Thursday, May 21, 2015

What's Your Cultural Heritage?

I know this doesn't really seem like a real blog post, but I thought it was interesting, so I'm going with it. ;)

Recently, I was talking to a friend who is reading a very interesting-sounding book, one I think I would like to read at some point. I can’t remember the name (I’ll have to ask her the next time I see her, not sure when that will be at this point, though!), Albion's Thread or Seed*, maybe... but she was telling me about the history of immigrants to the US, and how the culture here can largely be traced to the various English settlers in various regions of the U.S.

I responded by saying, “That would be very interesting to me- my Mom is of Swedish/Norwegian descent, but my Dad is of English/Welsh heritage.  Hence, our last name- which for me was my maiden name, obviously- Williams.”

It made me start to wonder about cultural heritage and how that makes us who we are. I can see it in my husband especially. He is primarily of German, Eastern European, and Scottish descent. I can totally see how his logical, no-nonsense approach to life comes from his German side, and I can see from his looks, that he favors some of his relatives from Eastern European side.

I think this question is so interesting… perhaps even more intriguing in some ways than personality types. I know- scandalous!

What is your cultural heritage? You tell me! I really want to know!

Looked it up.... I think this is the book?


Libba said...

I'm Scotch-Irish! Pretty much all the way on both sides! Crazy eh? We're a very freckly family with red hair genes but I don't know of anything else that ties us to it.

Tacy said...

That doesn't surprise me! How did I not know that-- {or I must have forgotten.}

Thanks for the comment, Libba!:-)

Shannon said...

We've always joked in my family that we are mutts. Some of fathers ancestors came over with William Penn. My grandmother had a book that traced out the lineage. As a kid I always enjoyed learning about that. On both sides we know there is Irish, and English, but we also know that my maternal grandfather's parents came from Russia before he was born. They died when he was young and he was raised by nuns so we really don't have much information. My mom knows of some Italian too!

Tacy said...

Ooh... Your grandfather was raised by nuns? That could be a novel.

Thanks for the comment!;)

Michele Chronister said...

German and Polish! My dad was actually born in Germany and immigrated with his parents when he was a baby.

Michele Chronister said...

German and Polish! My dad was actually born in Germany and immigrated with his parents when he was a baby.

Tacy said...

ooh, wow. That's really interesting. So, if he was a baby, does that make him a first generation immigrant or a second generation immigrant, technically?