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Heritage

by Meghann on March 28, 2011

Good Morning!

So much for all the sunshine we were enjoying this weekend. I was awaken early this morning by thunder and rain. It was 4:00am and I found myself not being able to go back to sleep until I made sure my computer and all chargers were unplugged. Does anyone else have those anxieties?

Luckily the rain cleared just after sunrise so that Maddie and I were able to enjoy a nice 3 mile run. (Maddie loved getting muddy in the puddles, I did not.) We followed the run with Workout 1 from the 30 Day Shred and a nice bath (for Maddie, not me πŸ™‚ ).

Breakfast was mouth watering delicious. πŸ™‚

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Thanks to this almost empty jar of Naturally Nutty Vanilla Peanut Butter (RIP)

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And the assistance of this team of ingredients.

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1/2 cup of Rolled Oats

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1/2 cup of Milk

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A couple of spoonfuls of yogurt

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Chia Seeds, Jam, Cinnamon, and Raisins

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Mixed well

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And refrigerated overnight

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This morning I topped the overnight mix with Back to Nature Chocolate Granola and Strawberries

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Overnight Oats in a jar is by far my favorite breakfast food. Now I need to purchase another jar of Naturally Nutty Vanilla Peanut Butter to repeat this all over again.

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Heritage

There were some questions in the comments this weekend about Derek’s heritage and I thought it would be a fun topic to bring up.

Derek is 1/2 Honduran on his Mother’s side and a European mix from his Dad.

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Honduran + European = Derek

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My roots include a little mix of everything. Most notably my great grandparents on my Mom’s side come from Finland (which explains why everyone on her side – including my cousin Andrea! – are all fair skinned and blonde) and my Dad’s Grandparents (Great-Grandparents?) hail from Sweden and Ireland.

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Finnish + Swedish + Irish = Meghann

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Are you familiar with your heritage? Where did your family originate from?

1 Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

Interesting post! I am almost entirely Polish. The funny thing is that I have a pretty common Irish last name, but found out my very Polish relatives changed their very Polish last name to my Irish name! So my last name isn’t really my last name! I wish I knew the original. I also have a bit of Irish mixed in, with some Czech!
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2 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

Very cool mix of backgrounds! My mum is Canadian but her grandparents (on one side of the family) came from Ireland and moved to Canada fairly early on in their lives. My dad’s side are Scottish through and through… so I guess that makes me…. Scotanadian?
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3 RJ March 29, 2011 at 4:55 am

I would say it makes you a Canadian Celt! So such movement occurred between the populations of Scotland and Ireland. I am Scottish as I far back as I can find in my family, with an uncommon Irish surname.

4 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

Italian

and

Lebanese

5 Freya March 28, 2011 at 9:56 am

Cool heritage! I’m a bit German, Dutch, Swedish and Italian – though I’ve been British for a while now πŸ˜›
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6 Cassie @ Tofu Meets Her Match March 28, 2011 at 9:57 am

Wow, you guys are a little of everything! Your kids will be gorgeous. I’m Irish/Hungarian/Austrian and my fiance is Nigerian so we’ve got a serious mash-up going too.

7 Holly @ The Runny Egg March 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

I am almost entirely German, with a little bit of Irish in there too.
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8 Gina March 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

I’m Bohemian and British from my Dad’s side, Irish and Cherokee from my Mom’s. Quite the mix! πŸ™‚
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9 Kara March 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

This is a fun topic! I’m Norwegian + Russian + Irish + Lithuanian …it’s a strange mix πŸ™‚
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10 Kiran March 28, 2011 at 10:12 am

Me? Sikhism & Hinduism in the mix πŸ™‚
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11 Ellie @ The Mommyist March 28, 2011 at 10:13 am

I’m Irish, English & Scottish. It doesn’t get much whiter than that. My husband is Mexican. Our daughter is lovely mix.
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12 Laura @ Backstage Pass March 28, 2011 at 10:15 am

And you’re both gorgeous! You will have great-looking kids someday πŸ™‚
My background falls into the ‘Euro mix’ category… About 75% German, then 25% Bohemian, Czech, Norwegian, and French Canadian. Yep!
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13 Britney March 28, 2011 at 10:15 am

I’m enough of a heritage “mutt” to consider myself American. Just about all of my ancestors were European (or Europeans who came to the U.S. via Canada).
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14 Katy @ MonsterProof March 28, 2011 at 10:20 am

