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    I wanted to start a thread here where members can share about their ancestry. Ancestry can commonly be researched by studying surnames, family documents, and ancestry DNA results. I am a person of German, Polish, Irish, and Russian American ancestry. Some family surnames I have identified are the Meyer, Rozanski, Colfer, Kelly, Hesse, and Blake families.


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    One of my great-great grandfathers, who was named Vincent Rozanski, served in the US Army during World War 1 in France. One of my two grandfathers, who was named Walter Meyer, joined the US navy in 1946. My grandfather Walter was born in 1928 and joined the US Navy at age 18.


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    One of my great grandfathers was named William Colfer. An uncle told me that when William immigrated from Ireland to the US his surname was changed from Colfer to Colford. At some point my Colford, or Colfer, family changed their surname back to Colfer. My grandfather, William's son, was named John Colfer.
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    I had a question about English ancestry. Are people of English descent mostly an Anglo-Saxon, Norman-French, and Celtic-Briton people?
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    Robert would be my great-great-great grandfather who came to North America to fight for the British in the War of 1812-14. He was of Irish descent and I’m not quite certain of the politics back then but I believe Ireland had been swallowed up by Britain at that time. Being a survivor from the winning side he was given a tract of land in what is now call Leamington, Ontario, Canada which is close to today’s Windsor/Detroit border.

    For reasons unknown our family name has been changed from O’Rourke to what it is today, still Irish however. One theory was that Robert changed his name when he enlisted, possibly because he was a wanted man in England. The war may have been quite convenient for persons running from the law.

    Other surnames from my ancestry include Batryn, Stuart, Hood, Hisey
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