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    My roots are from and in Finland. My family has lived here for centuries (which is a bit boring, lol). I don't even know when they came here and where did they come from. Most finnish people originate partly from the east (the eastern population from Uralian in Russia) and partly from west (the west coast population from Sweden) One of my great grandmothers is from Ingermanland (Inkeri) and she is the only "foreign" in my family.

    So, I'm most likely to have the rare herited diseases that are very common in this country because of the small genetic variation we have here (before people got married to a person in the same village or the next and the genetic variation got really small not to talk about the small population of the whole country which does not help at all in genetic stuff, lol.)

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    25% Canadian
    English with some Scandinavian way back... those ornery Vikings.

    25% ? (probably English)

    25% German

    12.5% Scottish/German mix

    12.5% Native American
    Imagine thinking you're all Caucasian all of your life, only to discover in your late teens an old photo of your great grandmother who is clearly Native American.

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    Polish and Ukrainian, with some French, Spanish, Irish mixed in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leysing View Post
    I believe I carry some Russian-or-something genes.... I don't look very Scandinavian. My hair is not blonde (It's almost black.). My eyes are not blue (They are dark greenish grey.) And I'm easily tanned and I never burn myself in the sun. My father looks like Mediterranean-or-something.
    I've heard that Finns are less likely to be blonde than Swedes or Danes. My grandmother was Finnish and her hair was almost black, except she had very light skin, like Bjork. Though I think she was blonde as a little girl.

    I'm 50% German, 25% Finnish, and something hyphenated Jewish for the remaining 25%.

    I'm from Minnesota but since I've lived in Kansas the past few years, it's kind of cool having the heritage I do. Everyone here seems to be either Anglo-Saxon or Native American. I feel special.
    I don't wanna!

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    Finnish parents and grandparents, then there's a german great grandfather.. From my mother's side, but I don't remember if he's mother's father's father or mother's mother's father

    I'm really surprised for so many having Finnish ancestry, even if in small part!
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    I was born in Ontario.

    My mother was born in Ontario. Her mother was born in Northern Ireland; her father was born in Nova Scotia.

    My father was born in Quebec. His mother was born in Vermont; his father was born in Quebec.

    I'm 1/4 Irish, 1/2 French, and 1/4 anglo-scott-mutt.

    But I'm 100% Canadian. Eh.
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    I was born in Kenya, my parents are both 100% kenyan and no im not a freakishly good distance runner( I actually hate long distance running)

    but Ive moved around a ton Ive lived in England for 4 years and picked up an accent, I then moved to Canada and apparently picked up a Canadian accent an d I finally settled down here in the United States.

    so in terms of roots I would say I have a good connection to my heritage, I understand my native tongue pretty well but in terms of speaking it, im pretty terrible most likely due to me living in English speaking countries for the majority of my life and being used to their intonations.

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    I was born in Cambridge, which is in the Fens in England. My Mum grew up in the Fens in England. My Dad, however, grew up in the Fens in England. Both of my grandmothers came from the same village, in the Fens in England, where I now live. Both grandfathers came from nearby villages/towns. No, really, my heritage is really that exciting! But, no, I do not have webbed toes/ six fingers/ two heads etc.

    Actually, there is an interesting part of my heritage, I'm a direct descendant of William the Coqueror (sp?) if no one lied much on birth certificates
    Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling into at night. I miss you like hell. ~Edna St. Vincent Millay

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    Quote Originally Posted by WobblyStilettos View Post
    I was born in Cambridge, which is in the Fens in England. My Mum grew up in the Fens in England. My Dad, however, grew up in the Fens in England. Both of my grandmothers came from the same village, in the Fens in England, where I now live. Both grandfathers came from nearby villages/towns. No, really, my heritage is really that exciting! But, no, I do not have webbed toes/ six fingers/ two heads etc.

    Actually, there is an interesting part of my heritage, I'm a direct descendant of William the Coqueror (sp?) if no one lied much on birth certificates
    I was going to make an in-bred joke, but you ruined it!!!!!

    William the Conquerer? How did they trace back that far?! Thats still pretty cool. That makes you of partial french heritage, right... but going back that far probably doesn't count in terms of nationality, does it?

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    Wisconsin. Ancestors: France, Switzerland, and Germany.

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