I always knew it! I am Irish and German.
This year I joined Ancestry dot com
In Addition to Irish and German ancestry, I am
Eastern European Jewish!
I descended from a wide variety of cultures
and I bet you did, too!
What big surprises you will have in store. All of the ancestral groups above moved around over the centuries because they were chased away, persecuted, and unwanted at some time in the past.
I would say that all of the various people groups, at some time in history, have been moved to a variety of locations and continents because of wars, religious persecution, slavery, and/or the desire to have a better life in a new place.
It didn’t take me long to find my ancestral roots in Europe. In fact, the first day I traced my paternal grandmother, Effie Pearl Rugh, back to my 8th Great-grandfather in the Palatinate area in Europe, which is now in Germany.
I WAS home.
Another few days brought me to the location from which my maternal great grandfather and my Maternal 2nd Great Grandparents came from in Bavaria, Germany. I was overjoyed to learn this because for about 12 years I traveled to Bavaria every summer where I taught a college course. Now, I know why I always felt like I came home when I arrived there every summer. I believe we have a collective unconscious that allows us to intuit such inner feelings as this. After all, we can know through our DNA that we belong to many different ethnic groups – it just makes sense to me that not only our DNA reveals this, but our MIND reveals it, too. We are home!
Photos and essay by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.