Friday Five – Family History Edition (Contest Closed)

old fashioned family tree from the 1620s

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TGIF everyone! It just so happens that today is Family History Day, and I thought it would be a fun subject to discuss. Genealogy and family history is a passion of mine, and I love hearing about other people’s family histories. Answer below for the chance to win this week’s prize… a $25 Amazon gift code. (Yes, I’m bumping it up to $25 this week. I am so excited to be able to do this!)

Just answer the questions below for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift code courtesy of Swagbucks. I don’t think I have to tell you the drill with Amazon… you can buy basically anything on there 🙂

All you have to do to enter is comment below and answer the Friday Five. I will run a random number generator on Monday morning and pick the winner that way. I will comment on the thread to the person who won, so you can check back to see who won that way. If you miss it, I will announce the winner in the comments and next week in the P.S.

So, here are the Friday Five questions for this week. Simply answer below in a comment to enter :-)

Friday Five – Family History Edition

  1. How have you learned about your family history? Do you find it an interesting subject?
  2. Do you have a family tree? Have you worked on completing it?
  3. Is your family from the country you live in currently? Or did they immigrate from somewhere else? Where? How recently?
  4. Are you related to someone famous? How closely related? (Feel free to either mention the person or not depending on how discreet you need to be.)
  5. Take What Country Are You? – What do you get? Is it accurate? Is this country a part of your family’s history?

P.S. Congratulations to last week’s Friday Five winner, Heather. :-)

P.P.S. This went out a little early! Oh well. More time for the Friday Five.

What do you think?

27 thoughts on “Friday Five – Family History Edition (Contest Closed)

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  2. Heather Moritz

    1. How have you learned about your family history? Do you find it an interesting subject? I’ve learned some..like our ancestors came over on the Mayflower and one of my relatives worked on the Empire State Building. Sure, it’s cool learning about what my relatives did
    2. Do you have a family tree? Have you worked on completing it? I tried making one once but I didn’t know enough to make it..
    3. Is your family from the country you live in currently? Or did they immigrate from somewhere else? Where? How recently? The ones on the Mayflower did..
    4. Are you related to someone famous? How closely related? (Feel free to either mention the person or not depending on how discreet you need to be.) The guy that worked on the Empire State Building was on TV before, but I’m not sure if he was really famous..
    5. Take What Country Are You? – What do you get? Is it accurate? Is this country a part of your family’s history? You Are Hong Kong. A little. Nope haha

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  3. Rachel R. (@REReader)

    1. I don’t know much about my family history because so much was lost in the Holocaust, but what I know is interesting!

    2. I haven’t seen a family tree, but I know my father and a cousin on my mothers side have worked on trees, so they are out there.

    3. My mother’s parents were from Galicia (in Poland) and Lithuania, and they escaped to the US during WWII (I think that’s recent!); my father’s father came to US from the Polish/Russian border before WWI and his mother was born in the US (I don’t know if that’s recent).

    4. Well, no. 🙂

    5. I got China, which has nothing to do with my family–although I do practice tai chi which is Chinese! The first para fits, but I don’t think I’m big and bold. 😀

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      1. kari Post author

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        1. Rachel R. (@REReader)

          Maybe it’s a Safari thing? I go through the app, click the “Post comment” button, and get a message reading “Error: your Twitter login has expired.” 🙁

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            1. Rachel R. (@REReader)

              Yeah, that’s it exactly! I guess I’ll just have to log in the old-fashioned way for now… 😉

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    1. kari Post author

      I definitely consider 20th century immigration to be recent! I didn’t know until recently that Poland and Lithuania were once the same country, so having family from each fits.

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      1. Rachel R. (@REReader)

        Parts of Poland belonged to other countries lots of times–different countries for different bits at different times! Hard to figure out what town was in what country during an imprecise span of years…

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  4. maureenmojen

    1. I find it an interesting subject but I don’t know much. I didn’t really know any of my grandparents (the only one alive by the time I was born had Alzheimer’s). And I don’t know why but I feel awkward asking my parents about it.

    2. I wish I did! Maybe if I get married I’ll use that as an excuse to gather intel. 🙂

    3. Most of my family is Irish. Many came over during the Great Famine. Others came later in the 1800s. I also have some German, Dutch, and English ancestors, but I know nothing about when they came to the United States, other than I know that everyone still alive in my family was born here.

    4. no

    5. France. haha yeah it’s pretty accurate. I think sometimes I pride myself on having “good taste”. I try to fight that attitude but sometimes a thought will slip in. Usually though, a snobby thought only slips in when thinking of people in the abstract. I’m more inclined to celebrate different styles when it comes to actual people. I don’t think any one style or culture is the superior one, but there are particular things that I definitely dislike.

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    1. kari Post author

      You might be part French if you’re part German. A lot of genealogists group them together. I’m also Irish, German, Dutch, and English!

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  5. A'Doria

    1-How have you learned about your family history? Do you find it an interesting subject?
    I’ve mostly learned about my family history from talking to my family, and from books. I find my family history very interesting every time I research it I find out new and interesting facts. My family is mostly African American, but we also have Native American mixed in

    2-Do you have a family tree? Have you worked on completing it?
    My family tree is a work in progress, and I hope to one day to complete it

    3-Is your family from the country you live in currently? Or did they immigrate from somewhere else? Where? How recently?
    my family is from here but my ancestors were from Africa. I’m not sure from which part of Africa, but it would be awesome to find out. They came over during slavery, but I don’t know which year.

