{Giveaway} Pocket-sized family tree

FOF genealogy guru, Rhonda Earley, is giving away 3 of her Pocket Trees. To enter, answer this question in the comments below: Where are your ancestors from?

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

When FOF Rhonda Earley turned 50 she realized she didn’t have long to learn about her family. “I thought I better do research now while I still have my parents here to answer questions.”

Each day that year, after she dropped her son off at elementary school, she would head to the library to begin work on her family tree.

She was fascinated with her findings. “I found one of the letters my ancestor wrote home to Germany. I also learned that there had been a great deal of land in my family at one point, but, surprisingly, my father grew up poor,” says Rhonda. “That’s something I’m still piecing together.”

Rhonda would carry her computer around the library as well as poster-sized sheets of paper. “It wasn’t convenient,” says Rhonda. “I was running upstairs and downstairs between files, microfilm and maps. You need to be mobile.”

Sitting on the floor of the library next to a file cabinet, she had her A-ha! moment. “There’s got to be a way to transport all my research easily,” thought Rhonda.

The result was Rhoda’s Pocket Tree, which folds up to the size of an index card and opens up to a family tree that can go back nine generations.

“Besides being a great research tool, it’s a great keepsake to pass down to younger generations,” says Rhonda. “Imagine how cool would it be to see your great, great grandfather’s handwriting on a Pocket Tree.”

Enter to win a Pocket Tree. 3 FOFs will win. Answer this question in the comments below: Where are your ancestors from?

(See all our past winners. See official rules. Three winners are chosen at random from all those commenters who answer the question. Contest closes June 2, 2011.)

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  4. Diane says:

    Almost all of my ancestors are from the area of Germany that borders France.

  5. cindy says:

    I have worked on my family tree a little bit, but I look forward to the time when I can work on it some more!

  6. BLAIR says:

    My ancestors are CRANTZDORF, from Alsace Lorraine France, KRUECK from Worms Germany, LINTON from Ireland, SEUM from Hesse Darmstadt Germany.

  7. Diane says:

    My ancestors came from the Alsace Lorraine area of France/Germany

  8. DawnMarie Helin says:

    My family is from County Meade, Ireland. My husband’s family id from County Cork, Ireland. Imagine that we met, three generations later, In NY!

  9. Pattib says:

    My ancestors are from Scotland. We have been researching for years. We are related on the Glenn side of King Robert de Bruce. Its fascinating!

  10. MarthaE says:

    My father’s family came from Holland in the 1600s. My mother’s grandfather was German and her grandmother was English. I always wanted to claim Ireland in there somewhere – some of us have red hair – but I guess not.

  11. Sheila Hockenberry Kerschner says:

    My Father’s family settled in western Pennsylvania after arriving here from Hachenburg Germany. My Mother’s family settled in Russia Ohio after Alsace Lorraine France.

  12. Gina P says:

    I believe England, but have never looked at my family tree and no nothing about my Father or his side of the family other than a name.

  13. Cindy Sommer says:

    Prussia , England, and???

  14. terry says:

    ones I know of are Ireland , Wales , – wish I knew more

  15. K Bodine says:

    My ancestors are mainly western European, English and Irish. Paternal gr-grandfather emigrated from Germany in the mid 1800s. He married into a family with a long American history dating to early 1600s as members of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from England. Paternal grandmother’s ancestry is also English settlers in 1620. My maternal ancestry has been harder to trace. Maternal grandmother was adopted at age 8 with birth records closed by the courts. Irish pride descends from my maternal grandfather via his Irish gr-grandparents arriving during the Great Potato Famine. It is a lineage of survivors, brave adventurers and hard working people.

  16. Nancy says:

    I know that my father’s family is from Germany. My mother’s family is also from Germany but also from England, and maybe another country. I would really love to know all of it.

  17. Julie Miler says:

    As far as I know, one side is from Ireland

  18. susan Gisselberg says:

    My indigenous ancestors are from this continent, in what is now the United States of America.

  19. Carolyn says:

    My fathers ancestors came from England, Ireland and France. My mothers family came from Germany. My younger brothers have been trying to gather more information but it has been a bit of a challenge. We do know that three brothers came from England before the Revolutionary War and our family is descended from one of the brothers. They originally settled in Jamestown and eventually resettled in Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

  20. Donna says:

    My ancestors are from Eastern Europe – Russia, Poland, Austria, Hungary and possibly Lithuania.

