Anthropology vs Genealogy

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Anthropology vs Genealogy

Postby lilbees » 26 Oct 2007, 16:48

I have a question which may seem silly. The characteristics of my Rescigno family is somewhat different than the area where they are supposed to be from (the men that is). i.e. light brown hair, grey to green eyes, fair skin. It just doesn't seem to fit the Compania region as opposed to maybe the northern area of Italy. We do have some (very few) men and women who in fact had black hair and brown eyes but usually not. My great grandmother was from Sicily I believe. Her description is of black hair and dark brown eyes.

Anyone have any ideas and should I be looking in a different area for ancestors in addition to those from around Roccapiemonte. I just have a feeling that the origin is different.

Thanks for any opinion or suggestion.

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Re: Anthropology vs Genealogy

Postby misbris » 26 Oct 2007, 18:49

I posted something a while back on the same topic. My father's family is made up of blue-eyed fair skinned blondes and redheads. Family is from the Salerno area. I just had a conversation with a 90 year old relative of my father who described my ggma as tall, blonde and blue eyed.

http://italiangenealogy.tardio.com/Foru ... =7374.html

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Re: Anthropology vs Genealogy

Postby lilbees » 26 Oct 2007, 19:56

Thanks for your comments. Italy must be more of a melting pot than I believed. Definitely forgot about the crusaders from the north.

You can have a laugh on me. :lol:

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Re: Anthropology vs Genealogy

Postby jenalonso » 03 Dec 2007, 22:43

My ggparents manifest also lists them as being fair w/ blue eyes - also from the Campania region. I was always told about the "northern invaders" as an explanation for our fair traits. I just accepted it but you're right, it'd be nice to know where they originated from. But judging by the limited dates that the Italian records go back (at least mine anyway), many of us will never know.
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Re: Anthropology vs Genealogy

Postby Poipuo4 » 04 Dec 2007, 00:29

I am by no means versed on this, but this can by where DNA and genealogy studies can shed some light on deep ancestry. I think also that there are many inaccurate stereotypes that all Southern Italians are dark haired, dark eyes, olive skin. I am 100% of southern Italian heritage and none of my grandparents and great grandparents that I have pictures of fit that bill. We even have blue eyes and freckles in our past.
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Re: Anthropology vs Genealogy

Postby misbris » 02 Feb 2008, 18:43

Just saw this today and wanted to share it.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22934464/wi ... ?GT1=10914

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Re: Anthropology vs Genealogy

Postby davidlatour » 02 Feb 2008, 19:02

lilbees wrote:Italy must be more of a melting pot than I believed. Definitely forgot about the crusaders from the north.


You also gotta remember that the southern italian gene pool is heavily influenced by greek, ottoman, and even some north african. This is especially true in Sicily.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't the Romans lighter skinned? I always thought there was a parallel with italy and spain where both countries got significantly darker during occupations and what not.

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Re: Anthropology vs Genealogy

Postby lilbees » 02 Feb 2008, 20:19

Great article on the subject of "Blue Eyes". We have discussed this many times in our family.

Misbris, Thank you for posting it. I forwarded the link to other family membes who have been discussing this subject.

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