    4-Are you related to someone famous? How closely related? (Feel free to either mention the person or not depending on how discreet you need to be.)
    I’m not related to anybody particularly famous, but I have had some cousins who’ve played professional basketball in the NBA and overseas. I also had some family who participated in the civil rights movement.

    5-Take What Country Are You? – What do you get? Is it accurate? Is this country a part of your family’s history?
    I got China, and I would say it’s mostly accurate. As far as I know I have zero Chinese ancestry

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    1. kari Post author

      I am very interested in civil rights movement history, and it must be really fascinating to get a more personal perspective on that time. And very cool about professional NBA player cousins (and maybe European basketball too, I assume?). That definitely counts as famous 🙂

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  6. Lynn Sorel

    1. i’ve learned quite a bit about it in years past. i know about one side more than the other. i do find it interesting.
    2.. kind of. i have a book that a distant relative put together about that half of the family. when i was a kid we made one as well and traced a lot of it back. but there’s a point it stops. and there’s a point that we can’t trace.
    3. no don’t think so
    4. i got Denmark. it sounds correct! and no its not in my family’s history.

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  7. Kim Koshiyama

    1. How have you learned about your family history? Do you find it an interesting subject?

    On my mom’s side, there is a person/group of people working on completing a family tree as most of us are still unsure how exactly we’re related! haha

    2. Do you have a family tree? Have you worked on completing it?
    please see above

    3. Is your family from the country you live in currently? Or did they immigrate from somewhere else? Where? How recently?

    My family immigrated here from Japan but 4 generations ago so unfortunately I do not identify too closely w my native country nor have never been–but I plan to!

    4. Are you related to someone famous? How closely related? (Feel free to either mention the person or not depending on how discreet you need to be.)

    It’s possible that I’m related to a pretty famous senator:)

    5. Take What Country Are You? – What do you get? Is it accurate? Is this country a part of your family’s history?

    Hong Kong, and yes it’s pretty accurate and similar to Japan!

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    1. kari Post author

      One of my closest friends has Japanese ancestry, and she’s in the exact same situation, family tree wise 🙂 And I promise you’ll have an absolute blast when you visit Japan. I’ve only been once, but I can’t wait to go back.

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  8. Vani B.

    1. My ancestry is a huge topic of discussion in my family. We’re always discussing customs, languages, etc.
    2. My dad has traveled to Europe a lot to research our family history. I remember being as young as six and walking around the Bayside Marketplace while he looked for this one kiosk that sold family crests. I do the same thing at Renaissance festivals, now. So does my husband.
    3. It’s unclear where my maiden name comes from. It could come from Catalonia, it could come from France. My father (born in Puerto Rico) has the family crest and apparently the family name is a Catalan one meaning “Friend of Victory,” but I’ve done my own research and apparently the name originated in the French town of Languedoc in the 1600s (there is also a family with the name in the Canadian province of Québec, and their ancestors migrated from France). I do have both Catalan and French ancestry, so the origin of my name could be either one. We also have Italian in our ancestry, and apparently some Irish (my husband is also Irish, as well as Cherokee Indian and English. and on my mom’s side (born in Cuba) I have Spanish extraction from the province of Asturias.
    4. Don’t know if this counts, but I did have an actress grandmother (my father’s mother, deceased in 2009) who was signed with Columbia Pictures. She was born in Puerto Rico, worked for Columbia Pictures in Mexico and did Spanish-language films, but she was very obscure. Unfortunately, I cannot find any information on her on the Internet (God knows I tried; she doesn’t even have an IMDb page, although the family does have copies of the movies in which she appeared, in addition to some newspaper clippings. I’ve never seen them… I think she did more extra work and small speaking roles than anything else but also did a lot of regional theater). Her name was Alberta “Berta” Morales. And I can tell you she didn’t pass much acting talent on to me, much less any passion for it. 😀 But no, I don’t think it counts. She was just Abuelita Bertica to me.
    5. You Are Argentina

    You are a set of contradictions, and it often seems like you live in two worlds.
    You are introspective yet outgoing. You are modern yet traditional.

    You are warm and honest. Your life is pretty much an open book.
    You are a hard worker, and you don’t mind putting in long hours. And then you’ll go party til dawn!

    You know, I get this result a lot in your other quizzes. I’d been wanting to visit Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro for a while, maybe make it our honeymoon on our fifth anniversary since we haven’t had one yet, due to the unfriendly economy.

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    1. Vani B.

      * and apparently some Irish (my husband is also Irish, as well as Cherokee Indian and English). And on my mom’s side (born in Cuba) I have Spanish extraction from the province of Asturias.

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    2. kari Post author

      Oh I love that you had an actress grandmother! How very cool 🙂 And you never know, she could end up being more searchable online one day. I’m a bit of a family history nerd, and I’m always surprised by how much more archival stuff is coming online.

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  9. moonstep1969

    I got France as result – quite accurate, however the most accurate result would’ve been either Canada or Germany. I missed Britain as a possible result to get here.

    I have Scottish ancestors on my mother’s side, more precisely from the Glasgow area. Haven’t had the time or energy to dig deeper into the family tree history, anyway it feels quite cool to have Scottish roots! 🙂

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    1. kari Post author

      Britain would be a good result, I agree. As usual, I based these on the images I had…but I do intend on more country quizzes in the future. I think everyone can relate to them 🙂

      Oh yes, I think we talked about this before, but my Scandinavian heritage also has Scottish roots (as well as German). I wonder how common that is 🙂

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