  21. Patricia Assanowicz says:

    I do know on my dad’s side they were from England, the funny part is my great great grandfather was traded for a cow, he lived wih the farmer that now owned him “so to speak”, he fell in love with the farmers daughter, they married and inherited all the property. I am not sure on my moms side, although I believe they were from Ireland, my grandfather was a cousin of the Wright brothers. How cool would it be to win this, my Mom was chock full of information and when you get older you say,Darn how I wished I would have paid more attention to the stories she would tell, she knew the family history so well, she is is Heaven now with my Daddy so I am at a loss, this would be a gift to win, I want to know the history so bad and to hand it down to the little ones in my family would be awesome. Thank you for the chance of a lifetime.

  22. Jill Gramins says:

    I just received a huge packet full of names and pictures f my ancestors from before their trip from Norway, and after they settled into Minnesota.This is SO exciting!

  23. jeanine davis says:

    My mom’s side is from Lithuania. My dad’s side is from Ireland and England.

  24. Pamela martin says:

    My mothers family is from Virginia. My father was born in arkansas. Haven’t been able to find any farther back

  25. Diane Popper says:

    My family’s ancestors came from Poland, Germany, Russia. Rumor has it that part of the family might have settled in Australia but I don’t know how to follow up on that.

  26. Georganne Chan says:

    As far as I’ve been able to trace them….most of mine are from Scotland & England, on both sides. With a bit of French & Native American Indian tossed in there!

  27. Christine Norman says:

    Germany – my Grandfather Servatius was 100% German.

  28. Edge says:

    My family is from Latvia. One day I hope to visit in order to truly get at my roots.

  29. Linda Hinkle says:

    I love reseaching, and have been tracing both sides of my family for awhile. My mother’s family came over from England to near where present day Raleigh, NC is located in the late 1600’s. My 6th g-grandfather was actually a Sir! He was one of the physicians for the court of King Charles II. Going on back through his mother’s family, it eventually goes up to my15th g-grandfather, John of Gaunt (and his father was King Edward III!) You never know what you’ll find with the family resarch!

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  31. Kathleen Iadevaia says:

    My ancesters are from Ireland, Canada and I think England, too.

  32. Patty Ryker says:

    My ancestors on my father’s side come from Wales and Germany. On my mother’s father’s side is Germany and on her mother’s side, assuming England but some do come from Germany. So much to do and so much fun.

  33. Kristine Bailey says:

    My family came from Ireland. I inherited a hand-written family tree that dates back to the 1600’s. It is so amazing where your ancestors can take you!

  34. Barbara Ames says:

    from Poland, Germany, England (that I know of so far)

  35. Cynthia Dixon says:

    Scotch on Mom’s side (the Campbell Clan) & Irish on Dad’s side. Mostly, I refer to myself as ‘Venusian’ as I’m often told I’m from another planet!

  36. Mary Barrow says:

    My ancestors are from the British Isles, mostly Scottish and Irish, with a line from Germany that has been traced back to the 1600s. Some of my ancestors emigrated first to the USA, then up to Canada; some to Canada first and then the USA.
    In the area where I was born and raised, I have ancestors dating back to the 1700s, which I found AMAZING!

  37. Carol Guth says:

    My paternal grandparents came from Faughanvale, County Derry, Ireland. My other lines came from Europe, primarily Germany and Great Britain.

  38. Fran says:

    I started researching my fathers family about 10 yrs ago. My grandparents are from England, married in 1901, had a daughter in 1903 & came to Canada that same year. My dad was born in Manitoba in 1907, then they all went back to England in 1908. My dad came back to Canada in 1924 by himself. I’m still trying to find them on the ships lists of that initial trip in 1903, but no luck yet. I’ve just started to research my moms family in Canada, & it has been difficult, so I’m not getting very far very fast!

  39. sherry stewart says:

    Mostly Ireland. But I have some American Indian blood also.

  40. Linda F says:

    I guess that I’m in the “mutt” category. Grandmother was from Lasday, the answer I got whenever I asked(no country). Grandfather from Tarnow, Poland. Paternal grandparents from Russia, Minsk area, I believe. Although Grandma was raised in Leeds, England. How they ever got together is a mystery. Sad to say that there is no one to ask. One of these days I’ll really get to work on the tree.