I used to claim I was mostly Irish, but all British Isles…and just found out this year that my grandmother’s German. Who knew. Everybody’s been here since at least 1800, though, so I feel weird claiming anything. My husband is solidly 1/2 Slovene and 1/2 German, though within just a couple generations, so it’s fun to have a more solid connection to roots.
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15 Ally March 28, 2011 at 10:20 am

My Dad is originally from Italy and moved to Philadelphia when he was 8, and my mother’s mom’s family moved here from there as well! But my paternal grandfather’s family is Canadian and Scottish, so I’m about 75% Italian and 25% Scottish/Canadian. Such a weird combo but it accounts for my pale pale skin in the winter and serious tan in the summer! πŸ™‚
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16 malak March 28, 2011 at 10:22 am

half egyptian and half ukranian here πŸ™‚

17 Christina March 28, 2011 at 10:23 am

Awe you’re babies are going to be a great mix! It’s always fun to hear about people’s backgrounds. Both sides of my family are from Puerto Rico, well more like both sets of grandparents. Both my parents are “nuyoricans”, born and raised in good ole NY.
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18 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate March 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

I’m English, Polish, and Irish. All of those combined = Matt πŸ˜‰
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19 Sana March 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

Umm you guys would make hott babies. Just syingggg!
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20 Dori March 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

Interesting mix! My mom’s side is from Russia and my dad’s from Poland (his mother is one of the last living Holocaust survivors). This is a very standard Ashkenazi Jewish mix.
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21 KatieTX March 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

I am a mix of really white people πŸ™‚ (Dutch, German, French, a little bit of English, and Scotch/Irish). My fiance is Polish, Irish, and French (he is fair skinned with red hair). Our poor children have no chance of ever having a tan…

22 Ashley March 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

Love OOIAJ!
I think I’m a mix of Irish and English, which is why I’m extremely fair skinned, light haired with a red tinge, and blue eyed.

23 Katherine: Unemployed March 28, 2011 at 10:41 am

sooo not relevant to heritage but the pb jar made me think of it: this morning on the news there was a raccoon stuck at the top of a telephone pole with his head wedged inside a peanut-butter jar!
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24 Jen @ keepitsimplefoods March 28, 2011 at 10:42 am

Love those overnight oats!

I’m part German, Scotch Irish, and a bit of Cherokee!
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25 Amy March 28, 2011 at 10:42 am

I’m half Dutch (my mom was born in Holland) and a mix of Swedish with a little German and English on my dad’s side. I really enjoy learning about my own heritage and other people’s – I love knowing where in the world I came from!
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26 Mimi March 28, 2011 at 10:45 am

I LOVE learning about peoples’ heritages! I’m mostly Austrian and Irish with a little Swiss and French mixed in!
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27 Hope March 28, 2011 at 10:48 am

Those overnight oats look delicious! I haven’t had overnight oats in such a long time. I think I am going to have to make them one day this week! πŸ™‚
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28 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun March 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

We’re a mix of English, Dutch, and German. Although my family dates way back. They were one of the first settlers in Georgia. And been there ever since. LOL

That OIAJ breakfast looks amazing. And I’m not even huge on overnight oats.
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29 Silvina March 28, 2011 at 11:04 am

Interesting post: my parents are both from Argentina and came to the US some 30-something years ago so I was born in the great USA. My parent’s ancestors are from a variety of countries – mostly Europeans that immigrated to Argentina.

I also find it silly when people try to break up their heritage into exact percentages – I think most people, especially those that live in immigrate dominate countries like the US, are probably a good mix of a lot of heritages and countries.

30 Jeni @ stepping out March 28, 2011 at 11:12 am

On my dad’s side I’m a European mix with more Irish than anything else…it really is a mishmash. On my mom’s side I have a little more English and Irish plus I’m 1/4 Armenian and proud of it! Armenia is a small country next to Turkey, officially the first Christian country (before Rome) and home to Mt. Ararat.
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31 katie March 28, 2011 at 11:19 am

I love your breakfast mix this morning! I want it ! lol

I am a mutt, I am mostly italian though, have some german and Irish as well ; )
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32 Becca March 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

The main ones I tell people are Irish, Swedish, and German. I’m pretty sure there’s a mixture of a lot of things (Dad thinks there might be some French & AmerIndian in us somewhere), but those are the main three in our family. Mom’s mom is Swedish, and her dad was the Irish; my dad’s side is where we get the German.
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33 Brittney March 28, 2011 at 11:25 am

