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How Far Back Can You Trace Your Family.
 
# 16 : Thursday 9-10-2014 @ 07:37
 
 
I wouldn't be into tracing my adoptive family, despite regarding my adoptive mother and one of my aunts as relatives. I am interested though in the history of whatever my actual ancestry is. Some years ago I sent a request to the Adoption Register people for info on illness history but I got no reply.

I sortof feel natural parents are entitled to their privacy after giving up a child. I'm not comfortable with the pressure on governments to help trace parents if they don't want to be traced.
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# 17 : Thursday 9-10-2014 @ 08:27
 
 
Someone said :
I wouldn't be into tracing my adoptive family, despite regarding my adoptive mother and one of my aunts as relatives. I am interested though in the history of whatever my actual ancestry is. Some years ago I sent a request to the Adoption Register people for info on illness history but I got no reply.

I sortof feel natural parents are entitled to their privacy after giving up a child. I'm not comfortable with the pressure on governments to help trace parents if they don't want to be traced.

What if they do?
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# 18 : Thursday 9-10-2014 @ 08:47
 
 
I wouldn't let one non-response stop you.

I'm not trying to get your hopes up but there's no harm in giving it a go
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# 19 : Thursday 9-10-2014 @ 21:23
 
 
My parents are very into genealogy and have traced one line back to the mid 17th century. More can be done with the family names etc but considering the cultural origins to get that far with a direct line is something I find very impressive.

I find the ancestors very interesting but there's always more, as the line doubles every generation so it's hard to pick who to follow. A lot of complete mentalists in the maternal line, a good amount of herbalists and weavers too however. The father had a lot of people who lived more then their expected portion, like my great great grand mother who was named Honour and reached her 96 year, however she never lived in a house. Her sister died when she was 78 after spending many years rebelliously as a mason and had actually carved her own headstone 20 years before hand.
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# 20 : Thursday 9-10-2014 @ 21:59
 
 
Thats great that they managed to trace that far back, Shavano,

Does anyone know if there are any online sites or programs that are designed to be a family tree template. I was thinking having some sort of tree where you can drop photos of family members and then have branches off for children would be great, probably too good to be true though.
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# 21 : Thursday 9-10-2014 @ 22:05
 
 
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# 22 : Thursday 9-10-2014 @ 22:47
 
 
Cheers Kev, looks like something i can use for a start
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# 23 : Sunday 12-10-2014 @ 20:32
 
 
I probably have this all wrong but if I remember correctly my mother's Grandad was a protestant from the North. His brother traveled down for the wedding and couldn't go back due to sectarianism. He ended up living with the newlyweds.
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# 24 : Sunday 12-10-2014 @ 20:41
 
 
I can't really go much further back than than my great grandmother on my dad's side, but some intrepid genealogist traced our surname back to a single French Huguenot that fled to South Africa in the 1600s
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# 25 : Monday 13-10-2014 @ 00:33
 
 
That's mad - is it a common surname in SA?
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# 26 : Monday 13-10-2014 @ 00:55
 
 
Someone said :
That's mad - is it a common surname in SA?

Yes, Bwana.
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# 27 : Monday 13-10-2014 @ 21:40
 
 
Someone said :
That's mad - is it a common surname in SA?

It's common enough that you would know some people with the same surname, but not know how distantly they're related. I was the only one with this surname in my year at school, out of about 150 kids.

@Kev.... very good, wrong country, but still very good
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# 28 : Monday 13-10-2014 @ 21:57
 
 
I guess 400+ years is enough time to sprout a few descendants.

My surname goes back to the 12th Century and the Norman invasion.
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# 29 : Monday 13-10-2014 @ 22:11
 
 
My furthest back relative that I know about was murdered over land. Like in The Field.
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# 30 : Monday 13-10-2014 @ 22:48
 
 
Someone said :
My furthest back relative that I know about was murdered over land. Like in The Field.

How long ago was that?
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