  41. Kim Cage says:

    On my fathers side, I believe his family originated from Ireland and on my mothers side, they were french huegonots from Germany.

  42. Donna Carnall says:

    My ancestors are from Germany, Ireland, England, Switzerland, & America Indian. Quite a mixture, but typically American, I believe! I love researching mine & my hubby’s family trees……I have learned so much in the 35 years I’ve been doing it!

  43. Judy says:

    My father came here from Switzerland 100% My mothers mother family came from Norway 100% But my mothers fathers family was what the term “Dukes Mixture” meant, it is a term for a family who ancestors came from a variety of European nations French, English, etc. did not mean from royalty but countries that had royalty.

  44. Cathy Haynie Roe says:

    My father’s family is a combination of English, Irish/Scotish and French. My side of the Haynie family in the US can be traced back to Capt. James Haynie or the Northumberland, Va Haynie through to me on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They Lowrey side of his family came to the US from Ireland, I believe and can be traced done through Blue Mountain, MS where the family founded Blue Mt. College and on to me on the MS Gulf Coast. The Quave family eventually changed to Cuevas by census spelling on the MS/LA Gulf Coast migrated to the US directly from France and had family present during the Am Revolution via DAR membership records I want to trace the families back to their pre-US origins if I can – thank you.

  45. Alice Hayden says:

    Well, Hienz 57 as my Dad always said. I know of ancestors from England, Germany, Italy, Bohemia (heck that country doesn’t even exist any more), and Norway ( and I’m a bit hazy as to whether it was Norway when Great Grandma & Grandpa Hayden came over). My Grandfather Hayden was born in this country in Turtle Creek, Wisconson, in 1906 I think.

  46. Diana Davila says:

    We are mostly of Mexican descent, but I have found out that we also have some Bulgarian, Spanish, Italian and French ancestors. Who know what else I will find?

  47. Connie Snow says:

    My ancestors are from England, Ireland & France. And my entire family ended up in Montana! There is family lore that we are descended from the French explorer La Salle. I’d love to know if this is true.

  48. tie Medeiros says:

    I am English all the way and my grandparents were from Bath, England. This would be fun and that’s all I know!!!!

  49. Brenda Rosenberg says:

    My grandfather and grandmother on my father’s side are from Bialystok, Poland (or Russia) depending on the day and time.
    My mother’s family is from Lemberg, Austria.
    I got involved when my son being an only child wanted to find out about the family. Met a cousin from my father’s side I never knew existedf when I moved to Arizona.

  50. David Linsley says:

    A great idea for self-preservation ! Hope i win

  51. Debbie Lech says:

    I have ancestors from Ireland

  52. Christy H says:

    My ancestors are from Germany and Sweden.

  53. Dianne Williams says:

    My dad’s side from Germany. My mother said she “thought” her side was English, but she also told me about a relative who was American Indian. Unfortunately they are all gone now and I didn’t really get interested in knowing my ancestry until recently. So I have no one to ask.

  54. Marilyn Montague says:

    What a wonderful gift idea!

  55. PamelaB says:

    Love this…it’s a lovely idea!

  56. Suzanne says:

    My mother’s are from Slovakia but I have never truly figured out where my father’s are from. I think it is a mixed bag of nuts.

  57. Linda Kish says:

    My maternal grandfather was from Norway born in 1870, died in 1950 and my maternal grandmother was first generation from Sweden born in 1882, died in 1974. Pretty good lifespans, huh?? Paternal side I am not sure how far back they emigrated to America.

  58. Pamela Wooten-Oram says:

    I know very little about my paternal side of my family and there isn’t anyone left who I can contact. I have some information on my mother’s paternal side of her family and nothing on the maternal side of her family. It is sad, I don’t know who I am or of what nationality. It would be such a gift to know more about my ancestory!

  59. Jennifer Elliott says:

    My ancestors are from Norway and Sweden. My husbands are from Indonesia, the Netherlands and Scotland. It’s the “Elliott” side that is hardest – there are so many different spellings of the name.

  60. dell says:

    I would love to win and be able to locate the past.

  61. Mary Ann Huffstetler says:

    England, Ireland, Scotland, and France. The Irish lines include Irish and Scots-Irish. Since most have been here since the 16 or 1700’s, I also count my ancestors as being from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, North and South Carolina, and then migrating on to Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. If you are searching, East Tennessee has some incredible resources available because so many families passed this way in the 1800’s.