I always call myself a “WASPy mutt”. I’m mainly Irish, Scottish, German, French Canadian. I don’t think I usually put jam in my overnight oats… that looks like a great idea though! πŸ™‚
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34 Jess@atasteofconfidence March 28, 2011 at 11:32 am

Great pictures!
I am about 25% Irish and 75% German:)
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35 Tiia March 28, 2011 at 11:35 am

Yay, I’m from Finland and I’m always excited to hear about people with Finnish heritage!:)

36 Angela March 28, 2011 at 11:39 am

I am proud of our Finnish heritage, even though it is the reason I have all of these freckles and the near inability to tan!
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37 Vikki March 28, 2011 at 11:45 am

My family all got here prior to the 1800s. I haven’t found any outliers yet so like a previous poster I feel weird about saying that I’m anything other than an All American Mutt, but those that got here pre-1800 were Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and English. Those folks married into the local population so there is a fair amount native American (most likely, Cherokee) in my background as well. I’ve not found anything really interesting.

38 Mary March 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

I’m kind of like Vikki above. My dad’s parents are from Scotland by way of Canada….But my mom’s family came over so long ago (like way before the revolution) so I think only really consider themselves American.

39 Melissa @ TryingToHeal March 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm

my dad is a huge ancestry nut so his family tracks back all the way to some of the queens in england and such! crazy! as for my mom’s side, well, the U.S. screwed up our last name when we migrated over so it’s hard to find much before that…i wish i knew more of my japanese heritage!
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40 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Swiss, Swiss, and English!

41 Roselyn March 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Both my parents are from the Philippines so I am Filipino with some Spanish/Hawaiian/Chinese mixed in there.

Does Derek speak Spanish??
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42 Deirdre March 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I’m 75% Irish and 25% German. I have a ridiculously Irish name though and have the inability to tan. I’m always jealous of my brother who shows more of his German side and tans beautifully
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43 Carolyn @Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well. March 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Derek’s dad is Honduran, eh? Dave used to live there though he is all gringo.
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44 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I’m Finnish and Irish too! I’m also Slovak and German!
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45 Clare @ Fitting It All In March 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I love the step-by-step pictures you did for breakfast this morning! And I would have never thought to stir the jam INTO the oats.

I’m 100% Irish on my dad’s side, but my mom is a mix of English,French etc. I’m a mutt..but love the Irish par!
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46 Wendy March 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm

100% Chinese, born in Hong Kong – raised in England, Scotland and Canada! The dude on the other hand is mostly Canadian – 7th generation (from the English townships of Quebec) and 2nd generation (from Poland).
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47 Emily @ Savory and Savage March 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I am all Irish – though to be perfectly accurate – Irish American – since both sets of great-grandparents moved from Ireland to the US way back when.

I so wish my dogs were small like Maddie – when I give them a bath is it a whole afternoon affair with lots of towels and getting soaked from head to toe.
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48 alison March 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I’m quite a combo of nationalities: my dad is half Italian/half Irish and my mom is Russian-Jewish (came to America by way of Canada) and Polish on dad’s side and Irish/Czech on her mom’s side. My husband is English, German and Cherokee….so our daughter is a mutt!
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49 Mia March 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I always think the heritage question is a really strange one…are we talking about race or ethnicity? I was born and raised in Israel, my mom was born and raised in israel and my dad immigrated to Israel from Romania as a teenager. In Israel, most Jews (like myself) don’t talk about our European heritage…I think it’s something most people who came to israel in the 30’s and 40’s try to forget about…we’re all just Israelis (at least the Ashkenazi Jewish population).

50 Meghann March 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I just think the whole concept of heritage and ancestry is fascinating! Have you ever watched that show ‘Who do you think you are?’ It’s a great show about uncovering the past and seeing where people come from. I’m not sure it has anything with race or ethnicity, it’s just understanding your history. I also think it’s more common to reflect on in America because we’re all mutts with so much history to uncover. πŸ™‚

One of my second cousins wrote a term paper about our ancestry and concentrated the bulk of the paper on my great grandfather coming to America from Finnland. I was probably 14 at the time and found that paper more interesting than any other history paper I had ever read because it was so personal at the time.

51 fsugirl March 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm

that’s an awesome show! πŸ˜€

52 Jena March 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I think I must be a bad person, because I have no idea what I am. I’ve never really thought about it. I don’t even know where to begin to find out. My Mom?

