How Diverse Is Your Family?

Llynn

Member
Location
Washington State
My Maternal side family generations: Great Grandparents, Grandparents, Mother, aunts and uncles, and my cousins all had blue eyes and were all of NW European heritage. When we started hatching kids, my generation brought some darker eyed genes into our club. One cousin's wife, a beautiful Japanese American girl frequently made jokes about being the only brown eyed person at our family doings. We all loved her.
 

Fyrefox

Member
I'm largely 3/4 German and 1/4 English, with a DNA test done by my sister who married someone of Italian background revealing some Irish and French from many generations ago. The latest arrival to the U.S. came in the early 20th century. I have a nephew married to an Indian lady who moves easily between American and Indian cultures...
 

OneEyedDiva

Senior Member
Location
Nrw Jersey
Original Poster
out of curiosity are we likely to know your relations who are singers , recording artists, and actors? :)..anyone well known?
Holly before I give that information, let me explain that I don't reveal my real name on sites that I use a screen name. The reason is that something called Botnets scan the internet and gather information which they then put into search engines. Another reason is due to the private nature of things discussed on this and another site for Boomers, On the other site, we are a very close knit "family" and get real personal sometimes. Never would I want the Botnets to connect the two. Also, they tend to hook words and phrases together that were spoken by or from someone else's site just because of a commonality (ie: we commented on one another's work on Broadjam or Facebook). Also, pictures of my family member have been shown on search engines when I've searched myself. That kind of creeps me out!

That being said, I will message you about my cousin Tony and I (we are recording artists) because Tony has our family surname. These cousins don't have our surname...Cousin Keith is definitely well known since he has acted in close to (if not) 200 T.V. shows and movies plus has done theater. Never met him but talked with his grandmother (who was one of our family reunion regional coordinators) countless times on the phone. I sent her my CD to take to him when she visited him in Cali. The one reunion he was able to attend (in Connecticut about 16 years ago) is where another cousin I never met who lived in Hartford approached him (at the urgings of our cousin Bernadine) and told him about her desire to become an actress. He offered to help her get started and invited her to stay with him and his wife. She babysat for them in between looking for gigs. The story was told to me by his grandmother,

Here are their Wikipedia links where you can see Keith's extensive Filmography and Kendra's works.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_David
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kendra_C._Johnson
I'll write a separate response with a video of my cousin Daniel on The Voice, Germany.
 
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OneEyedDiva

Senior Member
Location
Nrw Jersey
Original Poster
out of curiosity are we likely to know your relations who are singers , recording artists, and actors? :)..anyone well known?
I met my cousin Daniel when a group of us headed down to South Carolina by bus for our 2015 family reunion. He came from Germany just to be with us. None of us, not even his grandmother (the excited, brown woman in the video) knew of his singing aspirations at that time. It's a trip that he prefers to be a crooner rather than sing today's music. Daniel is doing gigs in Europe and is working on an album. Not well known yet....but praying he will find the success he deserves. His grandmother keeps me posted about his endeavors. He's a very nice young man and we're very proud of him. His mother and (half) brother are also cheering him on.
 

OneEyedDiva

Senior Member
Location
Nrw Jersey
Original Poster
One of my grandchildren is African American. Another is Mexican. We have Middle Eastern blood on my dad's side. My oldest son looks like Mohammed bin Salman.
Well then your oldest son is a handsome young man then. bin Salman kind of reminds me of a young version of my 2nd husband.
 

Pepper

Member
Whoa! Despite his looks, which please many people, bin Salman is a murdering cutthroat. I'm sure your son is a lovely person, I'd concentrate on that.
 

toffee

Senior Member
Location
uk
I have irish/English in my genes- not really such a thing as a true saxon ' Viking era saw to that ...
 

OneEyedDiva

Senior Member
Location
Nrw Jersey
Original Poster
Lesseeee...lessee....

Mom's side;
German, German, and more German

Dad's side;
Irish, English,

and

.....some sorta Mongolian tribe of the Oriats ('forest people')
Not sure how that happened
But,

it is what it is

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Of late, things have been a bit more diverse

Afro, Mexi, Erin, Anglo...maybe others, but.... thankfully.... none have come forth
Why do you say "thankfully...none have come forth" Gary?
 

OneEyedDiva

Senior Member
Location
Nrw Jersey
Original Poster
I am the second youngest of six kids. My mom always said her family was Irish, but after talking to some cousins, we determined she was a mixture of Irish, Welsh, Scottish, etc. She came from a family of 7 kids. My dad was Hungarian. His parents immigrated to the USA in the early 1900's. He was one of 9 kids. Tons of cousins, aunts, uncles.

I then found out, after I had been married a couple of years, that the man I thought was my biological father wasn't. My younger brother and I are the only full siblings we have. A shock to say the least. And I wonder how often this type of thing happens. Maybe without anyone knowing.

I have a whole other family out there I know nothing about.
I know how you feel Uptosnuff. I found out on the day of my 16th birthday party that the person I thought was a beloved cousin was actually my birth mother and my parents were actually my grand uncle and aunt. My bio-mom died very young at age 25 from kidney disease so she was already gone when I found out. The psychic part of me suspected they were not my "real" parents since I was very young. I was too young to know the word "biological" at the time. Blessedly they were great parents.
 

Uptosnuff

Member
I know how you feel Uptosnuff. I found out on the day of my 16th birthday party that the person I thought was a beloved cousin was actually my birth mother and my parents were actually my grand uncle and aunt. My bio-mom died very young at age 25 from kidney disease so she was already gone when I found out. The psychic part of me suspected they were not my "real" parents since I was very young. I was too young to know the word "biological" at the time. Blessedly they were great parents.
Sounds like everything turned out alright for the both of us. I had a very stable, mostly happy childhood, considering the circumstances. Although I was totally ignorant.

Interesting about the "psychic part" of you that suspected. I didn't suspect a thing. Absolutely clueless, but my younger brother always thought we were adopted when we were kids. We did not look like any of our siblings, and they were so much older than we.
 

Duster

New Member
Location
Deep South, US
According to genealogy records, most of my English/Irish/Scottish family came to the US in the 16th century. The German and French arrived in about 1830. I used to be part Native American, but one of my dad's cousins had a DNA test and concluded there was no Indian blood in the family, only tall story tellers.
 

Gary O'

Well-known Member
Location
Oregon
Why do you say "thankfully...none have come forth" Gary?
The ones accounted for are more than enough.
They've all but done me in.
Unsure of what/who's out there, sprung from my loins during the early 'busy' season of thoughtless premature manhood
 

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