- Jan 17, 2011
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But you are right though. Countless Americans have been handed down a fabricated account of their family lineage. Maybe out of pride/embarrassment. What patriarch isn't going to build up the importance of their genes when no one could ever prove them wrong? Fact is, for as many immigrants that fled to the US in search of a new life, there were also plenty that were purposefully leaving something behind and were all too glad to bury that family history for good. Just like I bet 1 out of 10 non indigenous Alaskans are descendants of a one time lower 48 fugitive.Well there are exceptions to every rule!
Same for me. I have birth, death and marriage records of my ancestors going back to the early 1700s. I'm Italian. The End.
Mother Nature got the better of the engraved stones before then. (Actually, many of the original markers were either cast iron, or a very porous stone and are illegible, or gone all together) Today there is a one massive family marker w/ all the names (and many more extended branches) on it.It's a cliff hanger! When will you ever know what happened before 1668 ?!
Same here....My wife's , mothers' side is from Italy. There is a cemetery in their old town with plenty of old grave stones with the family name. The DNA tests went from almost no Italian to no Italian after an update for my wife. She should be 25%. We choose to call their results into question.
I did. I'm 86% Italian, 4% Greek (makes sense since my ancestors were from the Magna Grecia part of Italy) and 9% North African (makes sense since the town in Sicily where my father's family is from is only a row boat ride from Tunisia). So, genetically I'm pretty much as Italian as most Italians are. In fact, a friend of mine who is from and lives in the town where my mother's family is from (even has the same surname, but not related) did a DNA test. His profile shows a higher percent Italian and higher percentage of Greek than me, but no North African (he has no Sicilian ancestry). Makes sense. But again, the main thing is that I have the paperwork for my ancestors going back 300 years and they were all Italian from the same towns within a 5 mile (8 km) donkey cart ride of each other.Dna can reveal family surprises. Not saying yours has any. But to get the complete picture , even for verification, you could do it.