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Mainly Italian but I do have French with some German and Blackfoot Indian, but nothing significant culture wise. My father is half Italian and my mother is full Italian so any other culture is drained out. ;)
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As it happens, seven of my great-grandparents were born in Italy. However, the other one's parents married in Italy before coming to America.

I am mixed race, and only one of my great-grandparents could say the same. I am all-italian except for one line, on which I am Italian, possibly Slovenian, or Slovakian, and possibly French.
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Correction-mixed ETHNICITY
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I'm several generations deep into my genealogical research and, as far as I know, I'm 100% Sicilian on my father's side, with roots in Calatafimi (Aceste) and Montevago, and German on my mother's side (Stauder).

Or, at least we always thought ourselves to be German on mom's side (with a spot of English blood). As I'm researching our roots I discovered that one great grandmother, Catherine Straezel, originated in Alsace-Lorraine. She came to America with her family when she was just an infant in 1874.

Alsace-Lorraine has a long history of political instability, having been ruled at times by France and Germany. Although Catherine and her father were both born there, many of Catherine's records indicate she was born in Germany, while her father's records indicate that he was born in France. So, I may have some French blood also.

My family and I have always identified more with the Italians. I have an Italian surname and many cousins on the Italian side of my family and only two cousins on the German side. And the Italians were so much more fun!
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Half-Italian half-spanish here. Mother was Italian, Father was Spanish.
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how nice to hear about you all. I always thought of myself as 100% Italian - as my fathers family was from (Turrivalignani) Abruzzo and my mother's family was from Agrigento, or as she liked to say, the REAL Italians.

But my DNA test showed that while I am 62% Italy/Greece, I am also 9% Middle East, and 9% Europe West (Iberian Peninsula - Spain Portugal - area). Interesting! I'm not surprised as Italy was invaded by so many people that through the years it's inevitable to be mixed.

I also spend a good deal of my high school years yearning to be apart from the messy Italian life -- and studied everything English. I was happy to find out I am 2% from Great Britain (which is prob in the Europe West).

Anyhow, as a grown up, I realize the wealth of my heritage and am researching it like crazy. It is better than any soap opera I've ever watched to learn about the drama in the lives of my ancestors! I married a german guy - so my sons are Italian-Germanic. If you think about it, those countries are not very far from each other. My gut feeling is they identify much more with Italian than German -- let's face it, I cooked. Food is important and tradition is too - Yummy on both counts. Ok, that's my 2 cents... 8)
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Hi Everyone. My mother is of Italian descent with some earlier Galacian (Celtic) ancestry. My father is of Northern European descent from Ireland, Northeastern (Germanic) France, and the Netherlands. My natural hair color is auburn and my eyes are actually hazel-brown. No freckles but extremely light skin. Two of my great grandmothers were redheads. One had fire-engine red hair and blue eyes, and she was from Western Ireland. The other had auburn hair, porcelain/fair skin, and hazel eyes. She was from Campania. So there ARE natural redheads in Italy! Few and far between but they're there! 8)
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did you guys take the ancestry DNA test to find out what is in your bloodline?
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julwebb76 wrote:did you guys take the ancestry DNA test to find out what is in your bloodline?
My son and some cousins did theirs. I'm in the process of having mine done. I'm actually sending the tube out this week. I'm going through Ancestry. It's my Christmas present to myself. :mrgreen:
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Yes, but I don't know what! My great grandparents came from Poland with a Jewish surname (though some records list it as Russian or German), and refused to acknowledge that they were anything other than 'American'. With numerous spellings of their last name and varying family accounts, it has been impossible to determine if this side of my family was from Poland, Germany, Austria, or Czechoslovakia.

Some family members think they came from Germany and escaped the Holocaust, some think they are from Poland, and some think my g-grandma is from Austria and her husband is from Czech.
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sacesta wrote: 03 May 2016, 12:58
Alsace-Lorraine has a long history of political instability, having been ruled at times by France and Germany. Although Catherine and her father were both born there, many of Catherine's records indicate she was born in Germany, while her father's records indicate that he was born in France. So, I may have some French blood also.

French is more of a nationality than an ethnicity since there are so many different groups there - from the Northwest to the Northeast to Central and Southern France.

My paternal grandmother was from Alsace-Lorraine. It's an ethnic German area. My French ancestors mostly had German or Dutch surnames. The one French name thrown in was from the Nord-Pas-De-Calais region.
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italianmutt wrote: 03 Jan 2017, 16:45 Yes, but I don't know what! My great grandparents came from Poland with a Jewish surname (though some records list it as Russian or German), and refused to acknowledge that they were anything other than 'American'. With numerous spellings of their last name and varying family accounts, it has been impossible to determine if this side of my family was from Poland, Germany, Austria, or Czechoslovakia.

Some family members think they came from Germany and escaped the Holocaust, some think they are from Poland, and some think my g-grandma is from Austria and her husband is from Czech.

You should have a DNA test done. It could answer a lot of questions. :)
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Just a little background...On my maternal side, my grandmother was Italian and my grandfather was Irish. On my paternal side, my grandmother was Russian and my grandfather was Slovakian.

I took the Ancestry DNA test. My DNA results showed me to be 41% Eastern European, 28% British (Great Britian) and 15% Italian. Great Britian threw me for a loop! :lol: :lol:
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Yes, half Sicilian-American and half Czech-American.
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BrownEyedGirl wrote: 19 Jan 2017, 19:24
sacesta wrote: 03 May 2016, 12:58
Alsace-Lorraine has a long history of political instability, having been ruled at times by France and Germany. Although Catherine and her father were both born there, many of Catherine's records indicate she was born in Germany, while her father's records indicate that he was born in France. So, I may have some French blood also.

French is more of a nationality than an ethnicity since there are so many different groups there - from the Northwest to the Northeast to Central and Southern France.

My paternal grandmother was from Alsace-Lorraine. It's an ethnic German area. My French ancestors mostly had German or Dutch surnames. The one French name thrown in was from the Nord-Pas-De-Calais region.


Yes, my ancestors from the Alsace-Lorraine region also have German surnames - Stauder, Strassel (sometimes spelled Straezel and Straßel), Liller and Bauer. That is my mother's side of the family. I haven't really delved into that research yet, but will begin soon...
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Surnames Aceste, Papa, Cusenza, Gruppuso, Sciortino, Sparacino, Zito, and Vona.

Researching Montevago, Agrigento (Girgenti)
Surnames Infranco, La Rocca, Mandina, Bilello, Cacioppo, and Cardino.
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