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    Quote Originally Posted by Adasta View Post
    Yes, that's much clearer - thanks.

    However, I still find it baffling that anyone would ask that question, or at least phrase it that way. It seems to denigrate America or "Americaness". If another Englishman said to me "Where are you from?" I would always reply "England" (or the town/region, obviously). Also, no Englishman would ask me that question and then expect me to say "Italian and Irish and also Welsh etc."

    I think the sheer normality of this dialogue is what baffles us (Europeans). It seems odd to me, anyway!
    Yes, I can certainly see how it would seem odd. It seems odd to me that it's not a normal thing to ask/discuss in Europe, but when you think about the fact that the US is a settler nation and most of us are descendants of immigrants, it makes more sense, I think.
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    Question:

    Ha. I see most people interested in their ancestors have cool ancestors.

    How about Albania? Anyone interested in that?

    What are the odds of an American being interested in his: English, German, Norwegian, French, Russian roots as opposed to: Albanian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Moldavian, Ukrainean, Serbian roots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by guesswho View Post
    Question:
    How about Albania? Anyone interested in that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by guesswho View Post
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    Ha. I see most people interested in their ancestors have cool ancestors.

    How about Albania? Anyone interested in that?
    The Albanian mafia is supposed to be worse than the Russian mafia...

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    Interpol's most wanted list is full of Albanians

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    Cooler? What's a cool ancestor? Why wouldn't someone from Albania be interested? I'm wondering about the record keeping in what you say are "non cool" countries. How easy would it be to find out about my kid's polish ancestor's vs. Scottish? (I actually have no idea, I didn't have anything to do with researching any of my ancestry) Why is one better than the other?

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    Perhaps it's because the US is a melting pot of nationalities. When you're in such diverse surroundings, it's only natural to identify with and gravitate toward what is familiar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guesswho View Post
    What are the odds of an American being interested in his: English, German, Norwegian, French, Russian roots as opposed to: Albanian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Moldavian, Ukrainean, Serbian roots?
    I think the odds are about the same. Also, a lot of the countries in your second group are newer countries (at least in their current form) as well, so people who can say their ancestors are specifically from Serbia are probably more recent, and probably more connected to the ancestral culture than those of us whose families have been in the US for 200 years.
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    Well I don't know, I don't live in the US. I may be wrong, my ancestors have lived in the same place for like ...150 years

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    Hmm, I don't even think that there are that many people from Eastern Europe in the US.

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