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  63. Lori Howe says:

    My research shows family settled in the US in the 1700’s for the most part – Most came from England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany.

  64. AJB says:

    Sweden, England, Russia

  65. Barbara Bogard says:

    My maternal grandparents were from Norway. My paternal grandparents from Wales. Both grandfathers were deceased before I was born. I regret not learning more from my grandmothers when they were alive. Now I’m 68 and both parents are also dead. Only one aunt in her 90s remains, and I’ve begun searching. Thank you.

  66. Deborah Hansen-Ching says:

    My mother’s family, both sides, came from Ireland. The funny thing is that the 19th century census data reflects country of origin as either “Ireland (Ir)” or ‘Ireland (Eng)”. I haven’t yet discovered the reason for the distinction. Could be location in Ireland, religion, political allegiance? Mapping the genealogy of my family has been really fascinating!

  67. Judy Brenner says:

    On my Dad’s side, we are from Poland. My Mom’s side is such a mash up that we have family from all over, including Ireland and America, in the blood of Cherokee Indians!

  68. margara says:

    im not sure of the origins!! im still waiting to win last FOF prize on ancestry reaserch!

  69. Donna Harrington says:

    My family is a pretty mixed bag. We are from Scotland, Germany & England. The Scottish side immigrated to Canada & then to the Chicago area & ended up in the Dakotas. My g-grandmother wrote a series of articles for a newspaper called “My Dakota Land”. I am only 4th generation born in the U.S.A. on the German side and the English in my family have been here since at least the 1500’s .
    The Pocket Tree sounds like the best tool to come out in recent history for genealogists. Hooray for Rhonda for coming up with the idea…….leave it to us women!! ;>)

  70. Margarida says:

    As I was born in England, my father is British. My olive skin, Mediterranean looks and exotic first and middle names reflect the fact that my mother is Portuguese.

  71. paula says:

    most of my ancestors are from ireland.

  72. Jill says:

    from wales and england. a great product!

  73. Dana Sharp says:

    i don’t know where my ancestors are from… i remember asking, when i was little, and even my grandmother didn’t know for sure.
    some of my cousins and i have been meaning to do some family research – this would be a great tool to get us jump-started 🙂

  74. Sue Haugh says:

    Most of my Dad’s family is from Germany. There are some from Switzerland. My Mom’s family is from Germany.

  75. dar w. says:

    what a great gift for family holidays or get togethers … or a good game to see who can fill in the most info … and its portable!!!

  76. Nancy Lawville says:

    I’m not sure if our parents and grandparents were just being secretive, or just didn’t know anything.
    My grandparents, on my father’s side, were from Ireland. My father was one of 5 children. As we get older, it becomes even more interesting to know our family roots and what happened when they came here. My father started researching his ancestry with his brother and then he passed away. This sparked interest in knowing our family heritage and then became a passion for my cousin to continue looking. He is doing an amazing job piecing it together. My mother was impressed with my cousin doing it for my father’s side, she wanted her side of the family done too. My mother’s side of the family, is a little mystery. My mother was one of 5 children. However, she passed away suddenly, and we have not followed thru with her wish yet. She only has one surviving brother, up in his years, who gives us bits and pieces. I know they are Irish and Scottish, but not the details. I would love to do this and share the info with my brothers, sisters, cousins, and surviving aunts and uncles. Their stories are fascinating, and to be able to tie it all together would be wonderful. What a great idea you had…..it would work perfectly for me!

  77. katie says:

    I’m a European Mutt

  78. Julia Sanders says:

    This question is a little hard to answer since having some trouble with finding a true and complete answer. While researching the Holliday line and talking to families I believe we are Irish but mixed with German and possible Sweden. My connections are with the Holliday’s,Cooley’s,Miers, Hickmans and a few more thrown in. Also stories have been told of coming from Missouri to Ga,thru Mississippi and finally in La. We have possible connections to the Hollidays in Texas and California. Hoping to peice all of this together

  79. Julia Sanders says:

    This poduct is really neat. Going to order several and use as a door prize in our up and coming family reunion. Thanks so much for coming up with this ideal. Like you I have found it hard to carry all of the info when doing research. Thanks again

  80. Theresa Melton says:

    I started researching my father’s maternal great-grandfather, when I learned he was supposed to be a Union deserter in the Civil War, who married into the Tennessee family who gave him shelter. (I’m working on a novel set in that period)

    I couldn’t authenticate that family story as far as him being a deserter, but I did discover he was a Confederate! From Virginia, he indeed married a Tennessee girl after the War, and fathered two families (the second we had no knowledge of!) and had married three times.