I’m very jealous that the rain let up in Tampa. It’s stillllll raining here. I’m only 1hr from tampa. hmph. Our 5 day forecast shows rain every day. I will need a kayak to get out of my neighborhood. The Hubster said it’s already flooded. Awesome.
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53 Meghann March 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm

It only let up this morning and it’s back now. πŸ™ It’s suppose to be this way all week too…. booooooo

54 Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I’m Italian-Scottish-Polish-Swedish. It’s funny because there are a lot of Polynesian Islanders here in New Zealand, especially in the school I teach at, so I am the only white girl! I make fun of myself πŸ˜‰
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55 Lauren @Hungry Dancer March 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Overnight oats in a jar are where its at!!! That’s so interesting about your heritage!!
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56 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Holla for being Scandinavian! I’m Norwegian, Irish, German, and Italian πŸ™‚
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57 Alaina March 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm

You look Irish. πŸ™‚

I’m 1/2 French Canadian (on my mom’s side) and my dad is a mix of Swedish, Norwegian, Irish and English. My great grandmother is from Vastervik, Sweden; her husband was from Norway. On my paternal great grandfathers side, his family has been in Boston since the early 1800s. They even founded a hospital in the city. His wife (my great grandmother) had family from Belfast, Ireland. I love learning about my heritage!
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58 Kaitlyn Nelson March 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm

That’s so cool he’s part Honduran! One of my good friends’ brother is a missionary to Honduras and just got married late last year! And my friend and her family flew to Honduras and everything for the wedding.
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59 fsugirl March 28, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Oooh, I’m such a mutt. German, Native American (funny because I’m SO pale!), a LOT Irish, Scottish and a wee bit French! We have so much in common! Irish and FSU Alumni!:D Go Noles!

60 CampingGirl March 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I am half Italian, 1/4 Scottish, 1/4 French Canadian…. but really all Canadian πŸ™‚
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61 Carly March 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm

FINLAND! Holla!! Finnish, Irish and French here πŸ˜€

62 erin March 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Mine’s boring – I’m sixth generation Australian on my dad’s side, but before that we were Scottish, and my mum is English but has been here her whole life, pretty much.

No fun there.

63 Kelli March 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I’m a mutt-mix of Irish, Welsh, Cherokee, German, and a smattering of other western European things. πŸ˜‰ All-American, I’d say!

64 Karolina March 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I LOVE heritage and family history! For a class in grad school I had to do a huge family tree and do a few papers on aspects of family history-very interesting:)
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65 Kim @ Kim Lives Healthy March 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Your fridge looks like mine lol can’t stay away from the Greenwise section!
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66 Cynthia Crowsen March 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I’m mostly Scottish, German and Welsh. Of course there are a few other fun things thrown in. My German great-great-grandparents game through Ellis island so that was fun to see when I went there.I’m basically never going to get a tan πŸ™‚

But I love the concept of heritage and culture. My parents are both American but I spent a large majority of my childhood abroad so I don’t completely identify as American. I like that I’m a bit mixed up and have fun with it πŸ™‚
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67 Lauren @chigallauren March 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm

My mom is 100% Greek and my dad 100% Lithuanian…but neither families taught us the language growing up! I’m using Rosetta Stone now to learn Greek for an upcoming vaca, and hopefully I can have some awesome bilingual kids some day!
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68 Lindsay March 29, 2011 at 2:10 am

Both my mom and dad were born in England. They married there and moved to the states 25 years ago. I am a first generation American in my family. I have dual citizenship and I dont have a chance of ever tanning! πŸ™‚
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69 Marika March 29, 2011 at 4:20 am

So far I’m the only Estonian commenter! (100% Estonian, but I grew up in the USA). Though it’s fun to see how many people have a little Finnish blood in them! My fiance is Finnish, so I have a lot of love for the Finns :-).
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70 Carly (Swim, Run, Om) March 29, 2011 at 8:28 am

I totally understand your anxiety about lightning/thunder. Our house was hit by lightning twice, blowing out my computer both times. I had three new computers in the span of one year because of that.

I’m 50/50 … half Irish, half Croatian. I’m more connected to my Irish side, but both parts are a huge part of my life.
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71 Sarah March 29, 2011 at 9:01 am

I recently tracked my family back to the 1600s and was surprised to find some German/French ancestry! It’s so much fun (and highly addictive) to work on your family tree. So far I’m Irish, Scot, English, German/French. What a combo!

72 Liv April 6, 2011 at 4:24 am

Ooh cool! I didn’t know that BellaEats was your cousin! That’s awsome πŸ™‚ I guess a love of food runs in the family.

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