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#1 descendentoffrey

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 03:54 PM

does anyone here know how long their family "religion" has been in the family.  
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Posted 05 May 2004 - 06:11 PM

In my family, I have the following ethnic linage (I'm being 'trained' so to speak to pick up as the family genealogist by my great uncle)...Irish, Scottish, English, French, Dane.

As far as my family records show, the Catholics have been Catholic I guess since the Church reached Ireland.  The Anglicans have been Anglican since Henry VIII split with Rome to marry Anne Boylen (the English branch of my family), and the various Protestant lines converted from Catholism around the time Martin Luther set the wheels in motion.  I have evidence of the French branch fleeing to England after the Massacre of St. Bartholomew in 1572.

Me, as far as I know, I am the only Pagan in the various family lines.

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 06:13 PM

[glow=blue,2,300][move]Hullo, Descendentoffrey and welcome to GV ;D[/move][/glow]

About 100 years or so, my Great-Grandparents on both sides of the family were Muslims who's children converted to Christianity
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Posted 05 May 2004 - 06:14 PM

as far as i know, i'm half german, half irish. very boring. lol anyways, as far back as i know (about the 1800's) my family's always been catholic. and like vampchick, i'm the only pagan. oh and my aunt's lutheran but she converted after she got married. otherwise, that's it
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#5 Vampchick21

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 06:15 PM

Muslim to Christian?  That's very interesting!  Was there a spiritual reason for the conversion or a 'necessary' reason?  

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 08:22 PM

does anyone here know how long their family "religion" has been in the family.


We've been Christian since before 1,000 AD.

Joseph Smith, Jr, founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1830.  My 3rd and 4th great-grandparents met him that same year and were baptized two years later.  I have progenitors mentioned in the Doctrine and Covenants (one of 4 volumes of Scripture).

My native line converted to Christianity in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Posted 06 May 2004 - 04:24 AM

Catholic as far back as anyone knows. I'm the first with Pagan tendencies in many many years.

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 07:58 AM

Welcome descendentoffrey ;D

As far as I know its been Catholic but my grandmother and great grandmother on my mothers side are Wiccan, as am I
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Posted 11 May 2004 - 09:09 AM

Hi, Vampchick21,
*LOL*I wish it was some sort of special significance, a burning bush or something of the sort, they simply moved to more Christian countries, my maternal Grandfather to the US<they didn't want to stand out as being different>and
me Da's ancestor moved from Syria to Lebanon, both are predominantly Muslim countries, but Lebanon's President was Christian.

This has little to do with religion or spirituality, but how many of you are second or first generation Americans and know little or nothing of your ethnic culture/language from growing up? Speaking for myself, my Da moved to the US when he was 8, Arabic was not spoken, even with relatives from the Middle East and he insisted on using the Anglocized names<Nabih has a lot more OOMPH than Bill>we ate mainly American food, ya know?
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#10 Vampchick21

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 09:27 AM

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With my own ethic background (listed above...lol), the language is mainly English anyway (with the exception of my Irish heritage, but no one that I know of on either side of the pond actually speaks Irish).  Being Canadian, I also was taught French, although I admit to murdering the language every time I attempt it.  I know that another branch of my O'Sullivan line moved to New York City at one point and dropped the 'O'.

As for Generational Canadian, this is where it gets very confusing.  One branch of my family ( the line I'm directly linked to with my maiden name) has been in Canada for 200 years (arrived as colonists).  But my father is the Irish born son of an Irish War Bride.  My mother's line too has her mother's people here a good 100 years or so, but her father arrived from England at the age of 16 in 1929.  So I think technically I'm considered an 8 or something like that generation Canadian.

Here's something interesting, at least to me.  It strikes me (simply observation and I could be way off base) that when a family immigrates to the US, they tend within a generation to shed their ethic roots (language, dress, traditions, etc), and hence the "Melting Pot".  In Canada, I know several 2nd and 3rd generation Canadians that still speak their native language, wear traditional dress, etc, etc, while enjoying Canadian traditions, language and dress at the same time.  

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 09:29 AM

I never even tried to look it up. Do you know if it costs and if so how much. It would be interesting to find out who I am really related to.
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Posted 11 May 2004 - 09:46 AM

Genealogical search?  First, be fair warned.  It's an addictive hobby :)

Now, cost depends on a lot of things.  I've had to pay small amounts here and there to national archives in England, Ireland and Scotland to dig up vital stat records.   But I do much of my own legwork.  If you want a professional genealogist to do the work for you, yes, you'd have to pay for that, cost depends on the genealogist.

If you go to http://www.cyndislist.com it should help you out.  If you decide to start working on your family tree on your own, start with yourself, then your parents, grandparents, etc...working back.  But the Cyndi's List site should help you, lots of good tips and info there.

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 03:45 PM

Gosh, I wouldn't even know what religion anyone is.  I know that my mom went to a catholic school in elementary years, and that my grandma was catholic.  I know that my great-grandmother on grandpa's side went to a catholic boarding school in Canada in the 1800's.  My family on mom's side is Irish and Canadian-French.  I have a family tree all the way back to the 1600's with the first French to go to Canada, but what religion they all were I have no idea.

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 09:05 AM

we have been Hindus for over 800 years of known history ;D and still are - except me the rebel lol (I have my own set of belief's but based on Hinduism)
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