    My maternal family had been traced back to the early 1700’s, when two brothers went west. One, my ancestor, crossed the Appalachians and settled in northeast TN/KY. We have some Cherokee ancestors on that side.

    I cherish all my ancestors, even the “black sheep” that turn up. After all, while they may have been hard to live with, they are certainly interesting to learn about at this distance!

  81. Tiera Bonnefond says:

    We are definitely mutts. I married into a French-Polish-English-Irish family. My own roots are German, English, Welsh, Scottish and Native American (family lore, but I haven’t proved it yet).

    I love doing the family research and the thrill of the find. My relatives seem interested and it has allowed me to re-connect with distant cousins.

  82. Madeline says:

    Most of my ancestors are from Italy. Both my mom and my dad are Italian.

  83. Janice says:

    On my mothers side I know we are Cherokee because we have a Dawes Commission Roll number but I don’t know exactly who was Native American. My fathers side of the family is said to be European but there are pictures of a few of the ancestors who also appear to me to be Native American. I am really pretty clueless about all of lineage all though it would be thrilling to find out!

  84. Tammy says:

    My mother’s father’s family came from Ireland.

    My father’s father’s family came from Germany. (He was one of the first men in German Town PA.)

    My mom’s mother’s family is mostly unknown.

    I father’s mother’s family is not for sure, but a simple maybe.

  85. Beverly Young says:

    On my father’s side:His mother’s family came from Scotland and his father’s came from Germany and Holland.
    On my mother’s side: Her father came from Trieste, which at the time was in Austria, but he was Slovakian. Her mother was a mail order bride from the same place and she also was Slovakian. Neither of my parents or their siblings would talk much about their parents. My dad’s parents were divorced in 1921 and my mom’s parents were divorced in 1922. They both had difficult childhoods. My mother’s mother had a boardinghouse and made bathtub gin. She was called gasoline Mary because she stored the gin in gas cans.

  86. Diane says:

    I’ve been told, Germany and Ireland but really don’t know.

  87. Pat Bosher Barrow says:

    I thought when my sister and I were the only Bosher relatives left that we were the end of the Bosher line. Little did I know! I started doing genealogy research and discovered that my gggrandfather from Tennessee had 2 wives and 24 children. What an experience it has been for my father died when I was 4. I am still continuing to be amazed at the number of relatives that I actually find that are living and my past is really colorful!

  88. mary says:

    Germany and Italy

  89. Bonnie says:

    My family that I know of were from Germany, they moved to a little area in Pennsylvania where quite a few Germans migrated to… still lots of Pennsylvania Dutch in the area… and lots of Amish and Mennonites

  90. Robi Malone says:

    I know that my family is from England with a little Indian. If you go to Stubenville, OH you can’t help but run into a relative. I’m not sure about the rest of my heritage. I’m working on it.

  91. Jan Urban says:

    In 1399, my father’s paternal side is found in North Stoke, Somerset, England. In the early 1400s they were in Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire, England. In 1657, a young, unmarried man came to “The New World”, my landing in Accomack County, VA

  92. Kathy P says:

    My family came primarily from Scotland, England and Denmark.

  93. Angela says:

    My ancestors came from Somerset, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New , Prussia and the Channel Islands.

    It is fun to unravel where they came from as well as meet up with “cousins” from all over the world and in my travels. I love to not only get the family names but to learn about them and where they lived, what they did etc.

  94. Mary Caliendo says:

    MY ancestors are mainly from the three nationality groups of Irish, Italian, and German (I think). The problem was that many records were not kept well or were lost around my great grandparents so I know little! A pocket tree would be very cool and most helpful!

  95. anne says:

    Eastern Europe. Poland.

  96. Faith says:

    Quite a mixture really. I think the dominant would be German & Scotch.

  97. Sarah Morris says:

    Ireland, England & Germany – along with some “brick walls” whose origins remain a mystery!

  98. Susan Swidler says:

    My family is from Eastern Europe and Poland. Some from Poland and the Ukraine, others from Russia.

