Where our ancestors laid their heads. 

Technically I am American, born and raised here. My mother and father where also born and raised in America; the only life I know is an American life. Lately I’ve been thinking about the past, not so much my past, but the past of my family. In my 21 years of living on earth, I’ve witnessed 6 family members pass away and multiple family members of my fiancés pass away. It makes me wonder, how many family members do I have out in the world, that have no idea I even exist? Both sets of my grandparents where born and raised in America, but that’s as far back my family was in America. My great great grandfather, John, moved to America with his family, and they changed our last name into what it is today. Johns father, was born and raised in Wurzburg, Germany; while Johns mother was born and raised in County Mayo, Ireland. Apparently Johns parents had like a Romeo and Juliet relationship being German and Irish. I know that I have family members buried in Wurzburg Germany, County Mayo Ireland, Lorain Co Ohio, Conway South Carolina, and Glasgow Scotland. But that’s only my dad’s side.

My mom’s side my mom’s family didn’t come to America until 1905. I have little information about my mom’s side. I do know that my great great great grandfather was born raised and buried in County Wexford, Ireland. And his wife and their children also born raised and died in Carnew, Wicklow Ireland. Also family members are buried in; County Cork Ireland, County Wicklow Ireland, and Sand Patch Pennsylvania.

I think it’s seriously amazing that I’ve never heard of any of these people and I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for these people.

To be completely honest, I’ve never even heard of some of these places in Germany or Ireland! I’d love to go to them and see if I have family members still located there, maybe even having our original last name.

I looked up the places I have family members buried at, and here are some of the pictures that came up on google images.

 County Wexford, Ireland.

 County Wiclow, Ireland.
 County Cork, Ireland.
 Glasgow, Scotland
 Wurzburg, Germany.


I think it’s seriously amazing that my ancestors walked and lived in these lands! They probably had no idea that generations and generations would pass, and here I would be sitting in America wishing I could be in some of these places my ancestors lived. Makes me wonder where my future ancestors will be when I’m long gone and they’re searching my name in search engines! 

8 comments

  1. dreamingfracture · January 31, 2016

    I spend a lot of time in Glasgow. I used to live there, still have friends there and it’s only a couple of hours by train. 😀

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  2. moreofmoreblog · January 29, 2016

    Love the pics!

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  3. alucardeverlasting · January 29, 2016

    Those are some beautiful pictures. I think it’s one of th emost interesting things to think about: ancestry and the fact that there were people long gone whose genes you still carry. It’s a little creepy and a little awesome haha. I know my mom’s history alright, but not my dad’s, and I really want to get “23 and me” to track my genes across the globe. It’d be interesting to see where some of my genes are tracked back to, since I can’t get tangible family history.

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    • yourenotaloneinthisworld · January 29, 2016

      Never heard of “23 and me”, but yeah I wish websites like ancestory.com was free because I spent hours today searching my last name. I mean I did stumble upon a family member that was killed in Germany because he was a member of the nazis, that made me wanna stop looking into that side of my family tho. I just think it’d be cool to know I have family still in Ireland or Germany, or anywhere besides the US.

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      • alucardeverlasting · January 29, 2016

        “23 and me” is a genetics lab where you send a sample of your saliva and they study your genes and trace their history. It’s actually legitimate according to my biology professors, and a few of them have done it. It’s about 200 dollars.

        I wish ancestry was free too. I bet you still have family in those countries and I bet you could find them too, with the right set up. At least a family name, you know? I was going to use ancestry but then I remembered my dad’s side would not have been recorded in the census, not accurately at least, particularly during slavery. So I can only rely on my genes for information on him. And stories.

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        • yourenotaloneinthisworld · January 29, 2016

          Oh that’s cool,never heard of it before. That’s definitely something I’d be interested in doing! Maybe you could try googling his last name? I found a lot of information because of other people searching the same last name as me.

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