Do you know your heritage?

I Thought I Knew How To Speak Gaelic

February 21, 2013 by Michelle

It’s Thursday, so it’s another #VlogMom question.  I wasn’t sure how I was going to answer the question Bay from Queen Mother Blog asked because I feel like I’m failing in my familial pride somewhere along the way.  At the same time, it is who I am – I look forward much more than I look back.  And I have a slightly entertaining story that fits, too.  Because I used to think I knew how to speak Gaelic.

Then again, I also used to think that Tom and Jerry were people who dressed in costumes for the cartoons.  I was seriously concerned about how they recovered from pianos falling down the stairs and landing on them until I saw a special when I was maybe 6 or 7 years old that detailed the animation process.  You can’t make this stuff up.

So yes, part of my heritage is Irish, but there’s so much more….

What is your heritage?

    Comments

  • Tara R.


    My paternal grandfather was our family historian. He traced our branch back to 990AD. I, apparently, descend from Danish Vikings.

    • Michelle


      Wow. THAT is impressive. The wee ones would *love* to be descended from Vikings. Very cool that your grandfather did this – and obviously then shared it with you.

  • Bay @ Queen Mother Blog


    I’m sure there’s way more interesting stuff than you think! Or you could get started on your husband’s side for your kids’ sake…but really, I know, who has the time!

    • Michelle


      I think that’s actually more of what it is – I can’t have one more time suck and I KNOW this would take a ton of time. It just has to slide down the priority list. But if someone else had done it for me, I’d be happy to peruse it 😉

  • Jen @ BigBinder


    Yes, don’t investigate – it’s better that way. After finding out I was related to my husband, I wish I had left that whole thing alone. That is really funny about the handshoes! I am also curious about your cat’s genealogy too 🙂

    • Michelle


      We’re all related in some way, right? So umm how closely related are you?

      My cat’s geneology? Yeah… I can’t keep them away. Literally, the second they see me setting up the video equipment, they’re all over me. I usually shut them in the basement, but I didn’t this time. We’ll never know what it is, though – they were both found wandering in an alley in Chicago. Obviously someone’s pets because they were so friendly, but dumped 🙁

  • Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy


    everyone’s story is interesting. I am half Irish and want nothing more than to go to Ireland and see the now crumbling family castle.

    • Michelle


      I’ll volunteer to go for you and provide a thorough report on your castle. How cool! Where is your castle? I was actually talking to my husband last night how my ideal vacation would be riding across Ireland on horseback from B&B to B&B. I love it!

  • Jendi


    I don’t know of any amazing stories in my genealogy. They lived in Europe, they immigrated, they provided for their family. BUT that in itself has interesting parts – why did they come? did they leave family behind? did they move around after they were in the USA? where did they get married? what jobs did they work? did more family come later? I find it fascinating and like to listen to others tell about it and read about it; but I don’t have time to research it myself.

    • Michelle


      That’s exactly it, Jendi. I’ve actually read a few books lately that focus on the immigration and integration of families (novels) that have been fascinating. And that could be my family, too!

  • Cher


    One day I’ll vlog! Great question to think about!

    • Michelle


      You should vlog. It’s fun! And yes, it’s an interesting question, isn’t it?

  • Pat


    I’m approximately 3/4 English and 1/4 Irish, but there are slivers of French, Swedish and Ojibwe (aka Chippewa) in the pie that is me. My mom had relatives interested in genealogy, so they sent her a lot of info. My 10-greats grandfather on my mom’s side, Colonel John Hanson of the Swedish Army, companion of King Gustavus Adolphus, was slain at Lutsen (Sweden) on November 16, 1632. Most all of my mom’s relatives emigrated from England in the 1640s—they were Puritans seeking religious freedom. Most of them settled in the areas of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. My dad’s grandfather sailed from Cork, Ireland, in the 1840s during the Potato Famine in Ireland. My mom’s father was hired by Henry Ford in 1916 out of Johns Hopkins Med. School to help staff Ford’s brand new Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and Grandpa eventually became chief of staff there. My dad’s father spent time in Fort Leavenworth Prison in Kansas for embezzling money from the Army. So my two grandfathers came from opposite ends of the social ladder.

    • Michelle


      I love those details – and definitely interesting with the two grandfathers who were so different! I’m impressed that you can trace back to 1632 AND what he was doing then.

  • Pat


    Oh, I forgot to say that my ancestor, Colonel John Hanson, died while attempting to shield the king in battle.

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