  99. Kim says:

    The paternal side of my family is from Ireland. On my mother’s side, they are Welsh and Polish. What surprised me was to find that if I go back far enough the Welsh side was originally from Ireland as well.

  100. Cora Keys says:

    My ancestors are from Drumgoolan, County Louth, Ireland and Antrim County, Ulster Province, Ireland.

  101. SCarlstrom says:

    I started working on my family tree last year – using an old handwritten tree on typewriter vellum. My 87 year old dad had this paper in an old trunk.
    Now I am visiting cemeteries and planning vacations around my ancestral research!
    I have met new family!
    Wow, is all I can say!

  102. Wendy says:

    Russia, Hungary, (Dad), Switzerland, Sicily, (Mom)

  103. Nancy Blair says:

    My fathers line is from Germany and England, my mothers line is from France and Ireland.

  104. Dawn Stapinski says:

    I have been laid up for most of this year so it has been the perfect opportunity to work on my family tree. I think the most amazing thing is it seems I have ancestors from so many places: England, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Holland, Ireland, Scotland. The biggest challenge has been sorting through the misinformation and finding out the “facts”. But it is addicting, and every fact I find out makes me feel more and more connected.

  105. Chelsea Magee says:

    After doing a maternal DNA on Ancestry.com it said that my grandmother’s family may have descended from Europe.

    I’m having trouble trying to determine where my paternal family originated from.

    I’ve been told there are Native American ancestors on my maternal and paternal sides, but I have yet to prove any of this.

  106. Jan Urban says:

    I have been able to trace back my father’s paternal side to 1399, where the family is found in North Stoke, Somerset, England. In the early 1400s they relocated to Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire, England, and remained there until 1657. That year one young, brave, unmarried man left for the New World, where he is found in Accomack County, VA. One generation later they were in NC, where they remained until my father left to fight in WWII, married my mother and moved further south.
    My mother’s paternal side was from Glen Shiel and Kintail, Scotland, leaving for this country in the early 1700s. Having begun life in North Carolina, they moved to the Mississippi Territory in the late 1700s.
    I made a trip to England and Scotland, visiting those places where my family was from, two years ago, and it was a joyous experience I’ll never forget. I just wish I knew as much about my other lines! A fun, never-ending adventure into the past!

  107. MarshaH says:

    On my father’s side, my ancestors are primarily from England and Germany; on my mother’s, directly from Germany.

  108. Barbara Hockman says:

    My mother’s side of the family is from Scotland and Wales. My fathers’s side is from England and probably Germany.

  109. Jeanne Emery says:

    My mother’s side is from Sweden. My dad’s side is mostly Scottish, English, Welsh, with some Irish. I enjoy mostly searching the Scottish branch, but have not been able to find the connection back across the pond! I have hit a couple brick walls with other branches, have names but can find no proof online! I think it will require another trip back to New York state to visit the historical societies. My sister and I and 2 daughters took a trip there in 2003 and found some awesome things. We always said we are going back to look some more! It has been fun meeting “long lost cousins” online, and through Facebook!

  110. Dianna Prather says:

    My Dad’ side is from Gremany & England. My Mom’s side is from Ireland & Scotland.

  111. Donna Darlng says:

    My Ancestor’s are from Virginia, then to Tennessee.

  112. Teri says:

    My family on my mothers side is Irish, from the O’Neil’s. On my dads side, I have relatives from England, Scotland and Germany. Some of my research has lead me to Scandinavia, but this is several generations back.

  113. Nancy says:

    Ireland, England, and Germany

  114. Shirley Johnson says:

    My paternal family is from Ireland – immigrants to Canada and my grandmother on that side was from England. My maternal family is English and Welsh. Thanks to the wonders of the internet I have found out many things we didn’t know and have managed to connect with cousins no one even knew existed. Amazing for all of us. Recently we have located my husband’s relatives in Romania – we have been looking for YEARS!!

  115. Dolores Ferguson says:

    Both sides from Poland…my dad’s family from the section now under Lithuania and my mom’s family from the section now under the Ukraine.

  116. Teri says:

    My family on my mothers side is Irish, from the O’Neil’s. On my daff side, I have relatives from England, Scotland and Germany. Some of my research has lead me to Scandinavia, but this is several generations back. I need to verify my findings with facts now.

  117. Pamela Wright says:

    My ancestors are from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Germany.

