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Thread: Colonials. Do You Have Contact with Your Relatives in Europe?

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    Colonials. Do You Have Contact with Your Relatives in Europe?

    Just recently found my relatives on Facebook and I am wondering if I should contact them or not. Have any of you made an effort to contact or been contacted by your ancestors in Europe? And how did it go?

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    No offense to you - but if you're a colonial, you shouldn't put "Norway" as your country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kungen av Norden View Post
    No offense to you - but if you're a colonial, you shouldn't put "Norway" as your country.
    I am not a colonial, but my question goes out to colonials(in lack of a better word). That would be members living in the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia etc. Members not from the Germanic heartlands. I(living in Norway) found my relatives in Canada(ancestors)

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    Leave him alone. If he wants call his overseas Germanics outside of Europe "colonials", that's quite all right. We still call ourselves "colonials" in Australia as a term of amusment more than anything else. One well-known family of fishmongers and seafood restauranteurs used to have as their company motto: Proudly serving the Colony since 1872. Many of the Moslems here, particularly older ones, still call all English-speaking Australian whites "the English".

    But regrettably no, my grandparents were the last to have contact with relatives in Europe as far as I know. I don't even have contact with my siblings anymore. I would still have distant relatives in the UK and Germany; they would all be distant cousins at this stage of the game.

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    I really should. My mother was able to track down some relatives in Norway to meet/stay with 30-some years ago.

    I found a family-finding German website that indicates that my surname is very rare. Might be worth polishing my Deutsch and signing up.

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    I have distant cousins in Australia and Canada, and probably the USA too.

    I've had some contact with Australian cousins, but only through Genes Reunited, we're not best mates or anything.

    I came into England with Oak, Ash and Thorn, and when Oak, Ash and Thorn are gone I shall go too.

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    We prefer the term 'non-indigenous.'

    Most of my ancestors immigrated at the turn of the twentieth century or before. Typically once immigrated, all contact was lost with overseas relatives beyond the immigrant generation. There was no Internet or jet airliners. Also there were two world wars to isolate the Germans from their relatives.

    However, one distant relative from Norway contacted my mom about twenty years ago. She was making an extensive family booklet with our pictures, etc. and was distributing it to her relatives. She herself ended up migrating but we lost contact with her and was last heard from in Washington or somewhere across the country. From this I know I have very distant relatives in Canada as well but I've never contacted any.

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