting the DNA testing will help solve some mysteries.
Re: Your family history by Wheelrim on 21 January 2008 8:11pm
Mike, DNA test?

I believe DNA are the initials for the
National Dyslexia Association.

I might of course be wrong.........
Re: Your family history by tucsonmike on 22 January 2008 12:19am
LOL! DNA as in human molecules. Welcome back Wheelrim.
Re: Your family history by arty_farty on 22 January 2008 12:22am
umm i know about my mum and my birth father, im atleast 1/4 irish 3/4 english with some vampire thrown in somewhere.
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