  118. Cathy Hinz says:

    My father’s family is from Cassamassima, Bari, Italy. His parents came over in the early 1920’s. My great-grandfather came about 10 years before and before his wife, my grandmother and her sister could join him WWI broke out and they were separated all that time. When they joined him, two more girls were born here in the U.S. My mother’s family is mostly from England and Ireland. I have them traced back to the late 1500’s. I have ancestors who fought in the Revolution and the Civil War. It’s fascinating. I’m starting to work on my husband’s family tree now.

  119. Deb C says:

    Both Irish and French came to US via Canada

  120. Patricia Powers says:

    My ancestors are mostly Scots-Irish. My mother’s maternal ancestors came to America before we were even the USA. I am struggling with my mother’s paternal side of the family. I cannot get past her father with any confirmed ancestors. I began this study 2 years ago hoping to create a special keepsake for my adult daughter. I had to stop recently for several months due to work schedule. I’m in a place in my life I can work on our genealogy again! I’m planning to be trekking to the main library to get some answers and possibly even our State Archives.

  121. Sally says:

    My Gfather came to America when he was 18, from England. We know little of the family as he died when my Mother was only 16. From the work I’ve done, I think it goes back to about 1530. But I’m sure I need to make corrections. I’ve traced my Dad’s family back to early Maryland. But I lose them in England around 1600. My maternal GMothers family came from Ireland, but I haven’t found much on the tree.

  122. Sharla Desens says:

    My ancestors came from Germany, Sweden and England. Althought the Germans and Swedes came here 4 generations back, it looks like the English part of the family arrive here prior to 1788. I am still researching this, as my brother thinks he may have found a connection to the Mayflower.

  123. Sheila says:

    My father’s ancestors came from Germany, Scotland, Ireland and England.
    My Mother’s ancestors came from France, Ireland and England

  124. Tonya Pugh says:

    My mom’s fasthers family came over from Germany. My Dad’s ancestors also came over from Germany. I suspect they migrated to Germany from somewhere else. I have not traced my mom’s mom back enough to know where they came from, and as far as my dad’s mom her ancestors are from Virginia and West Virginia as far as I can trace.

  125. sharon zuch says:

    My Dad’s ancestry is from Prussia and Mom’s is from Germany and England. My dad never talked about his side of the family much. My mom really didn’t know much either, and by the time I got interested in it, all my grandparents were gone. So really is has become a very slow process for me. And working two jobs doesn’t give me much time either. I ‘m looking forward to one day finding the time, I love geneology.

  126. Mary Trogg says:

    Most came from Germany and Ireland. I’m still finding out about their lives in the US and Canada and haven’t done much European research.

  127. Danette Duckworth says:

    My maternal great great grandparents were both from Germany, but from different areas. They emigrated to the United States at different times and later met when their families settled near each other. I have yet to find the town that my great great grandmother came from. My great great grandfather came from Grossenmarpe in Lippe Detmold.

  128. Carol Lamb says:

    My fathers side are mostly from London, Wiltshire, and Germany/France…………..
    My mothers side are from Scotland with one line from Ireland….I love genealogy!!

  129. Susan Frederick says:

    I am from northern Illinois, and most of my mother’s and father’s family are both from Germany. Two of my great’s came over in the mid 1850’s and my maternal grandmother could spoke German and attended a German-speaking church. My maternal grandfather’s family has been in the US since before the Revolutionary War, and we think they came from Germany also. I’m very German!
    My husband’s family is Irish, so he is the emotional and I am the rational component of our own family.

  130. Marsha Garner says:

    I have many blocks on both sides of my family. Always looking for new info !!!

    I do have many cousins working on one of the lines, but my dads side is a huge brick wall.

  131. Vera Jane Brasher says:

    My dad kept his ancestry pretty much a secret. Apparently there had been some bad blood between some of the relatives and I grew up not knowing that I had cousins that lived less than 10 miles from us. From what I can gather, he was born in Oklahoma in 1899 (actually no one really knows the year for sure) and was 50 when I was born. Lots of Indian mixed in, which may be the reason for the secrecy.

    Same for my mother’s side. My great-grandmother was full blood Choctaw but would not admit it. Don’t know how she got away with that as she could not have looked more the part, but back then it was not popular to have any Indian blood.

    Along with the Indian, there is Irish, Black Dutch (?) and English mixed in. Very few records exist. These people were backwoods country.


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